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17 January 2020

17/01/2020 - Friday daytime, exploring reverse de la Riva

Class #1220
Artemis BJJ (Easton Road), Can Sönmez, Bristol, UK - 17/01/2020

Playing with reverse de la Riva some more, as I want to teach a lot of it next week. My plan is the Lilo sequence, which I combine with a few other options, depending if there's time. Main question is what to trim, especially for the Monday beginners class.

16 January 2020

16/01/2020 - Thursday daytime, Grilled chicken/shell guard

Class #1219
Artemis BJJ (Easton Road), Can Sönmez, Bristol, UK - 16/01/2020

I've started to just post these daytime classes when I think they're have something interesting in the vid. So, might be more intermittent from now on, though I'm still doing them three times a week. Saying that, I have (hopefully!) at long last secured a regular drilling partner. That would mean I can finally get my plan of weekly drilling underway, maybe even upping it to three times a week. But we'll see. ;)

Anyway, today it was all about what Priit calls 'grilled chicken'. The other name a few others use, like Tom Barlow, is shell guard (or might be egg guard that Tom uses? Can't remember). Either way, shell guard feels more descriptive, though it's worth me mentioning grilled chicken too as Priit has (I assume due to BJJ Globetrotters reach and that DVD he did) done a good job of popularising that term too.

I want to build this into a coherent but concise class, this was my first major play with the material. Too much for one evening class in here, but possibly enough material for one or two evening sessions? I'll see. I could extend into next month a bit, as open guard is more important than closed guard anyway (in purely percentage terms, as you'll spend a lot more time in open guard than you will in closed).


03 January 2020

03/01/2020 - BJJ Globetrotter Camp | Winter Camp 2020 | Greg Wood, sneaky subs

Class #1209
Jugendhotel Wiederkehr, Greg Wood, Wagrain, Austria - 03/01/2020



Wristlock under broken scarf hold, grab their hand with non-elbow to ground arm. Push into your shoulder/chest crook, their knuckles down. Angle their elbow for wrist lock.

Subs. Grab head under side control, secure by your leg. Push their arm back and step over. Then, pull head while slowly pulling arm.

They move to pass, reach behind arm, can lock up d'arce. Fun class, and almost the last I saw of Greg for the rest of camp, as poor Greg fell ill with a nasty flu. Hence why this camp was begin referred to as Plague Camp: very fortunately for me, I managed to avoid it. My diet heavy in Nutella apparently worked. :P

03/01/2020 - BJJ Globetrotter Camp | Winter Camp 2020 | Charles Harriott, sweep theory

Class #1208
Jugendhotel Wiederkehr, Charles Harriott, Wagrain, Austria - 03/01/2020



Concept class. Move their limb, like pulling a foot back. Not sure I fully got it though, so I'm glad there's a full vid (embedded below) ;D.