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26 February 2019

26/02/2019 - Tuesday daytime, leg drag

Class #1118
Artemis BJJ (MYGYM Bristol), Can Sönmez, Bristol, UK - 26/02/2019

I don't often use the leg drag and I haven't taught it for a while now. However, it is a popular pass, so I thought it was about time I taught it again. Like last time, the excellent videos Jason Scully has on The Grappler's Guide proved useful, along with the (also excellent) BJJ Library, where Saulo shows a slightly different version.

22 February 2019

22/02/2019 - Friday blue belt + class, knee cut pass and follow ups

Class #1117
Artemis BJJ (MYGYM Bristol), Can Sönmez, Bristol, UK - 22/02/2019

Today I went through those follow ups Donal taught me, which I have been calling the 'leg squish pass'. You wriggle your hips around their knee if they get it in the way, then sprawl on their legs like a frog. Focus your weight through your hips, pressing into the middle of their thigh. You can then move behind them, either waiting for them to move you, or replacing your hip pressure with your hand and moving behind.

I also got in some training myself, continuing my regular drilling (this time with Kirsty, as either she or Josh have been popping in to drill with me at least once a week). Most useful take away this time was on bringing the legs back in Priit's open guard if they get behind you. Your legs reach back, but your butt stays on the ground. That means they can't stack you on your neck, as you take the weight on your legs, not your neck/shoulders. Very important distinction, I will keep drilling that.

21 February 2019

21/02/2019 - Thursday daytime

Class #1116
Artemis BJJ (MYGYM Bristol), Can Sönmez, Bristol, UK - 21/02/2019

Just Rob today, so I did a private lesson on passing. I also had a chance to practice teaching what I wanted to show in the blue belt plus class, which is some knee cut/knee shield troubleshooting. That's all based on the awesome series of private lesson that Artemis BJJ co-founder taught me years ago, back before we set up the club.