Artemis BJJ (MYGYM Bristol), Open Mat, Bristol, UK - 03/01/2016
Good open mat session today, with a decent turnout considering the time of year and horrible weather. There were a couple of things I wanted to work, firstly from the Margarida DVD, then secondly some techniques from the next issue of Jiu Jitsu Style, which I'd be proof reading. The Margarida technique was a pass: it looks like the same pass that has all sorts of names, but most commonly the Tozi pass or Sao Paulo pass (looks a bit like what Oli shows here for JJS, but not quite the same). Margarida didn't give it a name: it's just 'Passing the Closed Guard Part Three' on his DVD. Anyway, this was the first time I'd seen it explained in a way that made sense to me.
Put your hands on their biceps (underhooking could work too), then walk your legs back, staying on your toes. Margarida does a quick look back to see which foot they have on top of their closed guard lock, then switches his hips, so that one leg is under and forwards, his other leg is on top and back. Grab their bottom leg with your hand and push it down. Step your back leg over the top of their feet. Normally they will release their lock as you apply pressure: if they keep them crossed, you can submit them, much like from the back. After opening the leg by stepping over, continue to turn, putting your in top half guard.
The best bit of the DVD comes during his explanation for escaping the kimura. I'd had heard of the legendary 'jiu jitsu is like tight jeans' moment, but I didn't realise it was this DVD. The great thing about it is that while it's entertaining, it is also a very memorable way to explain an important BJJ principle (unlike the classic Mario Sperry unintentional comedy moments on his even more old school DVD. Funny, but not something I can apply to my jiu jitsu):
Next I wanted to try some spider guard sweeps, with a lasso. It's quite simple: bring your lasso foot to hook under their opposite armpit, while still holding the lasso. Put your other foot on the floor. Now just kick them over in the direction of your lasso for the sweep, which you can also turn into an armbar. If they block this by putting their knee up on the side you want to sweep, you can do a more complex armbar. I couldn't quite remember the details. Regardless, if you want to see this in details with a bunch of variations and lots of pics, pick up issue #030 of Jiu Jitsu Style, here (once it's released). ;)
I got in some good rolls too, where I was mostly trying to attack from side control as ever. I also got to play with open guard passing, as Matt wanted to work on his open guard. I'm still relying too much on squishing, rather than being more technical, changing angles, that kind of thing. Fortunately for me, a number of Artemis BJJ students want to work on their open guard, like Chris (who is the most senior student). Plenty of opportunity for me to practice. But this month, the focus is closed guard, so I'll be playing with that Margarida pass, as well as shoulder clamp stuff again. Should be fun. :D