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
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.

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.

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.


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

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.