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09 July 2018

09/07/2018 - BJJ Globetrotter Camp | Leuven 2018 | Triangle Mechanics (Jay Bell)

Class #1001
BJJ Globetrotter Camp (Sportoase Leuven), Jay Bell, Leuven, Belgium, 09/07/2018

The main difference to how Bell does his triangle is that he finishes straight on with a squeeze, rather than the swivel to the side I like to do (from Ryan Hall's method). Initialy set up is kicking the leg firmly into their shoulder/neck, extending to create some pressure. It's your thigh that hits in, then clamps down firmly. Lift your hips to prevent stacking and increase pressure even futher. Your other leg locks that in place, going over the shoulder to prevent any space.

To finish, pull down on their head as you lift the hips. You might need to rotate their head. Should that not succeed, there were a few follow-ups, like switching into an armbar and reverse triangles underneath the body.

09/07/2018 - BJJ Globetrotter Camp | Leuven 2018 | X Guard (Thibault Olivier)

Class #1000
BJJ Globetrotter Camp (Sportoase Leuven), Thibault Olivier, Leuven, Belgium, 09/07/2018

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After an overnight FlixBus from the UK, travelling under the sea in a train, I arrived at the promised land: Leuven 2018! It's fitting that my 1000th class of BJJ is at the Leuven BJJ Globetrotters Camp. They've been a massive part of my BJJ training since 2015, when I attended my first camp, which was also the first iteration of the Leuven Camp. That's grown to the biggest of all the BJJ Globetrotters Camps, a major event in the international BJJ calendar. I now build my whole year around the Leuven Camp, something I intend to attend annually.

It's also helped inspire me to try and set up my own mini-camps, so try and reduce that Post Camp Blues: I'm thinking April and October would tide me over, though my first 'test' camp is going to be August 25th and 26th. If anyone reading this is interested in popping down to Bristol for 8 hours of training with 6 black belts (including Seymour 'Meerkatsu' Yang), click here. ;D

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Olivier presented a useful overview of the main sweeps from x guard. He does it further apart than I'm used to, with one leg hooking right up by the hip, the other behind the knee. You can tip them backwards, push into their leg and technical stand. If you combine a push with a backwards tilt, you might get their foot off the floor, which you can then grab to drive and knock them over.

To pass, Olivier suggested pulling up on the arm, thrusting your hips forward. With your other hand, grab behind their knee, then do a quick rotate inside with your leg to remove their hook. That leg then immediately kicks back, so you can slide down and move into a pass.

07 July 2018

07/07/2018 - Kev Turtle attacks Class

Class #999
RGA Bucks, Kev Capel, Aylesbury, UK - 07/07/2018

The sequence begins from a standard roll over against turtle, where you pull them by the corner to move into the back. Right away from there, kimura grip an arm. Maintaining the grip on their wrist, you can then push down the other arm and trap it with your leg.

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To finish, there's the single arm choke. İf they bridge into you and clear your leg, swivel that cleared leg under (as they've given you space), establishing a crucifix on their arm. Switch your legs before you do (you already have a leg round their arm due to your previous technique of trapping their arm).

On the crucifix, you can single arm nogi choke with a squeeze, or go for a collar choke. İf they manage to dip down and roll backwards to escape, be ready to push their head into a reverse triangle. This will catch people unawares, as their arm is likely to still be stuck by your legs due to needing that base for the backward roll.

You can then either pull on their trapped arm and squeeze your legs to finish the choke, or focus on the other arm instead, going for a pressing armbar etc. After training, lots of great art in London, checking out the Courtauld Gallery for the first time. :D

05 July 2018

05/07/2018 - Thursday daytime

Teaching #790
Artemis BJJ (MYGYM Bristol), Can Sönmez, Bristol, UK - 05/07/2018

How to stop posturing up? Bent leg as opposed to extended leg. Tying up a boat metaphor. On fingers, remember to say grab them all, not just one.