Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Dec 21 75th class

Dec 21 75th class

One class. Worked from side control. Double underhook front bear hug escape: push your opponent's hips away from yours and squeeze your elbows together, breaking the person's grips. Underhook the side away from your head and transition to the safe clinch. Hip throw from there but remember to drag the second leg inside his own legs for adequate power and balance.

Sparring notes
Held all of my opponents down except for two accidents. One happened when a super strong guy managed to roll me over his shoulder with a barrel roll even though my balance was almost perfect. The second mistake happened when the opponent had half and for lack of adequate pressure he transitioned to full guard.

Tips for myself:
1. Two hands on one is safe from top side control when hunting for that free kimura. The guy is mostly into getting his hand out od there anyway.'If he attempts to spin his way out of it, I at least have a kimura control or free armbar.

2. Walk the fingers and open my own elbow from a head And arm side mount to make space. Force with my knee even more to slide.

3. If an opponent gets inside his inner hand when i am going for a stepover mount, put my palm on the ground at his armpit and replace it with my knee, since I should be having his other armpit underhooked.

4 Need to work my half guard from the bottom. I get stuck too often into it. I usually work for a z guard transition or a butterfly transition. Moat times, I fight for dear life in that position. At least I should remember to continue hunting for that underhook, which I do, more or less knowledgebly, and go for a belt control. Keep my far shoulder OFF the frickin mat.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Dec 20 74th class

Dec 20 74th class

Worked two classes, to exhaustion. Worked so hard, had trouble walking or getting up from a chair.

The two mount options from side control. If the opponent is crossfacing, grab that armpit by grabbing under his neck. Isolate his second hand using your legs. Push his legs to one side and stepover. Connectyour leg to his hip and transition.

The second works if he doesn't crossface and lets you grab a monkeygrip head and arm. Crossface with your own shoulder and stretch his far arm out by walking your fingers. Slide the knee through but bring it as high in his far side armpit as possible before sliding your shin.

Advanced techniques
Outer leg hook setup from standing high neck and elbow grip. Step the dominant leg back and fake steppig the other one. As the opponent follows, step your weak leg near his dominant leg. Push with your dominant hand and use the body weight to hook at the knee level.

Half guard pass.
Same grips as the first fundamentals technique. The second hand grabs his knee. Once the foot gets free, step it really back and base with it.

Donovan, bald blue belt and four striper.
On top, I generally take my time and establish good grips and transition between the two techniques. Got caught in half once as I rushed the knee slide. Mounted the blue belt and he won position once as well. Offbalanced the four striper a good number of times.

Advanced sparring
Falled back very often to half guard for lack of positive leg placement most of the time. Worked from butterfly and gave up half frommthere quite often. Got kimurad or americanad from bottommhalf a lot. Be wary of the outer hand placement in bottommhalf more.

Passed a four years guard once but he recovered quickly after and trned up the heat. Worked from the bottom afterwards.

Proud I didn't turn down any offer for rolling even though I was severely gassed. Tapped about four times to kimuras one rnc and one weird stacking.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Dec 16 73rd class

Dec 16 73rd class

Sparring notes

1. Continue pushing the hips forward when standing up from the petit bonhomme position.

2. Grab own shin after breaking posture right after the omoplata sweep.

3. Grab both arms for the overhead standing de la riva sweep.

4. Belt control.

5. Head control.

6. Try spider de la riva control more often.

7. Pinch the knees even more when going for an armbar from mount especially.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Dec 15 72nd class

Dec 15 72nd class

One hour format. Had to skip the previous day since the washing machine was offline again.

Changed the way I rolled today: slowed down all of my movements. Question: what happened after my omoplata sweep that allowed the person to gain top?

Sparred with M, and two other people my size and weight. Went for the hip lapel knee push guard opening multiple times. Got good success out of it since I was tucking one knee in and offsetting the other one at the back. Remember to put more pressure on the side which is underhooked.

Passed a number of times by pushing my hips way forward and underhooking one leg.

Remember to transition to triangle after a messed up omoplata sweep.

Continue underhooking the leg closest to my head when breaking posture with a triangle to mount.
Continue adjusting the triangle and look for omoplatas and armbars.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Dec 9 70th class

Two classes, including the advanced class' warmup. I am a beast.

Transition to x-guard from a failed standing butterfly guard sweep. Grab the ankle near the head by wrapping it with your own lapel. Get as close as possible to the opponent's ankle. With your outer leg, hook at the knee your opponent's. With your other leg, hook the same leg, but under your own ankle. To sweep, push forward in the direction of the X and do a technical stand-up.

Spider-guard sweep. Similar to the knee sweep done by under hooking the leg. GB do it the opposite way from the knees, that is overhead. They place the second foot on the person's knee after they get a proper angle. They continue hooking the half-spider guard with a stiff knee and push and pull while keeping the sleeve trapped on the open side.

Rolling points
  1. Remember to break posture when catching someone with a triangle, by grabbing the ankle, and work for that angle!
  2. Stand up faster after an omoplata sweep, don't let the guy get on top.
  3. Be more careful whenever establishing a higher mount on someone, prepare for their upa.
  4. My centre of gravity while in S-mount should be centered on his chest.
  5. Continue under hooking the leg while doing the flower sweep, it really adds power. However, when the opponent is already off-balance, it works even without.
  6. While passing guard over the knee, and to avoid getting stuck in half guard, remember to replace the ankle which is about to pass over with the other ankle.
  7. Get a deeper grip for the x-choke.
  8. Learn to shrimp after a failed triangle – a VERY valuable skill.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Dec 13 71th class

Dec 13 71th class

One hour: fundamentals.

Sparring notes:
Worked from closed guard, alternating the starting position. Sparred with three people. One about my size, a very tall guy and a very fat/strong guy. Got in a dangerous position and almost enough to get passed. Passed everyone and got one sub as well as two sweeps. Got caught in a triangle I escaped by laying to the ground the top knee and pushing inwards. Personally, I find it higher percentage than the stacking one. It maybe works better in mma when armbars aren't as dangerous as in a gi.

Omoata swept the first partner and alternated between omoplata and triangles from the high guard. Got into trouble once as he broke my guard open and got ready for a pass, but we ran out of space. Time ran out with me breaking open his Z guard.

Tried breaking the second person's guard from the knees, but his legs were way too long for any leverage to be applied on his ankle. Went for a standing pass which worked. He tried to hold my weight with his arms but he had to let go. Observed how his pass attempts were well thought out, but lacking a few details to really make them work.

Started on the bottom of the 250+ lbs guy. He tried to choke me from my own guard. Pushed his weight with my legs on his hips and used knee on biceps to support his weight. Went for a good number of sweep atttempts but he would not budge, a sign that my timing needs work.

While on top, passed his half guard a few times and applied an ezequiel on him on his windpipe imstead of the corotid.

Continue shin on biceps.
Find moments when it's safe to slow down and relax.
Perfect the details of an omoplata sweep.
Grab the damn shin when prepping a triangle and underhook the right knee.

450 629 8510 h

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Dec 8 69th class

Dec 8 69th class

Technique notes
In a previous school, I've learned a spider guard sweep from the knees which is acheived by underhooking one ofthe opponents knees and driving his weight with a stiff leg overhead, to the side. I am very pleasently surprised to see it done from standing with exactly the same setup. The only downside I see to it is that its low percentage against most people and relatively easy to defend with posture and by walking the free leg.

Saw the xguard for the same time ever with a sweep. Underhook at the knee with the right leg under the opponents roght knee and put the left leg over your right by hooking yet again.

Sparring notes
Three rounds. One with D, another with a big blue belt and a third with a super strong dude about my build.

High intensity sparrimg with D. Started bottom of the closed guard. Iwas consistently holding down one of his arms in preparation for armbar flower combo. As i was trying to get the angle he got up and I locked a triangle. He postured and fimished with an armbar.

Second round, he managed to get up but with a messedup posture. Worked for an armbar but ended up with an omoata sweep i stead he resisted initially but I mananged toget anyway.

From the bottom, corrected my grips for the standing ankle underhook pass to grab his hip, twice, and passed that way about twice.

Startedmon the bottom with the big blue guy. Threatened an armbar but he got up with broken posture. He went to underhook my leg without tucking his elbow, so triangle attempt. He continued to posture so finished with armbar.

