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30 September 2015

30/09/2015 - Chelsea Bainbridge Donner Seminar on Sunday | Teaching | Side Control | Stiff Arm Escape (Collar Tie)

Teaching #397
Artemis BJJ (MYGYM Bristol), Can Sönmez, Bristol, UK - 30/09/2015

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Jeff Rockwell, who I trained with in Texas, has produced an excellent instructional, The Sit Up Escape System, published online through Artechoke Media. It fits in perfectly with the stiff arm material I've been practicing from open guard since 2013. Tonight we looked at the initial scenario for this escape, where they are just in the process of passing your legs. Set up your frames before they get fully around, arms up at right angles with your elbows in tight to your sides. One arm blocks the side of their neck, the other presses into the crook of their elbow. Make sure you are blocking with your forearm near the wrist, rather than your hand. A hand will bend, a forearm won't (unless you're sparring the Hulk, in which case you have bigger problems!). Fold your elbow-crook hand over the back of their arm, gripping their shoulder blade with your neck-hand.

Lever up their chin with your neck-arm to create some space. Sit-up into that space, quickly sliding your crook-arm to their collar bone, bringing your other elbow behind you for base. As soon as possible, sit up high, moving from your elbow to your hand. Your crook-arm should still be in the same configuration, almost at a right angle pressing into their collar bone. It's the same concept as with Ryan Hall's Defensive Guard, using your skeletal structure as a defensive barrier. Hook their leg with your foot, then pushing off your feet and basing hand, square back up to them and establish open guard.

Teaching Notes: As with last Friday, keeping elbows in and angle of arm. Another question is how best create the space and generate momentum? Do the options combine well, or is it better to separately do Rockwell's chin lift, the leg swing into bicep punch etc? Rockwell doesn't swing his legs in the basic video from his instructional, he literally just sits up. That was where people were having the most trouble today, especially the bigger guys. Possible that this is easier for smaller people, as they occupy less space, but I'm not going off a large sample on that. :)

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