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23 January 2020

23/01/2020 - Thursday daytime, wristlock from under scarf hold (from Greg Wood)

Class #1221
Artemis BJJ (Easton Road), Can Sönmez, Bristol, UK - 23/01/2020

Thursday is my mess around day, which this week meant I wanted to try another of Greg Wood's sneaky submissions that he taught at Winter Camp 2020. This time, I went for his wristlock under scarf hold.

Good rolls with Adrienne. Also helped me realise more details on the butterfly mount, specifically moving up to high mount from there. Thrust the hips forwards while blocking their head from moving up, readjusting your feet higher up on the body each time.

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).