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19 July 2019

19/07/2019 - Friday daytime, prepping for passes next week

Class #1167
Artemis BJJ (Easton Road), Can Sönmez, Bristol, UK - 19/07/2019

I ran through my usual half guard passing sequence. Useful for reminding me of a few details to emphasise on the twisting pass. First, your hip on the mat and in close. Second, knee into their hip and shift across to get them flat, I keep forgetting to mention that.

Also got in good rolls with Paulina again, it's fun playing with open guard combinations, plus fitting in that stuff from the dogfight we've been looking at a lot over the last couple of weeks. Naturally Paulina is a good 10kg lighter than me, so it's hard to know how much of an impact the size difference has (I suspect a fair bit), but either way, she's improved so much that she's a challenging roll now. I can't mess about, or she will pass. Excellent! :D

18 July 2019

18/07/2019 - Thursday daytime, more dogfight plus backwards roll sweep

Class #1166
Artemis BJJ (Easton Road), Can Sönmez, Bristol, UK - 18/07/2019

Still working on the dogfight position, I finished off some extras that I wanted to cover to deal with what if scenarios. For the main technique, I showed the backwards roll sweep, which I've often struggled to do, but this particular set up felt straightforward. If there's a size difference, much trickier, but with somebody close to my weight, it went fairly smoothly. Not a technique I'd use much in sparring, still fun to play with. :)

16 July 2019

16/07/2019 - Tuesday daytime, more dogfight follow-up techniques

Class #1165
Artemis BJJ (Easton Road), Can Sönmez, Bristol, UK - 16/07/2019

Continuing with those dogfight follow-ups, as I'm teaching them on Wednesday. The focus is the drive down and roll under sweep, I also mentioned that third option Lucas Leite shows on his video, when they post. Need to rewatch that vid though, not sure I did it right.

But yeah, more than enough material for Wednesday, especially as there are usually quite a few beginners. I had some great rolls with Paulina today too, useful to practice open guard some more. I was particularly finding it handy to move into the unstoppable sweep when she was trying to drive her knee through on top (made sure to show her what I did, and as she's an awesome student she immediately adjusted meaning I wasn't getting that later on :D), along with swivelling to dogfight and sweep when I was getting squished on the bottom during knee cuts.