The Japanese Necktie Looks Pretty Good
I personally am not an advocate of move chasing but I do think selectively adopting moves is always a good thing if it enhances your strategy. Imo it makes no sense to learn butterfly guard unless you do closed/half, but adding moves to the terminal points of your personal BJJ skill tree or as an “in between” move in a skill tree branch makes sense.
I will let the video do the talking but in short Japanese Neckties are good as an outright move to surprise the half guarder. More importantly they function as a “connector” between the Brabo and Guillotine, making your scrambling more efficient by minimizing your own positional shifts while keeping attacking pressure during a scramble.
The Martinez brothers, Geo and Richie, are relatively new to the grappling scene but are getting some good exposure through the EBI. They are still relatively new and have “holes” that need to be worked on before they can take on the elites but they already have exciting styles to watch and carry the 10th planet flag well. Hopefully we get to see more of them in the big shows soon. Enjoy the video.
PS: Some Tutorials on the Necktie
My focus tends to be on “strategy” rather than move mechanics so I glossed over the details on the Japanese Necktie in my video. You can see some good instructionals here:
Garry Tonon v Richie Martinez at the 170lbs EBI 1 Finals
Sometimes all it takes is one mistake, Garry was given the opportunity to get his deep half, which in itself is worth of a study (he transitions to leg reaps, trucks and half octopus guard, all very non-typical deep half play). Leg locks aren’t really part of the 10th planet system yet and Richie wasn’t savvy enough to engage in the leg lock battle, tapping quickly once the first reap got in. IMO I think Eddie Bravo will add a leg lock system to his guard systems eventually as a logical evolution/extension. The chain of closed guard to leg lock makes a lot of sense in MMA and most of the successful grapplers are using this transition rather than going to open guard systems from closed (watch Marcin Held, Palahares etc)