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This website is about Brazilian jiu jitsu (BJJ). I'm a brown belt who started in 2006, teaching and training at Artemis BJJ in Bristol, UK. All content ©2004-2016 Can Sönmez

13 March 2020

13/03/2020 - Friday daytime, coronavirus update & americana for Monday

Class #1232
Artemis BJJ (Easton Road), Can Sönmez, Bristol, UK - 13/03/2020

Like other local gyms, we're currently following the official UKBJJA guidance on the coronavirus (naturally we'll continue to review as the situation develops). I've also stuck a bunch of notices on the walls and changing rooms to further emphasise it. Full details on the website.

If you're my student, please make sure you read it, and WASH YOUR HANDS before and after entering the gym. Very important, people! This should go without saying, but washing your hands is 100% mandatory before stepping on the mats, you also need to wash them as you leave.



In terms of technique, prepping the americana. That little tip from Seymour about using it as a set-up for getting the arm on the leg-side of your head is very handy, so I'm planning to add that in too. Especially as I've just shown several armbar set ups off that, plus it fits with my favoured kimura from north south set up. :D


12 March 2020

12/03/2020 - Thursday daytime, pressing armbar from step over triangle

Class #1231
Artemis BJJ (Easton Road), Can Sönmez, Bristol, UK - 12/03/2020

Playing with a pressing armbar from the step over triangle today, which I wanted to try after seeing a guy on reddit post up a video. It's a position I have used for many years now, recently adding in several techniques to the sequence. Putting in a pressing armbar gives me another option, so that's cool: there's at least six submissions from there (triangle, americana, kimura, figure 4 against the leg, wristlock and straight armbar).

11 March 2020

11/03/2020 - Teaching | Side Control | Near side armbar

Teaching #946
Artemis BJJ (Easton Road), Can Sönmez, Bristol, UK - 11/03/2020



First you need to isolate their near arm. The old school method is to dig your knee inside and open it out towards their head, but people will often be wise to that and keep their elbow in too tight. The method I use is to grip their elbow, turn my hip to the mat, then scrape my hip bone along the mat. The idea is to scoop up their arm through a combination of driving presence from my hip (powered by your legs, walking up to their head) and lifting the elbow with my existing hand grip.

Stay tight, walk up high to their head, then turn your hip back down to trap the arm. Reach your arm through, then pull your elbow back to trap their forearm and wrist in your armpit. Your leg nearest their legs curls inwards, tight to their side. Bring your other leg over their head, making certain everything is tight: so, pull your heel in close to their skull, scooting your but forward as close to their shoulder as you can.



Your knee nearest their legs pops up, with your foot tucked underneath them (though if possible, you can bring that leg over to get a stronger position). To control from that position, squeeze everything in tight, so knees together and firm grip on their arm. From here, you may be able to lean back for the submission, if you have their arm properly configured under your armpit. If not, control the wrist and adjust into a more standard grip, drop back, pull down on the wrist and lift your hips.


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Teaching Notes: Popping you knee up is key, as always. Also getting your heel close to their skull and your bum in close to their shoulder. As with all armbars, people leaving space is invariably the big reason they have trouble with the technique.