Recently, I’ve been on a Rafael Mendes binge when it comes to Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. And if you've been on my blog over at Science of Skill- you're already well aware of this.
A slick player in his own right, Rafa is a smooth criminal on the mat. However, when you talk about Rafa, you HAVE to talk about the other Mendes brother, Guilherme Mendes.
Unlike his brother, Guilherme isn’t all about the fluid movements, but more so applying pressure with his top game.
Likewise, however, when you’re Guilherme Mendes, you aren’t just any average Joe with a Gi on. Watching Mendes, you see how heavy he stays through his hips once he obtains top control. Another way that these attacks “bust pipes” is that they can run your opponent into the ground.
Similar to the “wall & stall” technique used in MMA, when you lay on top of your opponent and go limp—leaving just dead weight on them—it can take a great toll on your opponents energy levels.
They will fight and fuss, but when they find it difficult to sweep you, they’ll try harder. Next thing you know, they’re gassed giving you an easy victory.
For Mendes, it’s clear that his plan comes together quite often, just as he plans it. His top game is suffocating, even just watching it you get a sense of helplessness!
When you place someone on their back and take away any chance of escape or mount an offense, you’re well on your way to winning the mental game of grappling. From there, it’s only a matter of time before you begin working your actual skills and go and get the victory.
For the Mendes brothers, both Rafael and Guilherme, their styles are so unique. Not in the sense that it’s fresh and new, but more so in the fact that they are so accurate in their execution, it looks like a walk in the park. They are true talents in the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu world.