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    Default Do you have to be STRONG to be TIGHT?

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    No, but it helps obviously.

    You stay tight by correct positioning and posture. Also, you have to be prepared to move slightly at times (without breaking contact with your opponent). Stick yourself to your opponent then squeeze enough to a- maintain contact and b- follow their movement if they can move at all. You shouldn't be squeezing so hard it's gonna tire you out, but obviously strength helps out here.

    It's much harder to bench press directly, dead-weight off your chest than if you have a bit of momentum. Staying tight in BJJ is the same thing, you have to make sure you don't let your opponent have that bit of room to start moving.
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    excellent question mate. would be interesting to see the answers.

    How do you improve being tight also?
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    Depends Levo isnt weight training strong but his grapplng tightness is super strong.

    However being stronger will only make it tighter if you learn the correct techniques without roid holding.
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    Quote Originally Posted by widge milward View Post
    excellent question mate. would be interesting to see the answers.

    How do you improve being tight also?
    i went to a seminar many years ago and this was addressed..

    The simple answer on how to get better was through a drill..
    1.min light movement on top
    2. second min heavy and grinding ur opponent into the mat..

    after drilling this regular and getting feed back from ur partner..

    i think u will find that ur top game will become much tighter..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Predator View Post
    Depends Levo isnt weight training strong but his grapplng tightness is super strong.

    However being stronger will only make it tighter if you learn the correct techniques without roid holding.
    lol at roid holding..

    it all come back to roids..

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    I think in general, you have to have -intent- to be tight. It's very hard to be relaxed and tight, even for those guys who are so good they seem like they're being effortless, they aren't being tight in that sense, they're just flowing to better positions faster than you can defend. But to be tight in the sense I imagine it, you have to USE strength and pressure, but you don't have to be strong yourself. A 65kg dude who's averagely strong but applying a lot of pressure can be much tighter than a 100kg guy who's very strong but just being heavy.

    If that makes sense?

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    I think its safe to say drilling is the way to get better at any aspect of your game
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    another question, i tend to "flow" more than having a tight top game.

    Do you think its easy enough to change your top game style?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stalkachu View Post
    I think in general, you have to have -intent- to be tight. It's very hard to be relaxed and tight, even for those guys who are so good they seem like they're being effortless, they aren't being tight in that sense, they're just flowing to better positions faster than you can defend. But to be tight in the sense I imagine it, you have to USE strength and pressure, but you don't have to be strong yourself. A 65kg dude who's averagely strong but applying a lot of pressure can be much tighter than a 100kg guy who's very strong but just being heavy.

    If that makes sense?

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    Stalks
    very true..

    that post reminds me of a 66kg brazilian that i rolled with and he felt 120kg..

    insane pressure and control..

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