The last opponent got omoplata swept and bull passed. I got into trouble myself as he had almost underhoomed both of my legs from standing, and mymhips were locked. Need to find a defense for it. Got a waiter sweep on him, that I am proud of.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Dec 7th 68th class

Dec 7th 68th class

Sparring notes
Successfully passed the guard using the aingle underhook. Looking back at my session I realize I didnt close my elbow on the side I was underhooking so I was technically in danger fo a while. Learned from experience that what reallymakes the pass work is a good underhook while keeping the other elbow closed and grabbi g atthe hip level. A final switch of the hips when te knee is over the persons head really clears itup nicely.

Learned a spider guard sweep from the knees which is very much like the delariva knee sweep. Straightgrip and drop one foot on the hip. Move on the side by pushing and then push the knee while stealing his base.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Dec 6 67th day

Dec 6 67th day

Guard passing notes
Classic knee wedge pass opened up using the lower back as well as constant inner thigh pressure. The grip above the diaphragm drops. Keep contol with the other hand at the hip level. Underhook the other leg and Tuck In The Elbow To Avoid omoplatas and breaking of the posture.

Sparring notes
Remember to continue breaking posture while in high guard by grabbing my own ankle.
Continue pushing the knee to stop a pass.
Continue opening elbows when people attempt passes.
Continue hunting for the omoata. Got it twice as well as two omoplata sweeps.
Find a way to transition to a sweep whenever someone goes backwards when stuck in a full spider guard standing. Maybe let go of the elbows and instead go for the hips.

Drill the butterfly sweep. Smaller guys tend to walk into it quite often.
Continue faking I am not aware of them prepping a scissor sweep to work from half.
Review Z guard passing techniques.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Dec 1st 66th day

Dec 1st 66th day


Armbar from high guard option when person leans in after a failed double ankle defense. Underhook one side. Open guard and continue breakng posture with the leg on the sidewith the. Elbow hook while pivoting on the leg planted on the attackers foot.

Double ankle option when collar is lost. Put pressure on one knee and on your elbow. Plant the foot on that same side's hip and walk your hands to mount.

Sparring techniques
Sparred with M. Classic pass attempt to z guard pass attempt to half to half pass knee jerk pass attempt.

Same scenario with transition to crossface knee hop half guard pass.

Third attempt went to standing. Got seatbelt control with a nice sprawl but unable to pass.

From bottom guard doubleankle to de la riva spider hook. Tried the standing spider but defended with a knee down. Must learn to transition from there.

Got to the high guard scenario but time ran out again.

Sparring with C
Passed one with the knee slide from half once pretty classically.

Instructed him to not touch my head so he couldnt flatten me out in half guard. His loss because he can either underhook or grab the head. Didnt seem to know that. Went to his back but got stuck ina headlock I was too lazy to fight out of.

Third dude was a full out spazzy strong brute. While on top he tried to grab way too high. Flower sweptmhim rather easily since he had no base. Even got an elevator sweep with just my legs. On top, passed his guard rather leisurely since hr had the wrong grips and wrong body poaitioning. He was simplyintent to pull me down with his arms.

Man, does it feel good to be back!

Friday, December 3, 2010

Nov 29th 65th class

Rolling notes

First rounds after neck injury. Went extremely light during sparring, and was happy not to have aggravated anything. However, I felt I needed a bit more intensity to truly enjoy my rolling.

Went for some light rolling with M. Realised that once again, I don't protect my neck enough : I have a rather long neck and it's easy to attack, or have the opponent control me easily. Did a successful single leg takedown from under, since the person didn't sprawl out.

Noticed that it's rather easy to open my guard, maybe because I wasn't convincing enough with my grip breaks.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Nov 23 64th class

Did a proper warm-up about 30 minutes before class. During technique,
strained my neck as someone fell on my head and managed to crank it at
the same time. Heard a bunch of vertebrae popping, and so I have sore
neck muscles. Can't turn my head on one side at all without it hurting.

Without sounding all philosophical about it, it really was someone
else's fault, and not really an accident. We were practicing breakfalls,
and there was another group just behind me. I was pushed first and I
started my break fall. As I was touching down, the other group decided
to do it at the same time, and the "accident" ensued. I'm glad I don't
know who it was, so I have no hard feelings toward the person, but the
accident does say something about the Fundamentals class : it's better
avoided, especially when crowded. Newbies are dangerous!

Monday, November 22, 2010

Nov 22 63rd day

Nov 22 63rd day

One class. Closed guardwork. Scissor sweep and xchoke. Successfully got working the over under xchoke by properly placing the first hand deep enough.

Sparring notes
D. Peacticed the Roger Gracie sequence for opening the guard by standing. Countered a double ankle by first basing then pushing hips forward. Passed once like this.

Second time I had to push on the knee from standing. Made the mistake of not pinning it long enogh and had to work from half. Tried the rg sequence and workes myself up to a double underhook pass. Worked like a charm.

The third time around I got caught in a weird fifty fifty like position for a while.

Broke posture by flaring out the free elbow and attempted a few xchokes. Scissor swept a few times by pushing the knee he based out on. Good control while on top.

Cris. Started on my back. He kept control of my wrists the entire time so it was hard for both him and he to do much. Tired him out instead. He had to take a break as he gassed out. Worked him from a high guard with omoplata transition attemps and kimura attempts as his weight was down on me. Dude way too strong for me to do whatever with my arm if he grabbed it. Hell, i was twisting his fingers with his gi all the way and he wasn't letting go.

On top, got his guard open and worked from half. He gassed again. Passed about once or twice.

Third guy was my size and maybe 10 lbs less and as strong physically. Bull pass once. Must remember to curl his legs and put them more convincingly on one side. Tried the Rg sequence and ended up in fifty fifty. Based out and passed eventually as we transitioned to half. He protected the rg z guard pass bygrabbing his own top ankle( interesting. That's then I put space in between and bull passed. The second time around, simply put my weight on his ankle and passed. Doesn't seem like good practice to my eyes.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Nov 19 62nd day

Nov 19 62nd day

Roger Gracie seminar.

The class was separated in about five different sets of techniques, going from the closed guard all the way to finishing from the mount. Everything was shown from the attacker's point of view.

From the closed guard:
Keep the right hand locked at the elbow. Grab both lapels with your main hand and keep a neutral posture. Bend the wrist and lay the hand on the person's chest, resting over your own fingers. Twist the grip slightly to avoid having the person break up the grip by pulling on her lapels.

Right leg goes up. Loosen up the collar grip and squat. Prepare for the double ankle. When the person opens up the legs to go for it, push hips forward and trap their armmwith your leg as you pass.

In case the person doesn't go for the double ankle sweep, classic guard opening by pushing the knee down.

From the Z guard. Keep control of the trapped leg with both one arm and your own knee. Lift the defendant's top leg by underhooking it at the ankle level and grab the opposite lapel for the pass. If the person defends by pushing the hip, go for the double underhook pass.

Second Z guard pass
If you can't underhook at the ankle level the top leg, grab the person's other knee by looping between the lower and upper leg and use hip movement by turning your back to the attacker and kicking the leg free.

From side to mount
Swim the arm closest to your body away using your knees. Hold the belt with your free hand as you transition to the mount preparation. Stepvermount or slide your own leg using your arm. Brace yourself for bridges from your opponent. Base with the left free leg.

From the mount
For the crosschoke. Slide higher towards the persons chest by blocking the shoulders with your arms or grabbing the head of the person. Insert the first grip by pushing it in with your own hip. Connect your eblow with your hip and go down using your head. Base with your head and maybe shave the cheek to get the thumb in finishing the choke.

Monday, November 15, 2010

November 15 61st day

November 15 61st day

One class was enough for today.

Inner leg hook takedown from a double underhook at the waist, straght on.

Advanced techniques

Overhead sweep as a counter to a double leg. Grab the belt and underhook the other arm at the shoulder. While sitting down, lift the opponent's leg on the side with the underhook.

Sparring notes

Sparred with M. Played with the opposite shoulder grab from side control. It seems to force the person on top to align the chest properly while opening up for a stepover mount. Transitioned from scarf and back to side. Used Mark's trick of tapping the leg to fake a stepover mount then complete it for real. From the bottom, I could not insert my knee after a hip bump. Must remember the proper grips and to hook the leg if possible. Lost a scramble as I walked directly into an armbar.

Rolled with ...
From under, managed to either catch half guard in mid transition to a stepover mount or simply bump the other person full on.

