In this week's edition of Technique Tuesday, Irish grappling star Darragh O'Conaill shows how to turn defense into offense. Check it out!
Who is Darragh?
Born and raised in Dublin Ireland, Darragh was a competitive rugby player from age 8 to 18. After his rugby days ended, Darragh was in search of new sport to stay active and fit. His searched ended when he came across BJJ, he has not not looked back since! Over the course of his 13+ years in BJJ/Grappling, Darragh has competed in every major event across the globe. Winning major events such as No-Gi Europeans, American Nationals, London Open, Finnish Open and more. Darragh began teaching as a Purple belt when his coach retired from the martial arts he took over his academy. Since then he built his team (East Coast Jiu-Jitsu Academy) into one of Europe’s strongest teams. Even coaching athletes to World Championship titles at the black belt level.
Being one of the most experienced grapplers in his training room since the Purple belt. Darragh took it upon himself to search for the best grapplers around the world and learn from them. He would also watch endless amounts of technique and competition videos while home in Ireland. He developed a unique game creating his own unique positions and variations of existing techniques. Always open to a challenge, He would compete in as many events as possible with any rule set or weight division. These experiences influenced him to become an efficient grappler who chases the submission. Because Darragh has coached for most of his grappling career, he has learned how to best breakdown and explain techniques.