Monday, February 28, 2011

February 28 113th class

One class, due to very low energy levels.
Managed to pour enough sweat on the mats in fundamentals to warrant for
a few hours of rest. Yesterday's night sleep was a bit shallow, and it
shows.
Did an alternate escape from the standing headlock, this one used when
the opponent decides to start punching the hell out of you. Lock his
punching hand with your same-side hand, and posture up. Grab his second
wrist and bring it behind his back for a quick shoulder submission.
The second part was the classical knee wedge guard opening followed by
the standard bull pass.
In sparring, used a combination of torreanda + knee pass as well as a
leg rope pass whenever my opponent would attempt a crappy z-guard. In
defense, rolled with the armpit knee sweep a number of times. Escaped a
failed triangle attempt by turtling up away from the opponent. Worked
with the over under from closed guard and threatened to get the back a
few times. Did a really fancy escape from bottom half-guard, which
involves pushing the person's head with the outer leg, for a sweep. I
saw Bruno do it in competition, so I stole it. Works wonders if you're
the least flexible, and the guy doesn't keep his head at the right
place. Got a double ankle sweep as well as my now very appreciated
sickle sweep. One nice way to do it, in order to amplify its power, is
to handstand on the free hand, while twisting the legs and under-hooking
the ankle very close to it.
Overall, I've successfully applied in sparring two techniques I've seen
used by the highest-levels blackbelts when under stress in competition.
The thing I'm most proud of is the armpit knee sweep combined with the
knee underhook used for the pendulum sweep. It really adds extra power
to it, and I feel I can take anyone out with it.
Defeated the two on one hip control with the usual way of pushing the
leg off.
Had some difficulty passing Brando's half-guard : actually I didn't pass
it in two and a half minutes, after having tried various techniques. At
least I held my end up very well.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

February 24th 112th class

Two classes, plus technique of the third class.
This is going to be the new norm, since it doesn't really get me home
any later, and instead of waiting for nothing on the bench, I could
really use extra technique, especially if it's shown by a different
instructor. Stopping cofee definetly has me pushing me more, and longer.
I'm also starting to bring snacks to chew on before getting home.
Today, it really was a revelatory experience, since people emphasize
different aspects of the technique. For example, up to this point, I was
always taught to bring the top leg in an armbar from mount as close to
my hips as possible. This was shown to be false for two reasons. First
of all, by extending the top leg, the person gets an automatic
cross-face, so the armbar is tighter. Secondly, it puts a lot more
pressure on the person, and is harder to escape. I really can't
understand how this detail escaped me for this long. I've lost a good
number of armbars to this detail, especially against stronger guys.
Rolling notes
Used the leg rope pass in combination with the "knee to the face" slow
pass with great success. The leg rope really works wonders against lazy
guys who don't put on a proper z-guard. It really does allow for a pass
on both sides, as far as I saw. The more I roll, the more I start seeing
a pattern, a game emerging, and that is a good(tm) thing, since I'm not
really forcing myself to do a particular series of moves, it just comes
naturally.
I am especially proud of the far side underhook pass, done while
flattening the guy on his back against this bigger dude. I got caught up
pretty bad in his half-guard, but nothing a good cross-face can't fix.
I realize that the second I get put in a half-guard, or the second I
grab it, I instinctively block the cross-face and work for getting my
knee in. My efforts of recovering full guard from half seem to be paying
off more and more. The second option I go for, is the simple backdoor
sweep from deep half, whenever an opponent puts his knee very close to
my face (making it veeery tempting to transition to deep half for the
simple pass).
A second, and very memorable thing I've learned from Glen today is the
importance of pushing at the ankle level when going for the single
underhook guard pass. It really puts a lot more power on the leg. Very
noteworthy technique.
Enjoyment 8/10
Technique 8/10
Energy levels 8/10

February 22nd 110th class

Two hour session.

Fundamentals
Valentin
We stopped as soon as someone turtled up. I almost passed with a torreanda towards the end of the round I started on top. He never actually passed my guard. It's quite unbelievable how annoying a grab at the knee can be when on top of the closed guard. Got my fair assortment transitions from bottom closed guard, never actually letting him get comfortable for a pass.

