|Desmond Stockard BJJ Brown Belt|
Desmond Stockard is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu brown belt out of Kaijin MMA in Santa Cruz, CA. I was introduced to mixed martial arts about 5 years ago through a blog called Five Ounces of Pain, which was written by Tim Burke, who currently writes for Bloody Elbow, and Desmond. Their enthusiasm for the sport was contagious and following their writings helped me to become a well-informed MMA fan. Their writings also led to my first steps into the world of BJJ.
Today I am pleased to introduce you to Desmond and talk a little about how a jiu jitsu practitioner’s “game” evolves over the course of his or her training. I’ve included video links for each concept that may not be familiar to everyone.
Desmond: I’d like to compete more, but I would have to travel to do it and it’s expensive. I probably do just well enough to get a gi or some entries reimbursed, but I’m lazy and haven’t asked. I compete 4 or 5 times a year, but in a perfect world, I would compete 8 or 10 times a year.
I do really well in the mid sized tournaments and do okay in the big tournaments, but I haven’t placed in them. Recently I came in second in the American Cup at Brown Heavy (Brown Open 2011 – 2nd, Purple – 2nd Light heavy, 2nd Middle). I had a very close fight with the guy that came in third in the Pan Ams. I usually medal every year at US Open which is our big local tournament (White – 2nd Light, Blue – 1st Light, 3rd Open, Purple – 2nd Light Heavy, 3rd Middle). And then in the smaller tournaments I almost always won those.
Desmond: You probably want to create a game that goes to the back because if you are significantly smaller than people it’s going to be hard to stay in top control when they can just bench press you off of them.
By heavy hips, I mean the ability to make the person carry your “weight” while you are passing or are in a dominant position. The more weight that person carries the harder they have to work while they are underneath you. If you think about heavy, stifling passers, you think of people like Roger or Jacare.