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basic scissor sweep

Posted by forlogos on April 23, 2008

Here’s the technique we went over in BJJ Class 93. I’ve been doing this sweep for a while now, but have missed a few key details…

Nogi starts with Boarder in his closed guard.


Nogi sits up a little as he reaches for Boarder’s collar with his right and grabs by the elbow with his left. Nogi also begins to open his guard.


Nogi hipscapes backward and rotates a little to the side. He positions his left leg flat on the mat against Boarders leg. Nogi’s right knee is by Boarder’s chest, with his leg pressed against Boarder’s upper body. Note that Nogi hooks his right foot on Boarder’s body. Let’s call this part Step 3.


Nogi sits up, bringing his upper body closer to Boarder. This is the step I always forget. Against lighter guys, it doesn’t matter. Against heavier or more skilled guys, this is crucial to getting the sweep.


Keeping his arms tight, Nogi leans back thus bringing Boarder with him – this upsets Boarder’s base, and makes the rest of the sweep much easier to perform.

With Boarder off-base, Nogi does the rest of the sweep as usual. He pulls Boarder with his arms, scissors his legs together, kicking his right leg up and over.


Nogi lands on mount on top of Boarder and can use the grip he has on the collar to set-up a choke. Or whatever else…


Going back to step 3 – if Nogi doesn’t have space to put his left leg on the mat, as the case might be in the pic above…


…Nogi can put his foot on Boarder’s knee…(arms moved out of the way so you can see the foot/knee)


… and push down on it, sliding Boarder’s leg back and removing his base. This can also be combined with the little sit-up, so as to help with the sweep better (arms moved out of the way so you can see the foot/knee).

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shoulder injury prevention tip for throwing

Posted by forlogos on April 23, 2008

Here’s a pic of what I was trying to say in the post on BJJ Class 92.  I didn’t really look for it online but I took my own pix…

This is a throw with the arm/shoulder positioned poorly. The arm is too far away from the body and puts the shoulder at an increased risk of getting injured.


Here’s the same throw with the same grip on the collar. Much better on this pic since the arm is closer to the body, not out and to the side. The throw is easier to execute and much safer for the shoulder.

Since this type of throw has to be executed quickly, there’s always a chance that the arm will be positioned incorrectly – and “”RIIIIP!!” injured shoulder. So like the purple belt that pointed this out said, it just might be better to not to try throwing with this grip.

And I won’t.

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fancy single-leg takedown defense

Posted by forlogos on February 20, 2008

While browsing for BJJ videos today, I came across this awesome wrestling video:

Then I found this clearer video:

That’s a single-leg defense I haven’t seen before!!  Wonder how long before this move transitions over to BJJ…

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Weight placement

Posted by forlogos on August 30, 2007

Saw this in YouTube. Looks like a good thing to implement.

I use it sometimes, like when my opponent is in turtle and I spin around. Hope I can remember this when I roll again in January.

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Butterfly Guard to Armlock

Posted by forlogos on August 16, 2007

Ok, here’s the move learned in BJJ Class 89, the technique where I injured my shoulder trying to figure out escapes for. I’ve had these photos ready for several weeks now, but just looking at them pains me, so I haven’t been able to post this…


Nogi starts off with Boarder in his butterfly guard.


Nogi sits ups and grabs both of Boarder’s sleeves…


…and pulls boarder off-balance and down.


With Boarder still off-balance, Nogi hipscapes (shifts) to the left and underhooks Boarders right arm.


Hipscaping further, Nogi brings his knee up and uses it to put pressure on Boarders shoulder. Nogi is tighly gripping onto Boarders arm using his own hand, wrist, forearm, and elbow. At the same time, Nogi is also trapping Boarders hand on his shoulder by raising his head up (bringing his left ear towards his left shoulder) .


Here is a different angle of the same pic. Nogi’s knee and arm should really be pressing on Boarders shoulder and elbow. It is important that this is performed tightly, otherwise Boarder will escape easily. And even though everything is tight, Nogi will likely have to adjust his knee and elbow to make Boarder tap.