Louis 1
Learned the importance of the two on one sleeve grab plus the extended leg. It's quite good control, but personally I find it's quite dangerous since the whole pivot is on the leg (which can be either bended or pushed off the hip). It's quite good opening for triangles and tripod sweep, however, and it does allow transitions to delariva when desired. It's a pretty good stalling position, until the other person realizes what makes it tick. Got annoyed quite a bit by his open guard, which is based on this position. Now, I actually see its weakness.

Martin 1
Got the chance to practice my double underhook University of Jiu-jitsu escape from the (white/blue) section, it works like a charm. Was lucky to practice about three times the knee jerk half guard pass, with a good crossface, and the person flattened out.

Advanced:
Juan
Point to remember for next time : when executing a backdoor deep half sweep, how the hell do I keep him from turning and escaping it? I did it twice, and failed. Swept him twice. Once, with the fundamentals double leg wrestling move, and a second time, but forgot which technique. Ended up in the mount preparation, full mount, he bumped, I cross-faced and landed in an arm-bar. My legs were not pinched/hugging his body enough and he wrestled out of it.

Louis(/)

Martin 2
Showed him the same things I'm working on : recovering full guard from half.

Steve(n)
Recovered full guard/open guard from half a few times, but he almost passed a couple of times so I had to turtle up. I did the escape we were shown, but he managed to shrimp out of my control, since I didn't close my elbow enough on his opposite hip and/or he was too strong for this kind of control. He's not really my weight class, so whatever. I had that pass! I also finished attacking with a torreanda, but ran out of time. My attacking seems to be pretty darn dangerous. I use the classic torreanda, or parallel knee combined with an underhook on the other leg. The dudes usually turtle, which allows me for some control. I did a good job defending the clock choke about twice, but be rnc'd me once, and bow and arrowed. The beauty of the bow and arrow is that you don't need the second leg hooked to do it. My main problem with escaping his control was that I couldn't bridge on the other side to escape his control, and he took advantage of it. Blame the weight difference.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

February 23rd 111th class

One class. Fundamentals was pretty much empty, with a bunch of new guys
coming in, so it was relatively easy to work. Sparred with three
different guys, in increasing order of experience.

The new guy whose name I can't remember
Practiced today's pass on him as I was attacking. When he attacked,
swept him overhead and arm-barred him once or twice, for good measure.
He's a potential partner since he seems to be smart about his attacking,
and doesn't go full force.

Martin
Used only my legs to defend his passes. Used the double underhook pass escape
with great success.

The big asian guy with a crazy half/deep half game
Got a high guard, and worked a triangle, for which he defended by
putting his pivot arm inside, opening up the omoplata. He stepped over
my body for the escape, readying a pass, and I turtled calling it a day.
I actually had a good grab on his belt and his arm, but maybe I didn't
sit up fast enough.
When I attacked, it was mostly me trying to pass his half using
yesterday's technique, while also threatening an ezequiel. It didn't pan
out since I was too lazy to finish the ezequiel.
Great traning today, but I really have to cut down on coffee. The amount
of acid it generates is insane. I feel drained at the end of the day. I
want a replacement, or simply to stop drinking it. It might help if the
darn coffee machine weren't in my field of vision all day long, two
meters away.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Feb 22nd

Two hour session.

Fundamentals
Valentin
We stopped as soon as someone turtled up. I almost passed with a
torreanda towards the end of the round I started on top. He never
actually passed my guard. It's quite unbelievable how annoying a grab at
the knee can be when on top of the closed guard. Got my fair assortment
transitions from bottom closed guard, never actually letting him get
comfortable for a pass.

Louis 1
Learned the importance of the two on one sleeve grab plus the extended
leg. It's quite good control, but personally I find it's quite dangerous
since the whole pivot is on the leg (which can be either bended or
pushed off the hip). It's quite good opening for triangles and tripod
sweep, however, and it does allow transitions to delariva when desired.
It's a pretty good stalling position, until the other person realizes
what makes it tick. Got annoyed quite a bit by his open guard, which is
based on this position. Now, I actually see its weakness.

Martin 1
Got the chance to practice my double underhook University of Jiu-jitsu
escape from the (white/blue) section, it works like a charm. Was lucky
to practice about three times the knee jerk half guard pass, with a good
crossface, and the person flattened out.

