Artemis BJJ (MYGYM Bristol), Open Mat, Bristol, UK - 26/01/2016
Today we thought a bit about chokes off passes. Gripping on the lower collar is risky, as that can leave the back open and also make it easy for them to sweep you. I think it can still work, but I've been dissuaded since that private lesson with Kev a while ago, where he pointed out the vulnerabilities in going for that gi tail choke from top half guard. I guess if you could make yourself really heavy on the side you're gripping? But meh, simpler to just go for a more stable choke, instead of trying to shore up one that puts you in an unstable position. I therefore suggested that a breadcutter off of an underhook pass might work better. With that, you already have the grip as you pass, without compromising base.
We went through knee cut counters again too, though seemed to have mostly forgotten the Saulo one in the ensuing few days. I still find the stiff arm option from Jeff Rockwell easier, but I should give that reverse de la Riva thing more of a go. Not really my game, but it's been popular for a while so worth knowing. :)