If the technique feels tight but isn’t making Boarder tap, Nogi can roll toward his right – thus modifying the pressure slightly, but making it even more difficult for Boarder.


Now, this is how it would likely happen during a roll…Boarder is in Nogi’s butterfly guard.


Nogi sits up and grabs Boarder, underhooking Boarder’s arm in the process.


Falling back and keeping the underhook in place, Nogi begins to hipscape out to his left.


Keeping his arm tight on the elbow and his head tight by the wrist, Nogi keeps hipscaping and puts his knee on Boarder’s shoulder.


With everything in place, Nogi adjusts his knee and elbow, and rotates inward to make Boarder tap.

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video experiment – armbar

Posted by forlogos on July 19, 2007

I played around yesterday and made my first clip of stop-motion animation. Damn, it’s hard work!!

I obviously need to make more frames to make the motion look smoother….but I now have more respect for claymation and other stop-motion artists.

Click on the pic to see the video…

Nogi armbars Boarder. He doesn’t get it right away, but after a minor adjustment, Nogi really cranks it.

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Open Guard Sweep to Knee on Belly

Posted by forlogos on June 25, 2007

Back from vacation. It was nice!! Five days enjoying the small towns of Rhode Island. There was sailing (haven’t sailed in 10 years or so), laying in the beach, home-made ice cream, a hike, local beers, and lots of seafood!!

Anyway, the post below I’ve had prepared for a few weeks now… figured it’s time I published it

This is the technique learned in BJJ Class 78.


Nogi is on open guard and is grabbing onto both of Boarder’s sleeves. His feet are on Boarder’s hips and he is controlling Boarder’s arms through his knees, by spreading them apart.


Making sure that his left leg controls Boarder’s right arm and is tight, Nogi repositions his right leg so that it is across Boarder’s body and hooks it with his foot.


Nogi then swivels (or hipscapes) to the right, lets go of his right hand grip on Boarders sleeve, and grabs onto Boarders pants.


Nogi then moves to put his left knee on the mat. This move alone puts Boarder off-balance, but is not enough to sufficiently roll him. Nogi must also pull up on Boarder’s leg in a sweeping motion, not just straight up. Boarder will roll completely and Nogi simply has to use the motion to help bring himself up…


…landing on top…


…where he can fix his grips and base to get knee on belly.


An alternative/variation for this sweep would be as a pass defense. Boarder is attempting to pass. The first thing Nogi must do is prevent this, so he pulls down on the leg and repositions his body so the the pass cannot be completed.


With the pass attempt somewhat neutralized, Nogi grabs on Boarder’s sleeve with his left, and repositions his right leg so that it is across Boarder’s body.


Just as before, Nogi readjusts his body to grab Boarder’s pant leg.


Nogi drives his left knee down to mat, putting Boarder off-balance, and pulls up (in a circular motion) on the pant leg to roll Boarder…


…and land with the knee on belly position.

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BJJ Class 84

Posted by forlogos on June 16, 2007

Another gi open mat class.

After a short individual warm-up I rolled with a white belt that’s been there longer than me. After rolling a bit I went for an armbar from mount, everything was in place and it was tight, but my back landed right on the wall with no space to fall back on, so we moved back to the center of the mat and reset positions. That was one near sub. He later put me in a clock choke, which I tapped to. A little bit later I managed to sub him with a clock choke. When we restarted, I pulled guard and he got on his feet to look for a pass. I saw an opening for an armbar, locked his opposite shoulder, and moved my other leg to hook over his head. As he was falling down to the mat, I was smiling happy as I do whenever I get the armbar from guard, but instead “BANG!!!!” his head landed on the edge of a treadmill that was tucked to the corner of the mat. Man, not really my fault, but I felt bad anyway. He ended up with a huge red bump near the top of his head. I’m glad it didn’t bleed and that he wasn’t seriously hurt. After resting and icing his head for a bit, we continued rolling after he said something like “I’m fine, I like getting hit.”

