Artemis BJJ (PHNX Fitness), Can Sönmez, Bristol, UK - 28/05/2015
Last Thursday class tonight, before I move everything over to MYGYM Bristol. Although the PHNX facility is pretty good with a decent mat space, numbers have stayed low. As the much larger membership over at MYGYM have been asking for more classes, especially open mat time, it makes sense to consolidate there. That should also provide more scope for competition prep, as a few of the MYGYM crew have showed interest in competing. It would be cool to have a team of people there, hopefully with enough that we can get video of all the matches to analyse later. :)
Tonight I continued with the breadcutter choke, this time adding in some follow-up attacks. The far side armbar isn't one I've ever used myself, because it's a quick motion and if you mess it up, leaves lots of room. The idea is you scoop up the far arm, press your head into their stomach to provide some weight, then pop up into a crouch. Cut your knee around their arm, swivelling into position for the armbar.
The near side armbar potentially leaves space too, but feels a bit tighter. This time, you're doing it off that initial collar grip from the breadcutter choke. Pinch your elbow in tight and drive your knee nearest their legs into them, folding your leg behind their back like you would in technical mount. Bring your knee up and tight against their arm, swinging your other leg over their head. You can then lean back to finish, and/or lean towards their head to get your leg extended over them. That makes it tougher for them to escape, as opposed to the 'Japanese armbar' that gives them a chance to potentially turn.
I also threw in the north-south kimura, as that's the one I tend to go for. I'm not sure if it is the easiest one to get, but it feels that way to me, as well as being the most secure. However, that could just be because I use it quite often in sparring, so it might just be familiar rather than genuinely higher percentage than the armbars.