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21 January 2018

21/01/2017 - Sunday Open Mat

Class #943
Artemis BJJ (MYGYM Bristol), Can Sönmez, Bristol, UK - 21/01/2017

Really good session today. Huge turnout for an open mat, to the extent that the mats were almost too small to fit everybody, even with the additional space created by the studio now being matted wall-to-wall. If this keeps up, I'll be able to move the open mat downstairs, perhaps the nogi class too. I think I will test it out initially, perhaps with just 30 minutes to an hour of open mat downstairs, with the final hour back upstairs. It is triple the cost to rent downstairs, so not a decision I'd take lightly, but there have been quite a few new sign ups recently. It makes sense to reinvest that back into the club. :D

As normal, some video below, which also shows the nogi class size. I'll write that up later, but it was fun to teach, particularly as Lisa's efforts have built up the attendance considerably (she taught two 'intro to nogi' classes while I was away in Portugal). I also got some rolling in at open mat with Kirsty, who continues to be an increasingly tough opponent. Eventually sunk that gi lapel choke from side control, which I'd been trying to sneak to her neck in various other positions. Her defence was tight, so it took quite a while to stealth past them.

18 January 2018

18/01/2017 - Thursday Open Mat

Class #942
Artemis BJJ (MYGYM Bristol), Can Sönmez, Bristol, UK - 18/01/2017

Smaller session today, which reminds me that it has now become comparatively unusual for a daytime open mat to have less than three people show up. Cool! Anyway, today I wanted to prep for tomorrow's class. I've been wanting to teach the bridge sweep sequence off that old Lost Secrets of the Half Guard DVD for a while, but they aren't sweeps I've ever used much myself. I therefore had a play with them at open mat, first drilling and trying to teach them to the two guys there, then some progressive resistance. I think that the sweeps on their own can work, but most likely against anybody good, their main use will be as an aid to recover guard and/or a method for making somebody on top move when they have you really flattened.

16 January 2018

16/01/2017 - Tuesday Open Mat

Class #941
Artemis BJJ (MYGYM Bristol), Can Sönmez, Bristol, UK - 16/01/2017

Nice big turnout, which also motivated me to start thinking about trying some more structured daytime classes. So far, it's always been open mat, but now there are quite a few people who either never or hardly ever make it to the evening classes. So, I think it makes sense to give a formal daytime class a go. I'll keep it short, as it is still quite possible people will only be able to show up to some of it (due to lunch breaks). My plan is 45 mins of teaching followed by 45 mins of open mat. It will also mean I can practice what I want to teach that week, ironing out any kinks before I come to teach later in the week (as well as the opportunity to recap what I've taught already that week, and/or previous weeks if there's time).

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