Thursday, January 27, 2011

January 27th 97day day

Three classes today, for a total of three hours of fighting. Two
fundamentals as well as one advanced class. Successfully applied Saulo's
scoop sequence again, and it seems to work rather beautifully, as long
as the person has no over-hook in place, or control over the free elbow.
I've personally noted the importance of keeping the elbows in. With
enough power and rest, the attacker could open the elbows for an armbar.
Worked my open guard a lot in free sparring, and noted that unless the
person has reaaaly good control when initiating a pass, I either stuff
it or go to four points and recover half-guard.
Even got my favorite sweep working in sparring today, but was a bit lazy
to get up once I did it, and the person recovered. It's most likely to
happen in competition if I don't act fast.
Had the chance to see the same technique explained in two different
ways, and the two ways really seem to complete each other. Actually, the
most important thing I've learned today is how to do a proper
cross-face. First off, the point of the cross-face is to have the person
look away from you, because if she can't look in a direction, she can't
turn her body in that direction. Secondly, it's very important to have
an over-under after a sprawl, so as to block the person from advancing,
or a double overhook control. Thirdly, the cross-face should be
performed by sliding the hand between the upper lip and the nose and
grabbing the opposite shoulder. It really should feel like a crank. It's
apparently the most basic wrestling move there is, and man, does it seem
to be effective. Here's an example : from the top of a sprawl, with the
defender in four points. Slide your right arm from the left to the
right, between the person's upper lip and nose, then grab the person's
left shoulder. She is now looking away from you. Grab an under-hook on
the person's left side with your free arm, and transition to her side.
Aim for proper hip to hip pressure while on the side. Your outside knee
should touch the person's outside knee. Switch for double under-hooks
and grab them high. Kick your free leg towards your back and transition
to back control.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

January 26th 96 th day

January 26th 97 th day
Trained for one hour only, since I start having symptoms of overtraining, such as a negative attitude towards training. It has a lot to do with me not sleeping enough for how much I train. I could easily do two hours during vacation and still have enough for a third class, but it's a bit too much during regular hours.
Sparred with two people and had ample opportunities to practice my scoop escape as well as my chokes. Observed how people generally open up for an overhook control as they try to push one hoom off. Frommthe back, two details really changed my game. The scoop as well as gluing mymchest to their back with a seatbelt control or double underhooks.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

January 25th 95th day

Two hour format, as is usual these days.
Actually the previous blog spot was inaccurate. This month, I have two
favorite techniques. Yes, it's true that the double attack from mount
(armbar, cross-choke) still my number one technique this month, however
it's also not the only one. I have just remembered the escape sequence
from knee on belly we have been shown.
The first one is actually the preferred one, since it's much more higher
percentage. From bottom knee on belly, the outside hand will stiff-arm
the belt at the knot, pretty much around the belly button. A discrete
shrimp away from the attacker combined with a strong push on the belt
will naturally lead into a technical stand-up. As an added bonus, the
free arm, the one close to the attacker's body, can actually grab the
ankle for a single-leg take-down. In case the person resists, or is
heavy, the option to simply pull the ankle inwards still exists.
Rolling was pretty good today. In fundamentals, I've successfully
protected using Saulo's sequence (squat down lower and lower,
cross-block your lapel while the free hand blocks incoming lapel
attacks. Pinch with your knee the attacker's hook at the knee and after
finding the space left between yourself and your attacker's knee with
the free elbow, kick that leg hard and put the elbow to the ground).
I've pretty much been unstoppable with this attack, and I personally
find it's way more effective than what I currently know, since the other
methods momentarily open up the neck for an overhook lapel grab, which
is mostly a game-over or a question of time. Grabbing one hook with the
hand is probably one of the worst moves I could make.
The second major improvement in my back game, came from at least
grabbing a double over-hook and gluing my chest to the victim's back.
Control is pretty darn good, and in the worst case, you will momentarily
lose one hook, but there's always time to put it back afterward, just as
long as the legs are locked in a half-guard-like manner.
Free sparring was a mixed bag, but overall a very nice display of
technique. I've personally found out I rely a lot on the butterfly
guard, which I don't really understand that well or have transitions
from, other than simply grabbing the half-guard. Note for next time :
transition to spider-guard instead, from which I have quite a bit more
moves. The good news is that while in half-guard, I am careful enough to
block the pesky cross-face and either transition closed guard right away
or to z-guard, then full guard. While in full guard, I threaten quite
often with either a high guard or a sweep. My biggest complaint about
closed guard at the time comes from when opponents stiff-arm at the
stomach level and go for the single underhook pass. Played both the top
and bottom position in sparring, with different partners. From side
mount, isolate one hand by stepping the knee over. Actually while on the
bottom, I've had the common sense to protect against the person stepping
the knee over my head. How did I get in that crappy position ? The
person forced a knee slide pass a bit too much as compared to what I was
expecting (my usual training partners are maybe lazier), and I got stuck
in a very shallow half-guard. While squirming away, it was only a
question of time until I tried to transition to the turtle position, but
the person saw it coming and flattened me into side control. I've tried
bridging, but his control was superb, transitioning to kesa-gatame and
not letting me put my elbow to the ground at all. Tried to off-balance
him a few times, but his control was damn good. I didn't let him have
the mount, and he knew it would be a dead-end, since I was awake. So he
tried the so-called step-over side control, which he failed to complete
for lack of time.
The other sparring sessions were not as memorable, except the last one.
The person let me attack, and I quickly transitioned to top half-guard.
After quite a bit of fighting, I got side control. The mount preparation
was pretty hard, since the person was grabbing the step-over leg just
before I would transition. Played his game a bit, until I finally got mount.
Played another round against a dangerous bottom deep-half player. He
tried quite a bit of sweeps, but his setup was crappy, so I generally
transitioned to half, which opened the whole game of who gets the
underhook. It was a good call of closing my half-guard (by locking my
legs together), since that stopped quite a few of his sweep attempts and
let me work for that underhook-cross face combo. Passed to his side
about twice from half.
The other memorable technique of the day was Ippon-seoi-Nage. The
professor showed it as a two-step process, similar to a hip throw.
Recalling what the black-belt Judo person said, the two most important
things of the throw are the initial off-balancing, right after freeing
the attacking arm, combined with a darned good pinch of the person's
armpit by using your forearm and arm. Once the arm is locked, it's just
a question of time.

