The Art of the Guillotine

Last night, I returned to London Shootfighters for three hours of combat training. For the first hour and a half, I was taught Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu by a three-time world champion (everybody at London Shootfighters is pretty much the best at what they do).

Step by step, Simon and I were taught how to escape from positions of weakness and turn them into positions of strength, concluding with a type of armbar capable of tearing a limb right off. Although it wasn’t as exhausting as wrestling sparring (nothing in the world is), it was a valuable lesson and one that we could put to good use immediately afterwards – in the MMA class.

Not being exhausted from 90 mins of hard wrestling beforehand, this week’s MMA class was far more bearable. In fact, I managed to submit every sparring opponent I was given, though they also managed to make me submit more than once each. This is a huge improvement, however. As a wrestler, I have no trouble grappling with these people, but simply don’t know enough submission moves to actually win anything!

This time around, the hour of learning different types of guillotine-choke paid off, as did the BJJ class. In fact, I was awarded a free protein shake, for successfully winning via use of a guillotine!

As ever, training against Simon (who is 6′ 6″ and 90+ kg) was an exhausting endeavour, but one that prepared me well for fighting men my own size.

Soon, SOON, we shall be lords of combat!!

About the Author
Ed Gamester is a silly man who lives in the United Kingdom. He is the harbinger of Ghost Squad, singer of Gay Bum and author of A Rum Run Awry. He fights, kills and dies for TV and films, and gallivants around the place wrestling, drinking and lifting things for glory and profit. Where Ed treads, there stamp the boots of the Guild. Ed does not wear glasses, but feels this photograph makes him look more intelligent and artistically talented than he is. Feel free to contact him: he is disappointingly affable.

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