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23 June 2016

23/06/2016 - BJJ Globetrotter Camp | Leuven 2016 | North South Choke (Robson Barbosa)

Class #736
BJJ Globetrotter Camp (Sportoase Leuven), Robson Barbosa, Leuven, Belgium, 23/06/2016

I remember Robson and Bruno's classes from last year as being rather acrobatic, but as this one was side control attacks, I was intrigued. That's my most comfortable position, therefore some acrobatics would (hopefully!) be less confusing. As it turned out, Robson did indeed manage to come up with something that looked cool and flashy, but fortunately I had seen something vaguely similar before.

He began by switching around to the other side, hooking their arm as you spin around. That leads into a way of moving into technical mount, bringing your knee in close to their head, stepping your other foot through. Another option is to move into a north south choke. Pin their arm with your hand, your other arm going under their head. Switch to north south, still pinning that arm. Your other hand then releases that hand, linking with your other hand to apply the choke as you slide your weight back.

I find this one is tough to get, as there seems to be a lot of finesse in getting your body in just the right spot to close off the choke. It is also difficult to demonstrate, because it's hard to see the pressure unless the instructor is transparent. As ever I struggled to get the position, but at least now I have a video I can refer back to. :)

Robson finished off with a helicopter armbar, a suitably flashy finale. Not something I'll be trying in sparring any time soon, but again, handy to have a video. It's fun to bring that one out if you want to show something impressive and have a small person handy to demonstrate it with. :D

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