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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

01 April 2020

01/04/2020 Zoom classes online from my living room

Class #1233
Artemis BJJ (my living room), Can Sönmez, Bristol, UK - 01/04/2020

A couple of weeks ago the govt changed their strategy and the UKBJJA advice therefore also changed. i therefore temporarily shut both of the Artemis BJJ locations in order to follow that guidance: I won't open them back up again until the UKBJJA advice tells me to.

Instead, I've been teaching classes online from my living room, as fortunately I have both mats and I live with somebody willing to let me demonstrate on them. Zoom has been pretty good so far as a method for teaching, both group classes and private classes. However, as my demo partner doesn't like to be seen in public vids, I have only been uploading the full vids to the private Artemis BJJ member groups.

Still, I was able to get some clips, along with some solo drilling footage. I'm not sure I'll put up many posts while we're in lockdown, we'll see. For today at least, I'll embed that footage that I can, which are clips from a private lesson, plus some drills. :D

13 March 2020

13/03/2020 - Friday daytime, coronavirus update & americana for Monday

Class #1232
Artemis BJJ (Easton Road), Can Sönmez, Bristol, UK - 13/03/2020

Like other local gyms, we're currently following the official UKBJJA guidance on the coronavirus (naturally we'll continue to review as the situation develops). I've also stuck a bunch of notices on the walls and changing rooms to further emphasise it. Full details on the website.

If you're my student, please make sure you read it, and WASH YOUR HANDS before and after entering the gym. Very important, people! This should go without saying, but washing your hands is 100% mandatory before stepping on the mats, you also need to wash them as you leave.

In terms of technique, prepping the americana. That little tip from Seymour about using it as a set-up for getting the arm on the leg-side of your head is very handy, so I'm planning to add that in too. Especially as I've just shown several armbar set ups off that, plus it fits with my favoured kimura from north south set up. :D

12 March 2020

12/03/2020 - Thursday daytime, pressing armbar from step over triangle

Class #1231
Artemis BJJ (Easton Road), Can Sönmez, Bristol, UK - 12/03/2020

Playing with a pressing armbar from the step over triangle today, which I wanted to try after seeing a guy on reddit post up a video. It's a position I have used for many years now, recently adding in several techniques to the sequence. Putting in a pressing armbar gives me another option, so that's cool: there's at least six submissions from there (triangle, americana, kimura, figure 4 against the leg, wristlock and straight armbar).