Third round was extremely technical: a very tight war on space as the person was smaller than me and pretty much as technical. Felt as if I was fighting myself. Transitioned to kob a few times and back down to scarf while on bottom. He defended beautifully my hip bump attempts. Maybe the timing was wrong since he was kinda expecting them judging from the counter pressure he put on. He didnt get mount from there since I caught his hald guard. We decided to continue and he slowly continued his transition while fighting inch after inch for mount. Must learn to work from deep half as well. I lost deep half on all my partners. Need to study the position more.

Armbar defense from the guard. Stack the attacker straight above his hips. Grab the the forearm with the arm in danger. Grab the pants at the knee of the opponent while stacking. Hop the hand free while keeping constant pressure.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Nov 13 60th class

Nov 13 60th class
Competition class followed by open mat.
The competition class was very interesting. First, we started off with an intense warmup, composed in part of rope climbing, burpees and the like. Then, we had a few rounds of "stalling", where we alternated between being the staller and the agressor, both on top and bottom of the closed guard. Noticed that it takes an inordinate amount of strength to hold someone down for so long and not go for attacks. You eventually tire out. It's actually more difficult to hold someone down when you're on the bottom than the opposite. Gravity anyone?
Then, we had us a few rounds of king of the mat, starting up. Got a few single leg takedowns, as well as a successful guard pull. Someone also pulled guard on me as well. Noticed that, at times, I would slightly lose my balance while on top half guard, and an experienced blue belt(almost purple), noticed it and took advantage of it. Got a nice armbar from a triangle attempt in a subsequent fight, as well as a few other attacks on someone else. Felt that this third person wouldn't really want to fight (or maybe have the strength to do so). Oh well... I noticed how the level of aggression goes up with competition rolls, and I kinda like it.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Nov 11 59th class

Nov 11 59th class

Two classes.

Thinking of cutting down on the number of hours spent training, as I might be less dead at the end of the week.

Sparred with D smaller stronger less technical
Tried to slide my knee over from kob to mount but he grabbed it midway. Nice timing for grabbing the ankle in half. Understood my mistake a bit later thanks to V. Passed once as I transitioned from a shoulder pressure to a stepover mount. Passed another time with a knee slide. Protected my neck better than yesterday as I was very focused on it. Got to my knees a good number of times. Got the need for the escape as the guy was putting pressure back with a sprawl. Interesting as he was pushing on my free hip to avoid the spinning armbar.

Sparred with v taller stronger more technical
Lost the position from the top once due to the angle of my knee over his belly as he simply grabbed half. Fought very tightly for the underhook. He once grabbed my neck in a triangle from side as I was holdig my head high near his hips. Most remember to keep lower and closer to his chest. Swept him once and he based out. Swept him successfully once and got full guard.

Sparred with al big guy taller stronger less technical
Got easily out of side to either my knees and een put hum in his back as he was out of balance and strength. While on top, held him nicely down and transitioned to a good kob. Had his arm at one point but he wrestled out.

Sparred with G taller stronger less technical
Held him in a mix of spider guard with a few sweep attempts and de la riva guard. He wasnt muscling his way through either, ao I played open guard for about five minutes without being passed.

Sparred with the lil guy smaller less strong more technical
Good defense overall. Swept him once and got butterfly swept but didn't lose position. Had an over under but he escaped smoothly and put me on the side. Must learn the escape myself. He based out quicker than I did and went for a sprawl himself. Offbalanced him and took top but the round ended.

Sparred with Al2 bigger stronger almost hard to tell
Some open guard work. Had to work from under, obviously. Swept him at the end of the session. He managed an over under from back control I escaped decently. This must be the first big guy to successfully get my back. As it was my last roll Of the week, I am not that surprised, but oh well.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Nov 10 58th day

Nov 10 58th day

Two hour format

Went in to train psychologically tired and with a sore neck. Walked out smiling after two hours of training. Finished a good seven rolls in total. As it's childish to count rolling submissions,'lets just say the tally was positive for me.

Rolled with M
Fun technical game. Good control but sometimes hard to grab a good over under.

Rolled with D
Got me in a pointless front headlock, mounted him once and he gained half once. Fine training.

Rolled with juan, or better said, flowed with him which was mutually enriching. Recovered after one of his succesful sweeps by sweeping again. He couldn't get me off mount whichwas sweeeeeeet.

Armbar to omo. Trap the dude's arm with your leg but also grab your knee and his belt. It's all about the angles.

Takedown switch from single to double. Remember to keep pushimg one side and block the grounded foot as the transition is made.

Rolled with M
Very fun technical roll. Swept her once or twice. Started off a bit lazy but turned up thr notch progressively.

Rolled with a big btt dude
Some inverted guard play. Got mount using balance.'let the dude work his escapes. Worked from his back which kinda frustrated him a bit. Used the based leg to lean him on y strong side. Swept him to mount from a sort of an open guard while on my back.

Rolled with v
Decent defense from guard and very nice balance. Overall a nice guy to roll with when hes not in competition mode. Worked from butterfly and he swept me but then eorked from half. Swept him using my overhead leg kick but he got on all fours faster than I could and grabbed my neck. Known problem, thank you.

Rolled with cy
Technical rolling. Discussed darce and anaconda. Tried to pass my guard but was protecting pretty damn well.
Must learn frickin escapes from when under a persons sprawl on all fours and he grabs my neck. Need a proper answer.

Honestly kinda perexed at how smooth my timing is and at what I can do. Worked flexibility after class as usual.

Note to self: Mat time doesn't lie.
Love how jiujitsu keeps me thinking after rolling is over.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

November 9th 57th day

One class: fundamentals. Had to skip the second class, since food was coming back.

Double under-hook front bear hug escape to clinch and hip throw. Two transitions to mount from side.

Sparred with the same little guy who managed to triangle me yesterday. He started in bottom and repeatedly refused to let me grab a good side control on him before starring to escape: he turned to his side and put his elbow to the floor. After his second escape, started to put a lot more pressure and used force to gain a good side against him. Managed to get mount at least once.

Note to self: protect the neck better: don't let people grab any lapel, ever. Chose to put the ego aside and avoid getting my spine cracked as I got my own weight and his own on my neck. Tapped for safety even though I wouldn't in a real situation. Must remember to leave the ego at the door.

Second roll was with D. Managed to sweep him once as he overcommitted on a knee slide pass and forgot to base out with his head or hand. Second round I managed to shrimp out but he grabbed my neck. Got his hands off me but he used his legs on my neck as he was now down. Pulled the legs off but he started to work a guillotine. Defended it while standing up. Ended up having to half ass the standing guillotine escape and ended up in bottom half with his arms relatively tight around my neck. Started wiggling out and called the win. On top, he offered me his arms twice to armbar from knee on belly, which was fun to watch.

Switched to a starting top position with a head and arm. Tried knee sliding but got away with simply stepping over, as he wasn't blocking with his knee. The next round managed a knee slide pass.

Started on the bottom against the third opponent who was kind enough to have a stinky gi. Note to self to avoid rolling with him in the future. Grabbed either half or got to my knees after bridging. Must remember to not halfass technique and use the proper bridge under-hook escape as taught in the fundamentals as it definitely stops the person from grabbing my neck. On the top gained the mount by stepping over from the modified half. Got a couple of knee on bellies.

Thinking if I should start to go either less often or roll with more technical guys. Newbies tend to be a lot of work and lack common sense sometimes. Maybe I had enough of the fundamentals class. For maximizing my potential I should definitely continue going, but from a purely fun perspective, I shouldn't make a priority out of going to the fundamentals, or if I do, roll with advanced guys who tend to be scarce.

Monday, November 8, 2010

November 8 56th day

Two classes.

Front under hook bear hug escape. Push the assailant's hips away and under-hook one of his arms afyer creating thr necessary space. Hip throw from the clinch.

Fundamentals rolling with three guys. As I was defending, noticed the moments when people were overcomitting to one side before simply bridging them off with a barrel roll. Worked an armbar from knee on belly using the usual sequence.

1. Transitions from scarf to hundred kilos to north south and back were pretty nice.
2. Nice off balancing of opponents.
3 good timing for half guard grabbing.
4 good base when about to be swept with a barrel roll. Kept a good control throughout.

1 need to find a way to better defend when people frame even with one hand, especially big guys, when they use that distance to bridge me over their shoulder.

