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21 June 2019

21/06/2019 - Friday daytime, standing up to break closed guard

Class #1161
Artemis BJJ (Easton Road), Can Sönmez, Bristol, UK - 21/06/2019

This is what I'm going to teach on Monday, standard stuff. It would be interesting to think more about what happens when they do a sit up and stare at you after you stand: doesn't happen often, but it did earlier this week. Either you'll shake them open, or sometimes the other person will disengage and it would become a standing battle.

I guess if I was continuing that movement, I'd probably recommend going straight into an ankle pick or some other kind of takedown, but that's kinda outside the remit of closed guard. Still worth thinking about though, I'll be interested to see if it comes up in class.

Thought I'd also give Saulo's variations a go. He shows how you can open the guard from a squat, pushing back from that. That's handy, as it provides an inbetween option, along with standing and kneeling. If you grab both their hands and base through that, possibly more effective? I'll have to test this in sparring some time. I'm not sure how it will stand up to resistance, but something to attempt.

20 June 2019

20/06/2019 - Thursday daytime, deep half guard basics

Class #1160
Artemis BJJ (Easton Road), Can Sönmez, Bristol, UK - 20/06/2019

Thursday is my random lesson, as unlike Tuesday and Friday I'm not prepping for anything. Sometimes I'll pick a video that looked interesting and try that, today I decided to skip ahead in my current planned schedule to half guard month. I'm intending to do some more deep half, as I haven't taught that in a while. The entry from standard half into deep half tends to cause people trouble, but I thought I'd give that one an early go (as I'll be practising it again next month, as that's when I'll teach it in an evening class).

Main thing, when you reach under grab the far leg, not the one you'd intuitively think to grab. That seems to help with the motion. Grabbing the near leg feels natural, but apparently makes this technique tougher. Possibly makes sense for some deep half variations, I need to explore that more.

18 June 2019

18/06/2019 - Tuesday daytime, Sao Paulo pass

Class #1159
Artemis BJJ (Easton Road), Can Sönmez, Bristol, UK - 18/06/2019

I still haven't worked out this pass fully, but the Jason Scully set up from The Grappers Guide seems like the most effective (unless you're willing to be mean and crank the neck, which I'm not willing to do ;D).