Advanced:
Juan
Point to remember for next time : when executing a backdoor deep half
sweep, how the hell do I keep him from turning and escaping it? I did it
twice, and failed. Swept him twice. Once, with the fundamentals double
leg wrestling move, and a second time, but forgot which technique. Ended
up in the mount preparation, full mount, he bumped, I cross-faced and
landed in an arm-bar. My legs were not pinched/hugging his body enough
and he wrestled out of it.

Louis(/)

Martin 2
Showed him the same things I'm working on : recovering full guard from half.

Steve(n)
Recovered full guard/open guard from half a few times, but he almost
passed a couple of times so I had to turtle up. I did the escape we were
shown, but he managed to shrimp out of my control, since I didn't close
my elbow enough on his opposite hip and/or he was too strong for this
kind of control. He's not really my weight class, so whatever. I had
that pass! I also finished attacking with a torreanda, but ran out of
time. My attacking seems to be pretty darn dangerous. I use the classic
torreanda, or parallel knee combined with an underhook on the other leg.
The dudes usually turtle, which allows me for some control. I did a good
job defending the clock choke about twice, but be rnc'd me once, and bow
and arrowed. The beauty of the bow and arrow is that you don't need the
second leg hooked to do it. My main problem with escaping his control
was that I couldn't bridge on the other side to escape his control, and
he took advantage of it. Blame the weight difference.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Feb 21 109th class

Rolling notes
Two hours.
Having a problem with defeating Mitch's de la Riva whenever I try to
step out of it by turning my knee inwards. He puts his second shin near
the hook and grabs the belt. From there, he often is lightning quick to
grab a dominant side overhook and go for a bow and arrow. The first
problem seems to be his second hook, as well as his belt grab. As a
solution, I might try to squat down as he tries to get the second hook
in to go for my back. Alternatively, I should maybe open his delariva
hook by squatting even before he gets the second shin in the danger zone.
Had a little trouble passing Cyrus' half-guard as he was grabbing my
head as if preparing a guillotine, and I didn't want to bother yanking
my head out. Tried to cross-face him, but his chin was way too far away,
so I tried to put my shoulder into his throat in the hope of getting out
of it. I did pretty good by taking his back from bottom half guard :
protected the cross-face and grabbed the under hook like a madman.
Did a very nice transition against Fred : from de la riva, by grabbing
the ankle, I switched the hook to a foot on the hip as he was standing
up, grabbed his shin and hooked his left leg for a sweet tripod sweep.
It still feels good to this moment. He also didn't like me grabbing his
free leg, so must remember to control it. As I shoved it once out of the
way for a pass, he shrimped out as I didn't have a good underhook.
Did a great job keeping Donovan's attacks off by only using my legs.
Also very happy with the toreando pass I did on Cyrus as he overcommited
on one side.
The next time I play spider guard, and the guy stands, forcing me to do
the classic sweep, to grab his ankle as well.
Did an awesome pass of Hong's butterfly : the knee skip. He transitioned
to the knees, making my live more difficult. In the end, hey, I
transition to my knees as well, but Mitch was already countering this
with proper grips when I tried that on him. One thing to note about
Mitch's game is how I reaaaally need to protect against that overhook.
He's got small hands, so he's quick as hell.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Feb 7th 103th class

Two classes, as is usual these days.
A couple of techniques really stand out from the rest, and I haven't had the time to really ink them down.
The first, is probably going to be my technique of the month. The first one is used when defending from mount. If a frame at the person's hip combined with a shoulder walk failed to secure a low mount position, push upwards on the person's armpits to fend off attacks. To escape, push his armpits using your feet and roll over one shoulder.
The second technique of the month has to be an escape sequence for a standing overhook grab of the neck, in preparation of the Rnc. Hit your hip hard against the attackers and sweep him over. If he has one leg forward pushing on the lower back, the inner leg goes in between his own, and the whole body unwraps (look at his overhooked shoulder to escape).
Noticed that if I turn up the intensity just a tiny bit, I'm able to get more submissions and get where I want a lot more. What really surprised me was how Mitch refused to defend my double ankle twice, except for using force. Next time, I should remember to grab the lapel as he goes down for an easy mount.