Artemis BJJ (PHNX Fitness), Open Mat, Bristol, UK - 06/12/2014
I did some more playing with open guard today, along with a bit of closed guard during sparring. As ever, I need to work more on angling off and getting that arm across. Driving my knee to pry out their elbow might help, when they're clamping in really tight and being super defensive. Also, lifting and dropping the hips, that 'creating and removing structures' principle Nic talked about in his DVD.
Trying the shoulder clamp a bit more could help too: it was useful a few lessons ago, switching side to side, and I can try throwing in omoplatas too. I'm considering what to teach over the next months, especially in terms of submissions. Armbars might be a good one, or I could run through triangles again. It depends what would fit best with the techniques I'm teaching. E.g., the best follow up to a scissor sweep, shoulder clamp and the like, ideally one that would fit with all of them. That might be the omoplata? I'll keep thinking.
Sparring with a fellow purple, I was trying that collar pushing grip, where again I need to remember to sit up. Pushing in with the knuckles of that grip was useful, but like he said, I need to be wary of potential wristlocks if I'm not careful. Same goes for the flying armbars Kev warned about.