Technique Thursday: Spiral Ride for Jiu-Jitsu

The spiral ride is a staple for the referee’s position in amateur wrestling. It’s an easy and effective way for wrestlers to break down their opponent’s base using leverage. It requires less brute strength than most other attacks from this position, making it favorable for anyone to use.

The referee’s position is similar to the turtle position in BJJ. This is why the spiral ride carries over so well. When you find that you can’t break an opponent’s turtle any other way, this is a wonderful option to have on your toolkit. It usually opens up their hips, allowing you to get your first hook in easily. Check it out, and be sure to try it out next time you’re on the mats.

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