Artemis BJJ (Longwell Green), Can Sönmez, Bristol, UK - 13/05/2014
Previously I've started out with the scissor sweep when I'm looking for basic attacks, but personally the sit-up sweep (also often know as the hip bump) has been my highest percentage sweep from closed guard. It also fits well with the discussion on posture from last week, because the reaction you'll get when you try to break somebody's posture is often that they will lean back. That's a perfect time to go for the sit-up sweep. Handily, it also makes for a classic offensive combination with the kimura and guillotine, which I could show in future lessons (though as this venue has a lot of MMA people, they are probably pretty familiar with the guillotine already).
For the sit-up sweep, open your guard, then come up on your elbow. Your other arm reaches over their opposite shoulder. Keep moving diagonally, progressing from basing on your elbow to your hand. Your second base point is your foot, on the opposite side to your basing hand. Use those two base points to stay close to your partner, bashing them with your basing leg side hip. Keep swivelling, reaching further with your shoulder-arm to grab their triceps. If they try to put that hand behind them, you can pull back with your triceps-hand.
You're essentially swivelling on the spot. This should cause them to fall off balance. Once you get your knee onto the mat, twist your upper body so that you're effectively doing a take down. Ideally, you'll end up directly into mount. Even if this doesn't work because they're resisting so much, you should be able to follow up with a kimura or guillotine.
Teaching Notes: I added in the extra drilling I had been planning from the open mat last week, although turn-out was low today, so perhaps not the best test. I trimmed down my demonstration, trying to keep it concise but useful. I also stopped them a number of times in sparring to point out details I noticed. E.g., finishing the triangle, as one of them was focusing too much on pulling the arm across rather than locking the triangle in. I'm not sure if that is too distracting, but I didn't want to wait until the end of the roll (firstly because I might well forget, and second I wanted to do it while the reason I stopped them was still fresh in their mind).
There still aren't many people wearing a gi at Longwell Green, which means I'm more limited in what I can teach, but on the other hand means I have to think about nogi applicable techniques. That's good for making me think harder and lesson planning, something I enjoy anyway. ;)