Advanced class

Happy I was able to complete all four five minute rolls in addition to the three six minute one from the fundamentals. Fatigue showed itself in crappier timing and a general scrambling for position after giving half of my back. Completed a good forty minutes of rolling all in all. Did a bit of grip fighting from standing at the beginning of the class, which was immensely useful.

Escape a sleeve by circling around the attacker's wrist. The top lapel grip is broken by grabbing under and over the sleeve and pushing it down while pumping the chest forward.

Rolled with a no gi turned gi player and worked from seatbelt control. Tried to get my hooks in using the gb technique but its not polished enough.

1. Could've tried the clock choke from the seatbelt control. Fought and controlled a decent white bigger stronger than me. The second half he controlled me more than I controlled him.

2. swept a two year plus blue from half as he was trying to go to mount from half. Good timing on that move. Felt that he was already defending my counters for the rest of the roll. Survived, however without tapping.

3. Survived against another mid level blue belt as well. Observed that my grips were sometimes wrongly placed while in open guard. Should've transitioned to spider guard as he was pushing his knee into my de la riva hook and do the tripod one or to sweep.

4 worked with an extremely small guy whose game was extremely tight on me. As i tied to scramble out of half out of desperation, I swept him but he caught me in a triangle armbar combo I was too tired defending, so he got the tap. Ended up in top half but the bell rang before I could attack some more. Once again, the level of tightness of that guy's game is insane. Stuff that was working against taller dudes simply didn't against him.

Should learn to either not give my back so much or learn my escapes better.

Nice timing for regaining half.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

November 4th 55 day

November 4th 55 day

Two class format. Tooled a blue belt my size as well as white belts i rolled with. Very proud of my performance, even though I was not in a competitive mood..

Good moves
1 transitions to submissions from the guard
2 Timing, in general.

Nov 1st 52nd day

Nov 1st 52nd day

Another guy from btt walks in, thanks to Juan again.

Standing headlock escape. Glue hips while standing straight and get out from under the lock.

Same movement from the ground but first to protect an over under Grab the overhook at the elbow and over the overhook hand.

1 didnt tap to when in painful half guard.

Rolled with D and showed him proper hand placement, he was happy to learn. Sweeped him a couple times a sign my scissor is dangerous.

Grappled with. 6ft 4 giant but not that strong. Had to stand up to open his guard. Rolled him as he lost his balance a bit.

Showed a beginnimg chinese person how to do the triangle.

Rolled with a stronger bigger more advanced guy but we werent very successful either except for a double ankle sweep on my part which ended in laughter.

Rolled with a small but quick as lightning guy. after a few mistakes he ended up taking the back. Glad that happened which means I need to work my open guard some more, especially guard placement. Good americana defense

1 good guard replacement from half
2 nice double ankle
3 nice scissor
4 good at opening guards

Nov 2nd 53 rd day

Nov 2nd 53 rd day

Only one class: basics. High-paced rolls from guard. Notes taken a day after so hard to rememer other than it was fun.

Nov 3 54 th day

Nov 3 54 th day

Two classes. Bad side escape from a ba k take: tuck chin and tuck under the arm.

1. Awesome attacks from guard high grip. Xchoke armbar triangle work like a charm together.
2. Some nice shrimping when guad about to get passed.
3. Good attacks from top half guard when the poor soul exposes his arm.
4. Nice pass on the knees stacking opposite lapel grab.
5. Nice grip breaking when dudes try passing on their knees with the followup high grip grab.
6. Nice base when about to get swept by John.
7. Nice pass stop against the tall dude with leg placement.
8. Nice kimura shrimping escape but try a bit more to protect the hand.
9 Good reflexes while protectimg the neck.
10 nice defense from the xchoke while on bottom
11 Nice protecting when bottom half. Not gettimg punked with the ameeicana.
12 sweet transition to shrimp escape from bottom half after opponent works my arm.

1 scrambled to my knees against a blue without tucking my elbows properly in.
2. Should learn to break the standard wrist grab in top guard.

Choked with an over under from half back take.
Tooled a one stripe dude
Kimurad d

Thursday, October 28, 2010

October 28 51st day

October 28 51st day

Beginners class was mostly closed guardwork. Successfully used the technique that was shown on two different opponents. One leg underhook and choke down. Glad I passed and controlled an agressive guy quite well and practiced the technique on him quite successfully. Could have owned even more with if I were just a bit mpre awake. Timing was slightly off.

Advanced class

Fireman's carry which is pretty ramn confusing, honestly. Did some fancy armbar from the back as a counter to an escape attempt when the guy looks into the choke and moves on his back away from it.

Rolled with three people for about 15 minutes total and 15 minutes with white belts. Rolled with juan 1 year blue from btt and kinda lost position a couple times due to momentum. Got multiple encourangements from him. Didnt get tapped, just mounted for a brief period.

Half guard work with another much heavier blue. Worked from the half guard a lot due to his size, and managed to get full guard a couple times. Worked the third sweep and the firat hip in quite a lot. Tried multiple tecnhiques I was shown in fundamentals and could feel how the instructor's eyes were on me. Egen tried the guillotine escape but got choked at the trachea too much and walked it off. Wind choke.

Good points
Butterfly sweep posting
Passing to half guard
Working for the underhook in half
Scissor worked very well.
Standing spider guard sweep
Elbow sweep from bottom full guard.

Should finish the pass next time I get the standing sweep.
Rest ?
Better grips when opening guard so not to lose a position

Personal grade for today's lesson 7 for crappy timing due to sleeplessness.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

October 25 49th day

October 25 49th day

Two class format. Body fold takedown. Elbow push knee pass. Swotch grips to lower midpass. From hip to knee and from double lapel to single lapel.

Sparred with mr. D and he was happy to only get submit once from my guard. Didn't bother to pass his guard too much. Armbar from guard. Sparred with an extremely strong guy who forced me into a triangle quite simply to armbar totriangle. Hope he gets hisass kicked by pure force. That's the partner for competition rolls.

Advanced class transition from back choke 1 to 3 if the guy tries to look into the overhook elbow and move away. Post a leg and bridge. Finish with 3 or a variation.

Aruncarea lingurei when the opponent pushes. Brake one grip and turn to the side. Kneel and high crotch. Remove posted leg and sweep.

Shoulder crossface half guard pass to mount using the other leg as a hook.

Prolems encountered.
1 knowing when to shrimp out as guard is getting passed.
2 got crossfaced from my own guard. What to do
3 got forced into a triangle. Hand position?
4 practi e transition from hip bump to shrimp escape
5 use the head to balance some more.
6 stuck after standing guard break 1

1 sweep using no force on a blue.
2 timing for armbar from guard.
3 triangle attempt
4 kimura attempt
5 omoplata attempts
6 happy D is learning thanks in part to my tips.
7 speed for guard break.

October 19 47th day

October 19 47th day

No sparring today due to my knee hurting even when I walk sometimes. Took the right decision to rest for a few days and let it strengthen. I have no competition to prepare for and the goal of practicing jiujitsu was to keep fit, not hurt myself.

Learned the correct way to do a tripod sweep: cross grab the side with the trapped ankle. Foot on hip on that side. This sweep could technically be done from the guard pulling, however grips must be changed.

Lots of social interaction with people, which is great.

October 26 50th day

October 26 50th day

Awesome rolling today, easily one of the best this year. Passed and submitted blue belts consistently both bigger and smaller. Insane at how mobile hips and taking the opponent's balance can work wonders. Sweeps just seem to pop up everywhere.

Proud i got the standing spider guard sweep scissor sweep, bull pass, leg hook sweep and thanks to keith owen's massive advantage of crosscacing when on the modified mount...
Even got collar chokes from the back as well as the modified choke. Tapped a btt blue 3 times.

Overall an incredibly insane workout, not much in the gassimg side but on the getting the sweeps side.

Remember to take my temperature in case I caught an infection to the cheek.

Monday, October 18, 2010

October 18th 46 day

October 18th 46 day

Intetesting techniques

Tripod sweep
Straight grip
Half spider
Straight ankle grab
Straight foot on hip
Spider to behind the knee hook

Sparring notes
More angle for the kneeling spider sweep.
Passed a blue with knee skip butterfly
Almost passed once his spider guard using btt stuff again. Not guilty of using them since I worked my ass to learn them And paid for the priviledge.

Tried And almost got the petit bonhomme pass.

