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30 July 2014

30/07/2014 - Teaching | Cross Grip Guard | Collar Drag

Teaching #172
Artemis BJJ (Bristol Sports Centre), Can Sönmez, Bristol, UK - 30/07/2014

After the women's class (which went really well: 10 women! :D), it was time build on the cross grip guard we did on Monday. It's a straightforward technique commonly known as a collar drag. Again, get to that cross-grip guard position, basing behind with your arm. Make sure that arm is behind you: if you've got it to the side, they can grab it and drive forward to pass.

However, there are exceptions to that rule, such as when you want to collar drag. You're going to use that basing arm to help you shift off to the side, away from your collar gripping arm and towards the open side. Posting on your free arm, shift your hips away. You are then going to pull your partner into the space you've just vacated, using their collar.

From here, you can immediately move to take their back. You will normally already have a leg close enough to hook inside their leg. That means that after you've dragged them, it is easier to reach around to grasp their lat, then swing your leg over to being establishing back control. Make sure you get a seat belt grip (one arm over the shoulder, the other under the armpit), or they may be able to simply shrug your off.

Teaching Notes: I'm continuing to start off by opening up the collar with the same side hand, then inserting the cross-grip. It makes sense, but it also confuses people because you're switching hands. It may be simpler next time to have the grip already in place, to avoid that confusion. I can always mention it during drilling if necessary.

This is the first time I've taught this particular class, so I am sure I'll be developing the lesson structure as I come to teach it again. Fortunately I won't have to wait all that long, as I will probably use it next month at Impact Gym. ;)

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