My next roll was with a huge white belt with whom I used to have a lot of trouble with. I still do, but not as much. Things were even until he got side control and we were there for the rest of the match. Afterwards, a blue belt practiced his leglocks on me, and he gave my some great tips for when you are under side control. I wish I had learned or been taught these sooner, as I still have problems being under side control. Here are the tips (some of them I knew already, but they were put together very nicely, and it’s always nice to get a reminder for something that isn’t done by instinct yet):

  • Keep your elbows in. Always. You can let your forearms out to defend, but your elbows should always be tight to your body
  • Don’t let your opponent get an arm behind your head. You can do this simply by keeping your head flat on the mat (forcing it down if needed) and shrugging your shoulders. If the arm gets behind your head, it will be more difficult to bridge to help you escape to a better position
  • Stay at an angle facing towards your opponent. Not flat on your back and not facing away. This reduces the weight (your opponent’s) that you have to bear, and makes setting up bridges and escapes easier
  • When you bridge up, bridge up very high on the shoulder that is closest to your opponent. This makes the bridge go up and toward your opponent, not just straight up
  • With the space created from the bridge, hipscape (shrimp) out and then back in to try to regain your guard.
  • If your leg is blocked when trying to compose guard, slide your nearest leg under your body so that you go belly down. You should stay low when doing this, or you will be easily rolled back into side control. Quickly go to turtle, and spread your arms out a bit like a “U.” This is so that in case your oppponent tries to take your back, you can catch their legs, and maybe single leg them down, or if they don’t, transition to either guard or stand-up or whatever

Drilling with the blue belt took a lot of time, so I rolled with only one person afterward. It was a long roll that we did, ten minutes or so. After the ten minutes, there was no one else to roll with so we rolled again for ten or fifteen minutes or so (well, felt like it). I scored an americana and an armbar, and he had two subs on me as well. In terms of points, I was prolly ahead (he thought I was) and I really got to practice my passing. We were pretty even and I really enjoy rolling with this guy. He rolls technically and it makes me be more technical as well. The roll ended when he got half-guard or side control and I was too tired to defend, and he got his third sub on me, an americana or straight arm lock, which ended our rolling.

After the rolling I watched my instructor roll with a purple belt. My instructor is really awesome to watch, he really has fun rolling. He won the Mundials (first place) twice in the past. Anyway, it’s pretty amazing how much there is to learn in terms of submission grappling. You can watch how, almost effortlessly, an older white belt will work on a newer white belt. Then, you can see how that white belt gets outdone by a blue belt, who can be beaten by a purple belt, who can be outdone by a brown belt, who can be outdone by a black belt. It’s really amazing how much more depth and learning there is to BJJ that no matter how good you think you are you can still improve your game many times over. And I’m really glad that BJJ schools haven’t become belt factories or McDojos.

Guard Passing. Felt like I did much better than in the past few weeks. Still have to smoothly transition controlling my opponents upper body from when I control their legs. Also have to figure out how to better control their posture when I am controlling their legs.

Guard offense. Sweeps were cool today. And I did almost get that armbar from guard. Otherwise, I didn’t spend much time in guard. Half-guard feels better today although I’m not really working on it.

Names. Remembered a good number of names, although I also forgot a good number of names.

Weight. I’ve managed to loose two pounds and keep them off for a few days. Hope this beer I’m having now doesn’t bring it back.

I’m going to try to make the monday night class a long one (attend two classes back to back) as I’m going on vacation with AG on wednesday.

Ooomph.

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Standing outside Open Guard to Arm Bar

Posted by forlogos on June 15, 2007

This is the technique that we re-drilled in BJJ Class 76.


Boarder starts off outside of Nogi’s open guard


Using speed, Boarder crosses over with his right foot…


… and immediately follows up with his left foot to quickly pass the guard…


…and settle into knee on belly


Nogi reacts by pushing off Boarder’s knee and hipscaping (shrimping) away


However, this action exposes Nogi. Boarder grabs Nogi’s arm near the elbow. Note: It is important that this grab be palm up, not palm down as the pic shows


Boarder steps over Nogi’s head with his left foot…


…and rotates and drops down to finish the armbar. It is better on this step for Boarder to drop down, as if on Nogi’s shoulder, rather than to drop backwards, which will make the armbar very loose and much easier for Nogi to escape. It is important to make sure that the armbar is in nice and tight by Boarders hips and knees


Squeezing his knees together, boarder finishes the armbar using his legs, hips and arms

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BJJ Class 82 and 83

Posted by forlogos on June 14, 2007

I went to these two gi open mat classes back-to back, which resulted in a marathon two and a half hours of non-stop rolling. And wow, I don’t think I’ve ever rolled that much non-stop before.

