Gracie Barra Bristol, (BJJ), Dónal Carmody, Bristol, UK - 22/01/2013
before I couldn't do most of the warm-up drills, except for the light grip fighting. I was hoping that I'd be ok as it was escaping side control, which shouldn't involve too much twisting of the legs.
However, Dónal took the angle of escaping side control by preventing them getting to that point, so essentially it was a lesson on guard retention. As soon as they move past the legs, frame on their arm and shoulder. Shrimp away and get onto your side. Next, bring your bottom shin across their stomach, creating some distance between you and them. Swing your other leg to the far side of their head, then turn your knee away. That should enable you to adjust your hips and recover guard.
If they are going low on the pass and hugging your legs, Dónal had another option for retaining your guard. I'm not sure I quite understood this fully, but the idea is fairly simple. They are wrapping your legs, staying low, but that means they don't have much control over your upper body. Sit up, then turn, putting your rear hand behind you for base. Your forward hand reaches across to their opposite leg, hooking underneath their thigh. This should stop their movement towards you. If they try to switch sides or step over to mount, lift, insert your butterfly hook and sweep them.
Like last week I wasn't sparring, so just did some drilling on the side control escape I was thinking of teaching on Thursday and Friday. That proved useful, as it highlighted a few areas where I think people might have trouble and therefore want solutions. Should be fun: I'll get to essentially do a 'test run' on the Thursday, meaning that the Friday version of the class should be more refined. ;)