Master Ken’s Privates: the gas chamber
The art of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is unique in that it 100% stresses form, function, and technique over size and strength. This means that the art was developed and is still developing in such a manner that it gives a unique advantage to smaller participants who cannot rely on strength, size, or athletic ability. What is so beautiful about the art of BJJ is just that; it is an art.
BJJ can be described as an art in every sense of the word being that it allows a creative platform for all types of athletes to express their personalities through movement uniquely tailored to each individual. It is often said that no matter how many times a person is taught a particular move, submission, or transition that no two people will ever execute the movement in the exact same way; such is the creative facet of the art.
In the video below, we see the famed BJJ instructor Javier Vazquez demonstrate a move which he created himself called the “Vazque-fix” which is a variation of the crucifix position often used in the sport of mixed martial arts as well as sport jiu-jitsu. The variation is quite complex so after Javier demonstrates the move he then allows Master Ken an opportunity to try his hand at executing the “Vazque-fix”. Master Ken quickly identifies the issues with the position and gives his unique analysis of the position and provides a creative variation to the variation.
For those watching who have never heard of Master Ken, it must be noted that he is an expert in the art of anti-grappling and completely proficient in the art of the killing face. To see Master Ken’s complete breakdown of the “Vazque-fix” with his variation, which he calls “the gas chamber” check out the video below.
Jacob C. Stevens is a lifelong athlete and cerebral martial arts enthusiast who is also skilled in the art of linguistic manipulation, his published work, Afterthoughts and Handgrenades, can be found here…