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16 October 2014

16/10/2014 - Teaching | Side Control | Escape to the Knees

Teaching #214
Artemis BJJ (PHNX Fitness), Can Sönmez, Bristol, UK - 16/10/2014

Classes at our second venue continues to grow! It's called PHNX Fitness and is over in Kingswood, down Two Mile Hill Road. I've got a map up on the Artemis BJJ website, with lots of pictures I took at open mat a couple of weeks ago. Check it out if you're in the area, Tuesdays and Thursdays 20:00-21:15. :)

In the class last Wednesday at Bristol Sports Centre, I went through the basic guard recovery. The logical next step is the second basic escape, from much the same position. The difference is that you turn to your knees rather than look for guard. Roy Dean is a useful reference point, so I'll be drawing on his method from Blue Belt Requirements as usual.

It begins in much the same way as the shrimp back to guard, again establishing that frame with your arms, knee into the side and bridging. I've got more extensive notes on that initial position in a previous write-up. Remember to keep in mind that they might try to attack the arm you have into their neck, and also to use your forearm to block the hip rather than your hand. There is an alternative side control frame that Saulo uses, where you block the cross-face with that arm instead, an equally valid approach.

After you bridge and shrimp this time, you're going to do something different with the arm you have into their neck. Rotate it under their armpit, then reach for their legs or around their back. Roy Dean then shifts out to the side, ending up crouched next to them (as in the picture).

From there, he reaches for the far knee and drives forward, moving to the top position. Another typical method leaves you square on, but I personally am not keen on that position as I find it is more awkward to crawl up into a strong base from there. However, again, it is a totally valid variation: experiment to see what works best for you.

Teaching Notes (well ok, this is more like marketing notes ;D): Yay, Thursday classes are growing! I look forward to seeing more of you on the mats. The advantage of the Kingswood venue is that the mats are bigger and the classes are longer. So, pop on down, especially if you're already paying the unlimited rate. More classes, more fun! ;)

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