Scissor swept.

Almost got passed after a failed triangle. Swept to his back and escapes the guillotine with difficulty. Remember to push more into the choke and crossface.

Again, more angle for the kneeling spider sweep. Work for the underhook some more in butterfly. Swept a dude with butterfly since we luckily bumped into someone. Learn that it's ok to be passed by a white with some training as long as it's not submission. That's a bit shameful unless it's the first six months of blue.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

October 13 44th day

October 13 44th day

Sparring notes

Consistently passed guards on three different opponents of different body types. Successfully swept people to mount or half and side. Happy I applied the closed guard pass and combined some gb guard passing techniques as well. Passed the z guard by stepping over the top leg to deep half to mount. Passed nicely the half guard to cross side.

October 14 45th day

October 14 45th day

Standing knee skip pass in practice. Sometimes got stuck in half but passed easily. Scissor sweep as well as simle situp sweep, mounted triangle, even though failed, kept the mount. Shouldve kept the balance and armbarred the dude.

Worked with really strong guys but mastered positions very well. Reversed well from under a sprawlmwhich honestly works better than the btt sweep. Much more technical and allows for regaining guard. Uses the leg for pushing and that's what makes it tick.

October 12 43rd day

October 12 43rd day

Sparring notes

Finally some closed guard work. Predict we're going back to side control pretty darn soon then mount and back.

Prepared the overhead hip sweep but couldnt finish it due to space. Got passed once by the same dude so I can honestly say that as far as closed guardwork goes, I am pretty sharp for a white belt.

Sparred with agirl and showed her kimura and the kimura sweep. Had good kimura control on a guy as long as he didnt step over my hand. Couldve follewed up with a kimura sweep as he transitioned.

I am addicted.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

October 7th 42nd day

October 7th 42nd day

Rolled with a brown belt who let me work wahtever escapes I know but he continually ended up in an s mount which was hard to bridge out of.

Learned the limits of the double lapel defense from the back. Eventually the person can sink the blade of the forearm under the chin and under the hands at which point it's game over. Maybe try putting the chin even lower into the chest to better defend. Combinewith triangling both arms atthe neck level. Managed to do a couple of triangle escapes which mostly worked unless he transitioned to armbar or omoplata. Wanted to get out of the plata but ue already had the pantleg and rolled on top, as I always do, except his timing was insane.

Rolled with a more experienced white who managed to rnc in that way and armbar by pulling the arm out even when I had it cupped properly.

Got in perfect position for an armbar but the dude simply stood up from it even with my lets properly placed. Worked the choke from the back when the opponent continues to grab his collars agressively. Managed to start choking him but ran our of time.

My back control seems a bit beginner-ish while my attacks are a bit better. Need to spend more time defending the back to be decent at it. Definetly a position I didnt practice well enough.

My positions in order of preference.
De la riva
Closed guard
Side top

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

October 5th 41 day

October 5th 41 day

Rolling notes

Good defense and offense. Tapped 2 peiple 4 times got tapped once since the person already had the over under. Saw as some people analyze every roll they get and am impressed. Held my own very well against a stronger opponent but rolled my neck into his choke by mistake and it was too late. Tapped people mostly with the third choke pantled and overhook stretch. Seems to be my favorite move and I mean very favorite. Got it on a guy who was four points as well as from the back.

Mark's version of the fundamental back escape didn't involve underhooking the leg but I find it helps.

Rnc from standing defense.

Monday, October 4, 2010

July 27 4th day

July 27 4th day

Leg hook takedown
Scarfhold escape roll on the shoulder inside by first turning outwards

Held my own very well avainst a blue
Sweeped the hell out of a newer white

Told I have good reflexes
Found out another btt blue joined recently.

July 26th day 3

July 26th day 3

Body fold takedown
Shoot in with the head centered more or less
Hook the leg closest to your body, lift and push
Works from clinch

Scarfhold escape
S grip around the attacker
Bridge and roll on the inner shoulder

Didnt work by itself since attacker can base out. Needs to be chained.

Spinning armbar
Isolate the arm by grabbing the gi
North south
Step over free hand
Works better if stepping over an arm

Spin armbarred about 4 times
Took the back tried back chokes, he was protecting a lot.
Second opponent was trying to submit me from my own guard again.

Got amazed by a kimura control an opponent tried on me.

July 22nd day 2

July 22nd day 2

Same techniques As day one
Guillotine from standing. Is actually working better than last time due to grabbing it deeper.

Guillotine escapes worked great as well.

Headlock escApe almost works in regular scarfhold.

Used again the hip push escape with great success. Regained guard from a blue belt under fabio.

Sparred witbthe smallest And biggest guys in the class. Armbarred the big guy from mount. He headlocked me hard, difficult to escape.

Half guard escapes

Standoing guard sweeps
Dbl ankle
Sickle sweep
Omopl sweep

Butterfly sweeps
De la riva sweeps
Spider sweeps

Choke from back
Review hand placement

Open guard passes
Spider guard pass

Side inside
Side out


July 21 1st class

July 21 1st class

Guillotine from standing
Make the elbow go to the ground

Guillotine defense from standing
Overhook the opposiite shoulder, protect neck
Step behind with one leg and takedown

Headlock escape
Hook the opposite leg
Free the inside arm

Side control escape
Push neck and hip and bridge
Get one knee in shrimp get second

Held all my sidemounts, transitioned to north south a lot

Day 1

100 kilos
Knee on belly
Baseball choke

North south
Mount prep

Reverse scissor
Armpit knee
Kimura sweep


Ckock choke

First closed guard pass
Sevond to 100kg

Half guard kimura
Hf to butterfly
Leg hug

Butterfyl pass trucker
Butterfly pass knee skip

July 29th 6th day

July 29th 6th day

A bit low on energy, but overall happy. Spiritual mood. Considering myself lucky a 4th degree black belt, with limited instruction space actually trains us. Happy that a blue from BTT came in.

Rolling observations
Worked from side-control with a stronger guy. Learned the importance of shoulder pressure when top side control, as well as how important the blade of the hand is. If the guy has a traditional double underhook, it's easier to work the bridge escape  from side control, then double under-hooks once the legs have scissored. Then it's possible to transition for the double-leg-like sweep, when you have double underhooks in turtle.

Did some crazy spinning as I got one hook out on a lighter guy, it looked cool and got me out of trouble. As a guy attempts the bridge escape, one transitions to scarf hold.  Then the other guy tries the shoulder roll scarf hold escape. 

Attempted a de la riva one leg down sweep, and it almost worked. The kimura from north south almost worked again, but forgot to use the lower back to control his arm. He was pretty strong, so whatever.
Observed that I go for the spinning armbar, and I block the hip. I Just need to block the arm a bit more. Noticed that this is the exact submission advanced white belts go for. Weird or maybe a sign. 

As I attempted the scarfhold, the guy based out with his free hand, and switch to side control. I then used the timing to try the second escape, but he switched again to scarfhold, holding me down. Eventually, i got my knee inside, and tried the bridge knee slide escape.

Got complimented on my strength, which was nothing more than timing and constant pressure, as well as the fancy legwork.

When in north south, and working  a kimura, what other options do I have ?
What do do when I have a kimura from side-control but I can't finish it for lack of strength? What am I doing wrong?
How do I switch from scarf-hold to the mount preparation ? Which grips do I use ?

Notes : review the scarf-hold shoulder roll escape.

July 30th 7th day

July 30th 7th day

No-gi followed by gi training.

Learned a kimura escape form butterfly(not like someone's going to try kimura from butterfly : Jumping over the head, and following up with an armbar.

Almost got the x-sweep : but forgot to stretch out the person's body first, before hooking.

Escaped side-control, back multiple times. Used the upa successfully on a judoka.

Questions : how do I control a standing guard pass in no-gi, from open guard ?
Why don't people tap when they cross their ankles?

Points to do better :
Over-under in mount, for chokes! Not double under.
Learn an anaconda escape and practice it.

Points I did good :
mount escape
back escape
tightness when working in closed guard, sweep attempts.
I should take my time a bit more when transitioning.

General points to consider :
Need more authority when doing a move, and that means timing, so practice.
One king of the mat = 2-3 classes.

July 28 5th day

July 28 5th day

Very happy. Relaxed.

Good competition from the guy who won the abu dhabi last year. He got two spinning armbars from side control, as well as a lame choke from deep north south (kinda lame on his part), but hey, it gets the submission done.

