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22 September 2015

22/09/2015 - Open Mat | 1st Day Session

Class #665
Artemis BJJ (MYGYM Bristol), Open Mat, Bristol, UK - 22/09/2015

A number of people have been asking for a day session over the last few months. I'm now working from home one day a week, enabling me to take a long lunchbreak to fit in training. The daytime classes therefore start this Tuesday from 13:00-14:00. I'm going to just run it as open mat, because that way people can drop in and out during their own lunchbreak at work (especially as quite a few students work close to the gym). There are also a few people who can stay the whole session, as they either work from home or on shift patterns that accommodate it.

It worked out well for a new person trying out Artemis BJJ, as I could run through some basics with him. I first showed him what side control looks like on top and on the bottom, then ran through the basics of shrimping and bridging. I'm not always certain how much is too much information for somebody brand new, but he picked things up well. It also meant I could set him going with those drills to practice, while I went and helped out some of the other people at the open mount.

As ever, I did some more work on Rockwell sit-up escape. I think the main difficulty I'm having is getting to the side with enough space to turn. Does that mean I need to make better use of my outside foot, to get the angle I need? Or perhaps I'm focusing on the wrong thing and it's more about the power of my bridge? It could also be that I need to shove them more towards my legs. Regardless, I need a good escape to combine with that too. I've been trying to put in the elbow push, though that too isn't an easy one to get. Something to keep on practicing over this month, before we move into mount in October.

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