The Crown Prince: noun – The second most important position, second to the King, and is his designated successor.
If you are of the mindset that Gordon Ryan is “the King” of the jiu-jitsu world right now, then it is only fitting to identify the younger half of the brothers Ryan, “the crown prince”. And considering that Gordon may one day “vacate the throne” in pursuit of MMA greatness, Nicky is on the path and putting himself in a good position to continue to “run the kingdom” without missing a beat.
In the first part of our feature of Nicky Ryan, Nicky took some time out of his busy training regimen to show us his basic entry into the triangle as well as show us an X-Guard transition to inside Sankaku and heel hook and a pass to a Kimura. In this part, we will delve deeper into the Kimura grip and a couple other principles that are in Nicky’s arsenal of entanglements. Enjoy!
Pass to Back Take
After scoring a pass, Nicky has the option of going for the kimura as explained in the last sequence. However, if for some reason Nicky doesn’t go for the kimura, he also is in a very good position to take the back of his opponent.
Arm Trap Triangle
This is an option in a deep arsenal that Nicky has at his disposal from a trapped triangle position. This particular attack is of the “counter to the counter” variety where Nicky merely changes the angle of his attack to overcome Ethan’s counter and still nail the triangle submission.
Creating Triangle Opportunities
This submission goes deeper into the trap triangle position and presents yet another layer of threat to an opponent who has countered your initial triangle attempt.