Worked BTT's magic from side control. Trapped the opposite arm with an underhook under the head. Attempted to pass the other arm around his head, but it failed, so I just half-assed it and tried to choke down. That failed miserably, so I had to resort to north south.

Transitioned to NS quite nicely, by trapping the hips with my hand. Forgot to trap the arm as well on the transition for the armbar technique.  In NS, trapped the arm with the leg properly, and started working the kimura. Tried to pry it off : remember to use the back muscles to pry it off next time. If he really defends, armbar.

Got submitted twice by spinning arm-bar. Tried the arm-bar escape, but his legs were pushing down very well. The escape's timing was a bit off, but anyway he was way too strong. Remember to go for the double leg when someone tries the spinning arm-bar on me.

Attempted a spiderguard standing sweep. Forgot that I actually have to go to the side.

Got my spiderguard passed as the guy put his knee between by legs. Went to side from there. Couldv'e extended the leg at that point. Could've went to de la riva as well from that pass attempt.

The difference between someone who succeeds in life and someone who doesn't, is how one deals with tough times.

Worked on what do do when someone takes double overhooks, from behind. Fall  the hips a bit lower, step one leg back behind his own leg. Grab both his legs behind the knees, and lift. Swivel the body around your hips, and land in knee on belly.

Sport jiu-jitsu
Yet another escape from side-control. Got tips on how to get double underhooks : simply bridge up, and while pushing with the outside elbow, sneak the arm inside. Scissor the legs, and go for a traditional double leg. ALternatively, bring one knee in, sprawl the other leg out. Get the head outsite opposide to the sprawled leg. Push and lift his legs to side control.

Thinking of buying a new Gi. Kinda lame to have one wet all the time.

Mental run through BTT white belt day 2
Half-guard butt arching with deep underhook
Half-guard overhook, turn around, sit hips down, pry the leg off.
Half-guard overhook, turn around, sit hips down, pry leg off, kimura.

Double sleeve overhead sweep, feet on hips
Tripod sweep, put shoulder really close to his leg. Cross-grip. Turn body to break his posture.
Failed tripod, omoplata sweep. Kick high on his armpit as the sweep is done.

Classic butterfly sweep. Kick the outside leg, head on the opposite side.
If the guy sprawls, go outside towards the direction pointed by his inside arm, while putting pressure on his outside leg.

Spider-guard sweep from standing. Underhook the far leg, straighten one leg.
Sickle sweep from standing. Cross-sleeve, hook the inside  leg, grab ankle across. Push on hip with free leg.

De la riva
Straight grip, push straight leg, mount.
De la riva overhead sweep. Foot on hips.

Chokes from the back
Over, under
Chicken wing
Pant-grab, leg overhook mean one.

Cross-grab open guard pass, Grab collar, pull in, side control
Underhook both legs in spiderguard, step over his arm, side control.

Side control inside, push both arms upwards, armbar roll, double leg.
Side control outside, open the leg as a door, push inwards
Armbar from mount : timing is very important. AT some point it's too late. Remember to cup the arm inside.
Back escape.
Omoplata jump over. Sprawl the leg outside if it's grabbed, and jump over
Triangle escape from choking down with trapped arm, as sprawled out, and grabbing base of his pants.
Crucifix escape

hip throw over, under
Outside leg hook.

August 12 th 13 day

August 12 th 13 day

First stripe
Felt like some guys were really out to get me while rolling, for no reason. Eithrr forcing stuff or resisting overly some moves.

Rolling notes.
Controlled posture of the guy in guard a bit better than before by pulling his elbows inwards. Got armpit knee sweeps omoplata sweeps armbar scissor sweeps kimura sweep counters the standing btt de la riva sweep and the gb de la riva dweep turning inside towards the knee as well as triangle setups. Not even joking. Got props from guys in The advanced class.

Noticed. ThAt i was under the effect of coffee and maybe my reflexes were a bit sharper. Didnt get passed submited or swept so thats a bit bawring.

Double ankle sweeps which involve moving in after the sweep. That could be used when the collar is missed.

Hip throw from double rape choke by grabbing the shoulder.

Armbar afrom double ankle sweep posture break.

Advancd tehniques
Switch from single to double leg when his leg gets outside.

Guard pass knee wedge push leg down and stepover.

August 10th 12 day

August 10th 12 day

Mood: very calm and hungry as hell

Sparring notes
Armpit kneed a guy twice since he had his arm way too deep. Armbarred him.

Played with 50 50 but couldnt do much beyond being stuck there forever.

Attempted gb sweeps from delariva but no luck stretching the guy out properly. That seems to be the first step anyway.

My open guard improved since its harder to pass now. Forgot to look after the standing spider from btt.

Scissored to mount but my lower leg was a bit too high.

Standing delariva from btt worked wonders.

Guard got pAssed only once after a crappy triangle he defended by diving. Couldnt replace guard from that point. Shouldve rocked on my back once hes passed a bit.

Double rape choke defense : duck under one Arm but keep head up and protect from knees.

Armbar triangle. They hold the arm with both arms befote opening but grabbig the collar breaks posture better. One of the red black belts teaches hand on collar anyway.

For the double leg dive under the armpit.

For the defense sprawl And crossface outwards.

Funky guard pass.

GrAb his armpits, get up and walk to him . Sit down and post a knee. Grab the opposite side lapel and ditch the leg.

August 5th 11th day

August 5th 11th day

Rolling notes

Got a standing spider guard sweep against a newbie who wasn't expecting shit. Hip bump sweep successful against a monster. Worked wonders from open-guard.

Triangle escape which worked quite nicely. The dude switch to an armbar, got an armbar escape and passed like a champ. No one could actually pass my open guard.

Feel like a badass

August 4th 10th day

August 4th 10th day

Rolling notes

Worked open guard.
Rolled with Georges. Got a nice de la riva sweep I stole from the advanced class from last week : Straight-grab his right ankle, hook his right leg, cross grab the other sleeve. Turn the knee inwards, and follow-up with the pass. Worked wonderefully. Raced to spider.

Second roll :
Got my hip push sweep countered by a BTT blue : he simply leaned into me as I attempted the sweep : the same way it's been countered before.

Got my omoplata sweep countered by mere force, maybe I need more force myself, or more tightness.
Got my tripod sweep with a blue and ended up in side control. Countered his counter to my omoplata sweep and closed my guard.

Fundamentals techniques : 
How to pull guard : Rest a foot straight on his hip, the one of which the arm is extended, and lean towards that arm as you go down.

Hip throw: From the clinch at an angle, step a foot forward, grip belt and opposite hand, place legs perpendicular and lift.

Kimura + hip bump sweep, however the combo we've been showed is opposite to whatever Btt shows. Georges could counter during practice with mere force quite easily.

Used my legs to pull in for the sweep combo, and it works wonders.

Attempted a triangle from de la riva and got passed as it backfired. Not a biggie, but expected.


Stolen techniques
From GB de la riva heel grab sweep : The opposite leg should be free. If it goes on the inside hip, first push on the knee. If the guy stretches out, can also push on the inner hip to bring him down.

Conclusions for the day

Proud that I chose to work open guard instead of closed, and it gave results! 
Some BTT stuff is worth keeping, other is good left out. 
Either way, the fundamentals here really complete my basics repertoire. 
There is no replacement for drilling. 
Two belts difference starts to be important. Anything less isn't that much.

August 3rd 9th day

August 3rd 9th day

Advanced techniques : 
De la riva guard as taught by GB : 
Straight sleeve grip
Straight grab one ankle
The same side hooks the leg
The opposite leg pushes on the knee, to stretch the guy out.

Sweep from there:
The leg that hooked over, turns inwards, bringing the other guy to his knees, and sweeping him down.

Basic techniques
Cross-collar choke whenever someone grabs the lapels high, good for breaking posture at least, if not choking.

Scissor sweep
Works even better when one leg is posted. (look out for that) since less advanced guys do it.

Getting up in base...

Sparring notes 

No submissions either way.

Worked with a blue belt in BTT. Not submitted or swept while in his guard, but couldn't get it open either way.
Opened my guard and almost omoplata swept him, almost passed once. He was gassed, and technique-wise a bit off. Protected very well from guard. Hasd

Worked with a 2-year pro no-gi fighter. Felt he was a bit ahead of me as far as timing and seeing my moves a bit. Passed my guard, but couldn't pass his easily.

