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13 December 2018

13/12/2018 - Thursday daytime

Class #1090
Artemis BJJ (MYGYM Bristol), Can Sönmez, Bristol, UK - 13/12/2018

I played with some more Heather Raftery material tonight, specifically her follow ups from the quarter to dogfight transition when they overhook your arm. I was reminded by Chris of when I last taught a similar sequence a year or two ago, that time based on how Kenny Polmans taught it. Once he has driven them down, he does a big step with his leg behind theirs, that is definitely worth showing when I teach this next week.

11 December 2018

11/12/2018 - Tuesday daytime

Class #1089
Artemis BJJ (MYGYM Bristol), Can Sönmez, Bristol, UK - 11/12/2018

Really fun open mat, loved the rolls. Paulina's guard is getting tough to pass: I was able to do it, but took some work. Excited to see how she progresses over the next year!

Great roll with Adrienne too, I'm continuing to try the x-guard sweep, which seems to work well against her game. I also ran through the running escape series with her, which I think will fit in nicely with her escapes. She tested a bit against me, looking forward to her getting better at it so I receive a taste of my own medicine (and therefore get to refine it ;D).

In my roll with Matt, I had a go at the gi wrap kimura grip. Seems very effective: I especially like how it frees my arm, as that means I can pull up on his arm and trap it with my leg.

Teaching was enjoyable too, my first attempt at Heather Raftery's awesome quarter guard sequence that she taught at Heidelcamp this year. Looking at her video again, I need to work on my leg position. There is loads more from her sequence, so this should cover off pretty much the rest of December. :D

10 December 2018

10/12/2018 - Teaching | Half Guard | Overhook/whizzer counter sweep

Teaching #822
Artemis BJJ (MYGYM Bristol), Can Sönmez, Bristol, UK - 10/12/2018

BJJ Bristol Artemis Brazilian Jiu Jitsu - Half GuardThe back take is an excellent basic option. Establish your underhook, bump them with your arm and move to the back. However, if they manage to thread their arm through (in what's called a 'whizzer', though I think more accurately it is an overhook), the back take is no longer there.

As ever, you still have options: their whizzer/overhook doesn't stop you sweeping them. Indrek Reiland shows how you can still do the toe grab, or you can do a counter roll movement. With your free hand, push their knee outwards to disrupt their base: you can also underhook that leg if you prefer. Dive your body underneath them, putting your head into the gap between their arm and their leg.

Finally, bring your whizzered/overhooked elbow back towards their head, aiming to clamp your elbow to your side (as much as you can in that position). From here you should be able to roll them over fairly easily. If you need some additional help, try tweaking their leg out like you do with the toe grab sweep.

Teaching Notes: I thought this would follow on nicely from the back take. Checking BJJ Library again (which is where I saw the Gordo 'Plan B' option), there's a good vid from Xande where he shows a back take variation, sweep and overhook counter. I realised when checking through my blog posts when I taught this before that I have actually seen that exact sequence before, but I'd forgotten. Kenny taught it at one of the BJJ Globetrotters Camps, which I drew upon for a class a while back. This time, I thought I'd stick with the simpler option of just the back take and whizzer counter, given it's a fundamentals class.

I wouldn't normally teach the back take and a counter, but then I've already taught them a standard back take already. So, a variation doesn't seem like too much of an add-on. We drilled the back take in the warm up to further help with that. Video will be added later, when I've uploaded them all onto Instagram. As ever, there is a delay. ;)

10/12/2018 - Monday daytime

Class #1088
Artemis BJJ (The Exercise Club), Can Sönmez, Bristol, UK - 10/12/2018

Just Jenny today, so after running through what I was planning to teach tonight, I gave her a private lesson on a bunch of BJJ basics. Always fun to teach that, helps remind me of what's core to BJJ. E.g., things like take away space when on top and create it on the bottom, keeping elbows close, applying John Palmer's control point theory to various positions, etc. :D