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31 October 2011

31/10/2011 - RGA Bucks Aylesbury

Class #428
RGA Bucks, (BJJ), Kev Capel, Aylesbury, UK - 31/10/2011

After the beginner class, we moved into the advanced, although things stayed fairly basic due to it being beginners apart from Howard and I. Kev started with some takedown drills, which is something he's always done (that black belt in judo certainly helps), before going into more detail on the uchi-mata. Normally, you swivel in, then kick back your leg into theirs to put them off-balance for the throw. Instead of completing the throw, Kev prefers to use that kick to get in close, then step towards their other leg, either grabbing the ankle or blocking their far knee to put them on their back.

Ground technique continued on from the previous lesson. You're in low mount, so from there you can finish them with an ezequiel choke. Control them by grapevining their legs, also grabbing under their head. Put your head next to theirs, both to help with control and block their view. You want to use the hand you have under their head to grab your other sleeve. The next step is the most difficult, as you need to somehow bring that hand past their face to the other side of their neck.

Generally, they're going to try and block that with their chin or their arm. So, ideally you don't want to give them any warning. Kev suggested shooting your hand straight through, immediately after you slightly raise your head. You can also try sliding your hand down over their face, though this is a bit more unpleasant for your partner. Finish by chopping your hand into their neck: the gi material you've dragged along with you should enable you to block the remaining artery for the choke.

Kev illustrated the grey area in the rules regarding touching their face by showing another confusing rule, about reaping the knee. As some people started asking about why that was illegal, we got onto an interesting tangent about heel hooks and how to escape them (basically, roll, but make sure you roll the right way, or you'll end up really messing up your knee. Hence why Kev doesn't want people to use them in sparring, as there is too much risk involved).

I was a bit wary of sparring because of my lingering injuries, so stuck to positional work from mount with a friendly white belt. He's only been training four weeks, so it mostly consisted of me offering advice on both maintaining mount and making space to escape when underneath. As I taught a class on the former last week, that was all still fresh in my mind, but even so I didn't manage to take the opportunity to shift into s-mount when on top. I've not used it much in sparring before, but it's something I want to try more often, as there seem to be loads of good attacks from there (some of which I'll be covering this Thursday).

Instead of free sparring, I stayed in instructor mode, helping out a different white belt. He was injured so couldn't spar, but we could still do some drilling. The main thing he wanted to work was escaping side control, which was perfect for me as that is my comfort zone for teaching BJJ. I'm not sure if he's reading, but basically the stuff I went through is all in my earlier write-up of my side control escape class, here

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