August 2nd 8th day

August 2nd 8th day

Morning class

Self-defense class
Learned how to breakfall when pushed down. Keep the head in to avoid knocking against pavement. Got up in base. The leg on the bottom should be free and usable for kicks.

Scissor sweep but the arm grip is just behind the elbow which doesnt allow for chaining attacks. Works especially well when one leg is posted.

Cross collar choke: learned a nice setup from when theguy is pushing with both hands down on my hips. The first arm pushes his arm down using the elbow. The second arm is broken down at the wrist.

Sparred with three partners:
Brown belt instructor had a very strong open guard, wasnt going for tricks. Survived his attacks for quite a while but he was going at a slow pace. Tried the bullfighter pass and he wouldnt pish back.

Had a few good sweeps and submissions on thebodybuilder but he muscles out of a lot of them. Did the triangle escape and ot worked absolutely great. Tried standing guard passesb but couldnt get him off the ground. Even a double ankle failed against this monster. Fooled with deep half guard

Scissor swept a third guy to mount and attempted triangles. Worked an omoplata sweepsuccessfully but he somehow recovered quickly. Maybe my grips were off.

Guillotined from guard a guy who was trying to get up

Conclusion from a few weeks training with new partners.

My closed guard game is my best
Im good atregaining closed guard from side control.
I am beginning to chain open guard sweeps and get better control. Trouble starts when both ankles are trapped And i have q crappy grip.

I fucking miss full on rolling to submission not just position. Maybe the advanced class has this.

August 18 17th day

August 18 17th day

Sparring notes
Finally found a good use to btts double elbow oberhead sweep: counter to whatever regular bjj guys standArd guardpass. Controlled w blue belt in that fashion but since she waspracticing technique she didnt realize. Swept her with an omplata to half passed mounted and ezequiel. Even had a triangle locked for a whipe until she used A gb escape which works at early stages.

Swept another blue and conttolled him very well. On top defended triangles very well and started going for the og pass but time ran out.

Standing headlock escape
Look outside the choke. Arms on outer hip and inner knee. Outr leg swivels outwards. Etc

August 17 16th day

August 17 16th day

Went for a learning roll witha guy more or lessmy level. Tried to break guard with the day 1 technique but it wouldnt open.

Good hip control and open guard defense, until the dude almost passed but got off the mat so I let it go and half assed it. He was in a comp roll so whatever.

Had to sit out the next roll because of a cut on my temple.

Tomoe nage: straight grip and foot on the extended Arm side.

De la riva collarsweep: straight grip foot on opposite side of pivot on the hip.

Self defense
Body fold : avoid guillotine by putting head near the centre of his chest.

Guard pass sprawl the opening leg as far back as possible.

August 16th 15 day

August 16th 15 day

Felt I was going to puke in class atthe last sparring. Had mcdodo at noon and it wants to get out.

Got armbarred and triangled by a bigger stronger more experienced white but I really don't feel I messed up. Physically not in shape and crappy reflexes are my excuse.

Armbarred the same guy from high guard using a gb technique. Worked from high guard with another guy. Swept with de la riva knee down. Passed a blue belts guard from btt. Loop choke on that same opponent. Both opponents wrestled out of the submission so next time I will definetly force some more. Got my omoplata sweep defused by a btt blue belt technique.

Tried the xchoke but was defended with chin action.

Body fold technique from the clinch, the same one as the standing guillotine.

Funky guard pass. Knee outwards, same side palm down pant grab and push down with elbow. Other hand on both lapels. Pass that second arm under his let and sprawl for the pass.

Blue belt techniques
Tomoe nage. Same setup as a guard pull but instead loosen up the knee and extend it ad the opponent is flying overhead.

De la riva sweep. Straight lapel grab opposite pivot, foot on hip and lift overhead.

August 13th 14th day

August 13th 14th day

Got the chance to roll with two distinct black belts : a renzo gracie bb and a marcus soares bb. Got amazed at the level of control, but retrospectively thinking, they were sometimes slacking down on me, other times going 100%. Resisted close to a minute with each one, holding my position, or sweeping.

Learned and saw a very nice kimura, armbar sequence from mount. Attack one arm with a kimura, and as the person pushes with the other arm to make space, arm-bar it.

Almost got choked out : didn't feel this new gi choking me, until I started getting dizzy.

August 26 22nd day

August 26 22nd day

Mood: A bit perplexed. Lets call this guy beluga. Their heads are similar, and as shortly will be proven, so are their brains. This idiot sparred with me last class. After having his guard passed a couple oftimes and submitted with both ezequiel and triangle( almost) and having refused to tap and wrestled out of everything. Dude refused to tap as my ezequiel was deep. Crushed his windpipe and he started coughing.

Fast forward to this class, this asshat chooses me again for sparring, presumably to teach me a lesson. So I get in the inferior position inside his closed guard. He tries a bunch of weird asshat tricks but he gets nothing. Hes frustrated. Roles switch and as he forces my guard open I transition to de la riva. Got him under me on his knees so sweep restart. This time around I stand up again and he tries a guillotine. After getting out of it he pushes me down and his his face on me knee. All angry he gets up and wants to hit me. Hewants to teach me A lesson and sits on his back again when it was my trn, all angry. He screams out of control. Challenging me. Someone tells him to cool off and I go sit. Moral of the story: avoid the idiots.

By the way my belt is still gone havent recovered it.

August 24th 20th day

August 24th 20th day

Cocky and a bit pissed I got tapped by an advanced white. From half-guard, he tried the kimura but I was protecting with my dear life, and instead of forcing, he rolled me over him and got the tap.

I, on the other hand, got him in a triangle after a bit of shuffling around, and I protected very well while in his guard. The next roll, I got a knee spider guard sweep from BTT and it looked pretty good, and passed the guy's guard a number of times. Used the guard break technique and it worked very nice.

August 23rd 19th day

August 23rd 19th day

Sparring notes

My armpit knee sweep victim started defending it. Armbarred him for keeping too high a grip instead ans transitioned to triangle as well.

Got good control with spider guard but messed up as he got too far and my grips werent good enough. Attempted a knee spider guard sweep but the dudes base was scary strong. Got trapped in an early triangle. Dude with dangerously strong legs.

Rolled with a brown. Defeated my riva repeatedly. Got pulled for a armpit knee as i tried the guard pass of the day. Was good enough to break his closed guard.

Got amazed at how grip matter even after An omoplata sweep. Got omoplatad a few times.

Important: de la riva pass:
Grapevined leg: knee parallel to the attackers body and bent itowards his forehead. Crossgrip free leg and lift with both hands towards the second leg.

Inner leg hook takedown. Lift at the knee level across.

Punching defense from clinch. Parallel grab the punching arm from the back. Posture up and step back. Grab neck and kimura the other hand.

Bull pass. Closed guard breaking is first done with the back then sprawled leg then with the arm. Collar grip should be on the sternum. Break the legs with the lower back.

August 19 18th day

August 19 18th day

Rolling notes

Lucky enough to roll with three different levels today : equal better And less good. Did a learning roll a comp roll and an asskicking teaching roll.

Got an armpit knee and almost the gb riva knee down sweep. Locked a triangle and taught my buddy a few things. Learned from a purple to use my outer leg when on my back to push on his shoulder down and break posture. Got rncd when attempted to break out of side by turtling. Couldve protected the turtle better.

September 1st 26 th day

September 1st 26 th day

Sparring notes
Top side contol on stronger ehavier bigger opponent. Never let me start heavy on him. Pushed up and hooked leg for half. Couldve let him grab it and pass properly.

From top got armbarred but escaped the second time. Irrespectful opponent had his nose up all the time. Pushed me away with his legs as I was standing up. Huge attitude this guy. Huge difference in the valueof training when rolling with more experienced guys.

Slightly smaller opponent about my size controlled and swept properly.

Half guard pass
From top hg
Opp has underhook
Opp is on his side
Opp has close head
Step over opp with free leg
Shoulder pressure
Free the leg by pushing on opp leg

Guillotine and escape

Side control escape
Seashell on hip
Forearm on neck
Bridge shrimp

August 30 24 th day

August 30 24 th day

Sparring notes

Applied hip control in the transition to mount preparation. Amazed at how nice my timing is getting, thanks to practice. Thanks to my partner, learned proper shoulder pressure and practiced. Isolated an arm from north sputh for americana and armbar after escaping side.

