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This website is about Brazilian jiu jitsu (BJJ). I'm a brown belt who started in 2006, teaching and training at Artemis BJJ in Bristol, UK. All content ©2004-2016 Can Sönmez

17 May 2019

17/05/2019 - Friday daytime, more berimbolo drilling. Even though I hate berimbolos

Class #1147
Artemis BJJ (Easton Road), Can Sönmez, Bristol, UK - 17/05/2019

It was just Paulina today, but really good session, very fun rolling with her. She has improved so much: genuinely passed my guard twice, I wasn't taking it easy on her. Awesome! Nothing better than seeing your students get better, particularly small female students who have to overcome a lot (e.g., big white belts using too much strength, getting stuck defending all the time, technique often being negated by pure strength even when they're doing things right, that kind of thing).

That meant it became a private lesson. She wanted to continue working on berimbolos and lasso sweeps, so we kept that up. Sparring was super useful for me too, as I learned lots about my x guard and set ups. I was finding that if I was trying to grab a collar, always immediately shoot the other hand for the other collar if they block. They worked repeatedly. Once I can overhook the leg, x guard becomes much easier. Setting it up by pushing the far leg helps, disrupt their balance, then pull them back in once I've got the leg in place.

I was also using deep de la Riva x more to go for that same x guard sweep. It was a feature of the session, because Alvin (Mikal's student) had recommended a deep de la Riva x set up yesterday for the berimbolo. Useful stuff.

16 May 2019

15/05/2019 - Thursday daytime, berimbolo and special visit from Aces Jiu Jitsu Club founder Mikal Abdullah

Class #1147
Artemis BJJ (Easton Road), Can Sönmez, Bristol, UK - 16/05/2019



Head to hip on the berimbolo, a tip I almost forgot about from Andris on the Grapplers Guide. Also, like Mikal's student Alvin showed, you can get to the same position from the basic x guard sweep where you tilt them back (though he might have done it from deep de la Riva x, which would be a slightly different leg position, I think?). Grabbing the hip is also fine, rather than grabbing the leg.

It was really cool to have Mikal there. I first met Mikal on my 2012 Texas trip, my first ever visit to the US. That was an incredible trip, which brought home to me how amazing the jiu jitsu community can be, plus it had a huge impact on my jiu jitsu (particularly John Palmer and his control point theory). When I next visited in 2014, the year both of us started our own BJJ clubs. We've each come a long way since then, especially Mikal. He's grown Aces Jiu Jitsu Club to very impressive numbers. To have over 1000 members in that short a time is incredible: I was already amazed by his entrepreneurial skills, even more so now. 😎

15 May 2019

15/05/2019 - Teaching | Women's Class | Scarf hold escapes

Teaching #863
Artemis BJJ (Easton Road), Can Sönmez, Bristol, UK - 15/05/2019

I thought it would be a good opportunity to run through scarf hold escapes in the women's class tonight. Good decision, as I'd forgotten I was covering the Friday class, for which this ended up being a useful practice. The bridging escape remains tough, so it's not one I ever use, but I will keep showing it as it's useful. For me, the shrimp and knee in is much higher percentage, particularly coupled with a solid frame.

In terms of notes, bridge into them, then walk behind and under, attempting to bridge back in the same motion. That's very tricky. The other escapes are much easier, you can go straight into attacks from there too.