Belgium black belt Wim Deputter might just be one of the best-kept secrets in the world of online jiujitsu tutorials. He has a highly impressive cv – 20 years of BJJ training, over 600 grappling and MMA matches more than 500 of which he has won. He puts together this wealth of experience plus his training in other disciplines (mainly wrestling) to offer a wide variety of novel concepts and methods for use in BJJ. This report takes a look a some of his best tutorial work…
Wim Deputter is a Belgium BJJ black belt who teaches out of his academy Brasa Belgium. He is a frequent instructor at various BJJ Globetrotter events. I first heard of Wim thanks to studying a lot of content by Priit Mihkelson (see my mega review). Priit regularly gives credit to Wim as a major influence in several of his own tutorials and there is in fact quite a bit of familiar overlap between the two instructors: both are keen tutors of conceptualised BJJ information, both are keen to pick apart established jiujitsu habits, both are proponents of a defence-first style of sport BJJ.
The Mirroring Principle (TMP) is Wim’s catch-all concept that is used across all his BJJ Fanatics titles and many of his Youtube videos.
“The Mirroring Principle is an algorithm that tells you how and when to move where in relationship to your opponent’s reaction. Counter pressure with pressure, rotation with rotation until your opponent over- or undercommits. Then transition to the next step. Continue this proces until you reach the end of the road and the goal of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu: Submission.”
MIRRORING PRINCIPLE AND BABY BRIDGE
Wim’s concepts for defending and escaping tough positions are different from what most BJJ schools teach but his somewhat unorthodox methods work very well.
THE HIDDEN & ESSENTIAL MECHANICS OF PRESSURE PASSING
BACK DEFENSE AND BEING OFFENSIVE
But Wim’s theories alter that perception. He views being caught in back control as no more vulnerable than being caught inside someone’s closed guard, except of course you are rotated 180. With that thought in mind, he asserts that you can proceed to ‘pass the guard’ from back control and improve position – that’s a radically far cry from the usual get-me-out-of-here approach. Wim provides a number of tools with which to make such an escape possible.
|This small detail (trapping attacker’s leg) makes a huge difference to how well you can escape from back control. With his leg jammed, his hips are also trapped and he can’t pivot or move around you while you escape)
|Demonstrating the inside shoulder escape from back control
|Using the babybridge (or outside shoulder escape) – notice Wim is still cupping uke’s lower leg (see photo above)
|Tugging at the opponent’s feet is surprisingly very effective to prevent meaningful attacks from the seatbelt grip back position.
|Screen snapshots showing 4 stages of Wim’s ‘Fireman’s Escape’ system. Note where he places his right arm. the system allows you to treat back control just as you would trying to pass guard.
|High closed guard – fist choke & armbar double threat. Very effective!
I have not bought or viewed anything from this title because (a) I have no interest in self defence BJJ and (b) defence is spelt incorrectly*. I’m mentioning it here because this title completes the set of five Mirroring Principle titles by Wim on BJJ Fanatics. Looking at the chapter listing I am sure it offers a lot of very sensible and real world advice from someone who knows what they’re talking about.
You can definitely consider this title an advanced version of his Pressure Passing title. Wim goes into a lot more detail regarding his King’s Gambit technique – which is essentially a bait for the opponent to execute a triangle from the guard. Once the triangle is attempted, Wim’s stacking and pressure passing principles come into play and the bottom person is made to suffer! That being said, given that he recaps and updates all of the basic postures and concepts from previous titles, if you only get one Wim Deputter title, this might be ideal for you.
As a bonus, this title is not all top game crusher techs, there’s a final chapter on how to defeat The King’s Gambit – which shows Wim’s personal method of using the triangle choke. In this scenario he not only shows how to avoid being stacked, he also shows how his legs act as a frame to then set up his triangle attack. The end result has Wim aligned completely transverse to the direction of his attacker (not too dissimilar to how Ryan Hall teaches the triangle, except Wim strongly warns against underhooking the opponent’s leg.)