Monday, January 24, 2011

January 24th 94th class

Did the usual two hour format. First hour was fundamentals, starting
from the back position. Got to practice Saulo Ribeiro's survival
position for the back, as well as his back escape. Was decently good at
defending chokes, but exposed myself for the occasional armbar as I
overprotected the choke occasionally. Had quite a bit of difficulrty
while trying his escape for the back, mainly because the opponent was
stiffening his leg as I tried to push the hook off with my free elbow.
Had the chance to practice the body lock escape as well, with pretty
good success : i got it open, but opened up for an armbar somehow right
after. Not sure what quite went wrong.
Had quite a bit of fun in the advanced class as well. Worked from and
passed butterfly guard a few times. Found the importance of the double
underhook when defending with the butterfly guard. Tried the sweep a few
times, but got caught in half guard, or Z guard most of the time. Did a
decent job of defending the cross-choke, and of either recovering full
guard, or getting a deep half position, at times. Got a nice triangle as
well as a sweep from spider guard. Recovered full guard and worked the
kimura, kimura sweep a few times. Been so long I did a proper Kimura
from closed guard, I acutally forgot to position myself properly to
finish it, when I actually had it on a rather big dude.
Worked the Ippon-Seoi-Nage from the regular Judo grip. Must first break
the grip by circling outwards and then upwards, then, very importantly,
pull the person abruptly and go for the first part of the move, which
consists in simultaneously underhooking the person's armpit right about
at the elbow level, and pinching hard. Hip out on the same side and
bring the second leg in line. Had the privilege of working with a black
belt Judo guy for this move.
I believe that my technique of the month will be the cross-choke to
armbar transition from the mount. It would go like this : Get one hand
in the lapel, quite deep, and prepare for the unavoidable mount my
shifting the weight on the right side. As the person does the Upa, give
her space, and lift up her elbow in transition. At this point, you have
a choice. You can either let her come down, into a cross-choke, or
continue upwards, for an armbar after a good-ol crosschoke.
The point I kinda question, is what happens if the person frames the
attacker at the hip, or tries to shrimp out instead of bridging ? That
seems to be a rather good defense, but most people don't use it.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Jan 20 93rd class

Jan 20 93rd class

Two classes.

Noteworthy tehhniques

The hip throw, also called O-goshi, can actually be performed on the opposite side. The technique likely bears a similar name.

Instead of the now classic, and personally preferable way of escaping a knee on belly, we now have a second option. Wrap the top knee from the outside with the outer arm while also shrimping away from the attacker. Perform a techical standup after making sure the leg is completely wrapped at the knee( and not higher.

Sparring notes
Starting to tap into controlling the mount as well as escaping. While I have better and better equilibrium, experienced blues catch me in chokes, from weird transitions as well as healthy doses of strength.

To my pleasure, I find myself escaping from more and more positions, while seeking more and more sweeps.'In general, I should keep focusing on preventing either neck or lapel control. It seems to be a rather weak point due to my having a decently long neck.

Even with the occasional tap to the experienced blue, I take note of whenever they resort to brutish strength as a personal victory that I am escaping quite well.

As far as controlling white belts of similar experience, I have no trouble whatsoever, getting the occasional side or back control.