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09 November 2017

09/11/2017 - Thursday Open Mat

Class #919
Artemis BJJ (MYGYM Bristol), Can Sönmez, Bristol, UK - 09/11/2017

Gah, didn't write any notes down again. Meh. So instead just to really confuse you, here's some footage of Matt J's Friday class. Not sure where else to put that, as I didn't really attend the class, I was mostly just wandering around taking video and stopping people crashing into each other. :P

08 November 2017

08/11/2017 - Teaching | Side Control | Maintenance (Hip to Hip)

Teaching #722
Artemis BJJ (MYGYM Bristol), Can Sönmez, Bristol, UK - 08/11/2017

Today, I wanted to emphasise mobility in side control as well as focused pressure, again drawing on John Palmer's excellent 'control point theory'. Although it can be tempting to just seize up in side control, you have to keep moving. Otherwise, you aren't reacting to your opponent and they're eventually going to escape. The old "it's better to bend than to break" cliche comes to mind.

That transitional, mobile element to side control can be seen in Saulo's hip-to-hip side control, which he shows on Jiu Jitsu Revolution. He keeps his hip stuck right by theirs throughout. The only time he lets off the pressure is if he gets something better, like strong control on the far arm. As they move, turn and put your other hip to theirs, following them around with your legs sprawled back. Your elbow is across, blocking their other hip: however, be careful of pinching that in too forcefully, as that may help them initiate an escape where they roll you over the top. Also, don't rest your elbow on the mat. Putting the elbow on the mat takes your weight off them, pinch it into their far hip instead.

Your weight should constantly be on them, because of that sprawl: don't touch the floor with your legs or knees. You can also reverse, which Saulo's brother Xande discusses in detail on his DVD set. Turn your hips in the other direction, so that you're now facing their legs. Control their far arm, also making sure to block their near hip to prevent their movement in that direction. As you turn, it's worth blocking their legs with your arms, as well as clamping your head to their hip.

My favourite way to practice this is using the 'no hands' maintenance drill, explained in the video:




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Teaching Notes: Not too much to add here as this class is about drills, but I would like to talk more about using your head next time. That's both in terms of gripping with your head when you don't have your arms, as well as posting on the forehead.

07 November 2017

07/11/2017 - Tuesday Open Mat

Class #918
Artemis BJJ (MYGYM Bristol), Can Sönmez, Bristol, UK - 07/11/2017

I totally can't remember what we did, and I'm not sure I recorded it either. Meh. Like I always say when this happens, I must get back into the habit of taking a few notes after open mat, all the recording has made me lazy. :P

EDIT: Ah good, I did record it. Embed below. :)