Learned the frame escape from sice head and arm. Learned a switch to mount prep from side.

Advanced steal: tip for getting the underhook on top half guard. Push eith the free elbow in between the op arm and forearm. Shoulder pressure. Slide into underhook. Keep shoulder pressure. Help pulling the trapped leg out by pushing with the other leg.

September 7th 28th

September 7th 28th

Saw that I am leaving a lot of space while side controlling a guy. Saw a nice defense for north south: over under hook. Saw a nice defense from side control. Grab both collars and leave no space for a knee on belly by using the inside knee tomake space.

Worked a scarf hold successfull escape by barrl rolling over. Couldnt do much against the brown belt but thats ok.

Saw someone jump over for an arm triangle as he trapped the arm on the other side.

Should learn to keep hands in when defending on the bottom, always cpose to the neck across. The most important thing is survival in that position and it is acheived by cross grabbing.

Did good knee on belly jumpng and controlled so so. Need more practice with that transition.

Techniques: body fold inner leg hook takedown.

September 2nd 27th

September 2nd 27th

Couple of people got their blue belts. Decent rolling

Sep 22 32 nd day

Sep 22 32 nd day

Sparred two rounds with a spazzy white belt. Swept and controlled him but no submission from mount. He was defending with all his force. This is the kind of opponent i would have tired out in real life.

Front double overhook bear hug escape to hip throw.
Americana and armbar from mount.

20 sep 31 st day

20 sep 31 st day

Practiced a deep half guard sweep from x guard against a newbie and it worked partly because of his lack of base. Swept from under mount and regained guard easily.

Good upa and americana defense against a blue. Good control but no taps from mount against a huge beginner guy. Used to hold me with double underhooks.

Good work on getting the double umderhook from mount.

Points to work on: pinch the knees sooner when armbarring from mount.

September 9th 29th day

September 9th 29th day

Rolling notes
Encountered the same problem yey again when on top side control: the guy would bench press me to create space and sometimes even slide their knee inside. A possible solution would be.knee on belly.

Sweeped controlled and submitted a new one and a big one stripe dude as well. He kinda pissed me off as he was continuously trying to choke me when it wasnt oworkng. Got him in side and tooled him a bit. Submitted him once.

Bear hug from behind
Side control escApe to sweep.

28 sep 37th day

28 sep 37th day

Rolling notes

Had fun rolling out of four points as people were trying to get the hooks. Tried to flip people to the side but they were resisting a lot. Overall good workout.

September 27th 36 day

September 27th 36 day

Guillotine and escape. Back chokes.

A bit of difficulty holding the back mount and difficulty choking out. Use of force. Got one choke and god choked. Escaped some back mounts in full mount.

September 24 35th day

September 24 35th day

Positional sparring

Got tooled a good deal by almost everyone. A bit tired from training. Good defense from mount apparently, from one of the blue purples. Triangled a dude. Got cross choked by a white belt. Not sure how to defend. Must limit training a bit.

Sep 23 34th

Sep 23 34th

Second stripe, as according to the minimum time limits. Grabbed an armbar on a bluebit he managed to get up easily while he still had my armbar on. Tried ita couple of times from the modified mount. Finally learned that it will work with a crossface only which I didnt have.

Sparred with the tkd man and he managed to get armbarred and controlled quite well. Donovan, and cool to roll with despite the clinch he is constantly working for.

October 1 st 39th day

October 1 st 39th day

Very good escapes and controlfrom mostpositions: except from back with a strong opponent. Escaped from most attacks while in bad positions.

Extremely happy about my performance since I took thursday off. The extra power and training really shows.

Cirst time I got subbed from my own guard: with an ezequiel.

Passedthe guard of a blue player not without effort.

First time I actually gassed at thethird personIwasattempting to pass.

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Object mocking on steroids

At first sight, python is just another script language you could pick up in an afternoon. Its power apparently stems from a rather minimalistic syntax, but is it really the end of the story?

Digging just a bit deeper, one finds extremely interesting concepts, such as method or class decorators, lambda functions, map reduce and filter functions borrowed from functional programming, generator functions, and the unbelievable power of the base types, such as the list. Those are certainly nice features, but even nicer than all of that is that in Python, _everything_ is an object. Everything has properties. How does this translate into real-world benefits you might ask? How about programming a full-featured object mock framework in UNDER two hundred lines, including comments ? Don't believe me ? http://code.google.com/p/pyamof/

Now I'd really like to hear what exactly stops excellent software from being written, when we have tools as powerful as python ?

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Norway conquers infections by cutting use of antibiotics

Hospitals tend to be rather dangerous places to visit ; no wonder doctors are paid large amounts of money to stick around. If you're unlucky enough to spend a night in the hospital as a patient, you're going to expose yourself to bacteria that's been artificially hardened by antibiotics. All hospitals have their doses of MRSA (Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus), basically super bacteria that even the best immunologist can't kill (currently).

On the other side of the coin, lies the general impression that you absolutely HAVE to pop a pill of Tylenol (no, not antibiotics) or Aspirin for the slightest headache. When you actually take the time to visit a doctor for said pain, you're going to be walking out with a prescription for guess what... antibiotics !

Norway has shown that people actually need less antibiotics than they're prescribed. Limiting the usage of these drugs has caused fewer super mutants running around in their hospitals as well.

• Norwegian doctors prescribe fewer antibiotics than any other country, so people do not have a chance to develop resistance to them.

source: http://www.miamiherald.com/2010/01/11/1420165/norway-conquers-infections-by.html

Friday, February 26, 2010

On Happiness

Much can be said, and has been said so far on happiness. To some, it is the goal of all existence. For others, the end of existence may be self-perfection, but that's beyond the point. Or is it?

Psychologists seem to have a very narrow-minded definition of happiness. Most of the time, they equate happiness with joy.
To probe the effect of happiness on selfishness, Forgas and his colleague Hui Bing Tan put 45 students into good or bad moods by giving them positive or negative feedback on a "cognitive test" that they had taken.
When students received positive feedback, what they actually felt is contentment, or even joy, but not happiness. Happiness is much deeper than either contentment or joy. It is a lasting moment when one feels at peace with the rest of the world, where desires have finally shut up for just a moment and what really matters is the present. It is first and foremost a deep, lasting emotion as well as mental state which doesn't either come or go in a predictable way. As an example, imagine the what the wise grandfather at the family Christmas table would feel to see his offspring all grown up.

My own theory, which is obviously inspired from what I've read, is that happiness most often than not comes from a steady increase in power over oneself, a form of self-control.

Thursday, February 25, 2010


Homeopathy is a form of alternative medicine which consists in administering extremely low doses of supposedly active ingredients, such as wolf's pelt or thunderstorm water. The practice is apparently supported by some insurance companies, and even paid for by national governments. The United Kingdom was such a state, until recently it decided to stop backing the practice. There were as many as three homeopathic hospitals in the UK, all of which were partly supported by the state.

To the bright side of the equation, I see a group of people whom, having undergone classical treatment, failed to improve their condition, and turn on to homeopathy as a last resort. As far as I'm concerned, if these patients actively believe in a remedy while essentially drinking putrefied water, so be it, homeopathy has its place in private practices. However, a mentally sane patient should never be able to choose homeopathy in favor of traditional medicine, not should it ever be state-sanctioned.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Utah to make 12th grade optional

As a civilized country, our main asset isn't our currency or as we have seen of late, our economy. Instead, it is domain-specific knowledge we have discovered, developed and improved over the years in Engineering, Medicine, etc. Anyone might benefit directly or indirectly from this research and know-how. Our governments continue to hope for the next incandescent bulb, steamship, or even telephone, and for this reason, large sums of money are being "spent" on research.

However, research goes hand-in-hand with education. If there is one thing governments should be focusing on, is improving education. Utah wants to make 12th grade optional. Following their reasoning, society would gain too little from an extra year of high-school compared to how much it actually costs. They don't deny the advantage of research, or that of education.

My question is simple: why not review the high-school curriculum, in the hope of producing more researchers, engineers or doctors, instead of cutting budgets?

Their reasons might be threefold: given the recent economic crisis, they need to tighten up their budgets. Secondly, they choose to go for an instant win, by improving the balance sheet, and risking losing their economic edge in the long term. Thirdly, aren't ignorant masses easier to control than those able to form an educated opinion?