I can’t remember everyone I rolled with and what happened, so I’ll just go straight to my goals performance.

Guard offense. I remember being active in the guard, sitting up to pull my opponents down to break their posture, and fishing for kimuras. I didn’t get any kimuras and I should really work on setting these up so I can get them. A problem that I noticed that I’ve been doing is my sweep timing/direction when my guard has been opened and a pass attempt is near, I haven’t had much success in sweeping at a pass attempt. Also,my open guard needs a lot of work. It sucks, having my feet on their hips or doing spider guard.

Guard passing. Still not as successful as I have been recently, but I am now being more aware of staying close and tight. So I don’t feel so bad about not getting enough passes. I notice that when I have control over an opponents legs, I have trouble transitioning the control to their upper body, making settling into side control rather difficult.

Names. Bit better now. Realized that I remember unusual names better than common names. So names like Tom and Mike are harder to remembes only cause there are more of them, as opposed to Japanese names and other uncommon names.

Weight. I dunno. Even tho I had great work-outs this week, I completely ate through a container of chocolate wafer sticks. Yum!!

There was a group of noobs rolling for the first time today and the other guys were teaching them submissions and such. When I paired off with one, I decided to not teach any submissions, but rather teach something I wish I was taught when I was a noob (guess I’m not a noob anymore then?). I taught this guy about the concept of base/balance. So I showed how a sweep can be neutralized by adjusting your base, and how, no matter which position you are in, dominant or not, you are better off if you can break your opponent’s base. By example I showed him that when mounted, you can easily escape if you are able to remove your opponents base and do an upa escape. Showed him that the guy on top can post out or adjust his legs, and you really just have to take this ability away to roll them off succesfully. I just hope that I helped this guy out better by teaching him this concept rather than teaching him subs. Besides, it will take a while before he will submit anyone, but knowing how balance works can be used from day one.


I got two taps today. One from a blue belt with an Americana, and the other with an elbow lock, kinda like the pic above, only from side control and not from north-south. I don’t remember who I did this on.

I also tapped the girl a few times, but am not adding them to the count. I wonder if I should start a tap counter. I can use it to evaluate my progress. So when I reach, say 50 taps, I can look at what I’ve done and look at my goals and decide whether to change my goals or revise them.

Yeah, I think I’ll do that. Starting with these two classes. I’ll set up a page where I count my taps. After every 50 taps I get, I will review both my progression based on my goals and on the type of subs I get, and use that to evaluate and maybe even change my goals. Right now, I feel like I should change my goals a bit, as my guard offense goal, which is really a closed guard goal, is limiting me. I mean, yes it is helping me a lot, but at the same time it makes my guard game one-faceted, rather than multi-faceted. I mean, I don’t have an open guard game at all. So maybe, after 50 taps, I’ll change my goals to work on open guard. We’ll see…..

Anyway, after rolling, some of us were discussing the armbar and options. A lot of this post was discussed. What’s cool is that, and I didn’t realize this before, you can go from the armbar to the kimura (the reverse order of what I posted here). Cool right!! Also, I asked one of them how to do the arm slice/bicep squeeze from North-South, as I had tried it and couldn’t finish it while rolling and I just plain forgot how to do it. So here we go:


From this step, Boarder already has his grips to do the Kimura, but because Nogi is defending, Boarder cannot bring the arm out to finish the sub. So first, Boarder must reposition his left hand, the one that is around Nogi’s arm and is gripping his other wrist, so that he grabs his elbow instead.


Boarder steps across with his right leg. Before or as he does this, he should let go of his right hand grip on Nogi’s wrist, and grab his left elbow. All he has to do now is to sink his elbows down to the mat (adjusting his base as neccesary) to make Nogi tap to a crazy painful bicep squeeze. Ouch!

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