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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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North-South armbar and some options

Posted by forlogos on May 26, 2007

Ok, here’s the technique I mentioned that we went over in BJJ Class 69, 70 or 71. We did this armbar and kimura a long time ago when I was a fresh noob. It’s nice to do these techniques again as you gain new insights everytime.


Boarder starts off on top of North-South. He keeps his weight on Nogi and uses his knees to help control Nogi’s head. He controls Nogi’s left arm with his right hand and grabs Nogi’s right arm with his left.


The pic shows how Boarder grabs Nogi’s arm. This is how the arm should be grabbed in the first photo above. He uses his whole arm to hook or grab the arm near its elbow. Also, Boarder secures the arm by gripping his own lapel or shoulder.


With the arm tight and secure, Boarder pulls up on the arm using his whole body, lifting Nogi’s left shoulder off the mat in the process. Let’s call this step B.


The same position, just showing a different angle of step B. When Boarder pulls up on the arm, he will step his left foot flat right next to Nogi’s back. This should be tight and the foot should be planted below the shoulder blades. Boarder should lean forward, pushing on his hips, moreso than the picture shows. He should also use his head to control the wrist/hand of Nogi. When this step is tight, Boarder can make Nogi tap simply by applying pressure on Nogi’s elbow by using his left leg and head on the arm.


Boarder starts the armbar movement by twisting/turning to the right. He repositions his right leg and plants it flat on the mat near Nogi’s head.


Different angle of the last pic. Boarder is spinning into the armbar. He has to keep his hips low and tight, or the armbar will be loose.


Boarder falls back into the armbar. As he pulls back, he also pushes up on his hips, squeezes his knees together, and pushes down on his legs.


Different angle of the same picture above.


Different angle of the same picture above. Boarders left leg stays on Nogi’s back. Armbar complete.


Let’s go back to step B. Suppose that Boarder wasn’t using his head to control Nogi’s wrist/hand….


…so Nogi is able to avoid the armbar by bending his arm.


Boarder see this and takes advantage of the change in situation. He quickly uses his right hand to grab Nogi’s left wrist.


Boarder then grabs his own wrist with his left hand.


To complete the Kimura, Boarder sits the right side of his hip down on the mat on or right next to Nogi.


With his hip down and base secure, Boarder then brings his right elbow down on the mat. By this time, Nogi should be tapping already. If not, boarder should just continue cranking the kimura until he gets the tap.


If Nogi is able to twist his arm out of the Kimura, Boarder will just need to slightly reposition his arms to go for the straight arm lock to get the tap.


Let’s say that from Plan B, Nogi is able to once again bend his arm but in addition he grabs his other hand and holds on, making the kimura difficult.


Boarder will first step back with his left leg so that he is on both knees again.


Boarder will then somehow step over with his other leg and base out on his right hip. I really don’t remember this step or how to finish it. I know that somewhere, Boarder has to put his elbow to the mat and pull or squeeze or something…However the process, Nogi will tap to a painful bicep squeeze.

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