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02 July 2016

02/07/2016 - RGA Bucks | Open Guard | Countering the Double Underhooks Pass

Class #749
RGA Aylesbury, (BJJ), Kev Capel, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, UK - 02/07/2016

It was a flying visit today, as multiple family birthdays on both my partner and my own side meant I was rushing up and down the country. I was determined to get in a class at RGA Bucks either way, to make sure I'm touching base with Kev at least every couple of months on average. After July, I don't get back up to Bucks until at least September, so it would have been a long wait if I didn't make it for July (and it's my middle niece's birthday, as well as my father's). ;)

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The theme today was countering the double underhooks pass. As they come in for the double under pass, have your arms ready by your legs. Once their arm is in range and before they can lock their hands together (this is important, it will be a great deal harder to prevent the pass if they lock their hands), bringing your same side arm underneath theirs, locking your own hands together in a gable grip. That position should block the pass attempt, plus you can now move into submission attempts.

Keep pulling on their arm until you can bring it away from their body. Your top arm comes over the top of their arm and shoulder, to grab their wrist. With your other hand moving underneath, grab your own wrist. You can then do a reverse kimura. If they manage to straighten their arm when you do that, bring it to your head and clamp to your ear. A pressing armbar is waiting for you at this point. Kev likes to get the wrist flat on his neck, which he finds puts their elbow in the right spot. If their arm slips out of that too, grip their tricep and pull the arm across, moving into a triangle.

A more complex option arises if you can't get their arm away from their body in the first place. Bring your leg over the top of their bent arm, then triangle your legs to lock that in place. Switch your arms, grabbing your own leg. This puts on a bit of bicep slicer pressure, so be careful (especially if you're in a competition that doesn't allow bicep slicers for lower belt ranks). Turn, rolling them all the way over, unlocking your legs in order to avoid throwing their entire weight on top of your foot. Keep on turning, which will then apply a shoulder lock. This is a little like the rolling omoplata.

I had lots of good rolls as always, especially with Kev. I played with the stiff arm from open guard again, along with escapes. I couldn't get into position for knee cut counters, though speaking of those, Kev had a nice detail. When he grips around the back, he turns his palm outwards, which straightens the arm into the back and makes it tougher to collapse. I also tried what David Morecegao showed me about pushing the head away from open guard, though I think I still might not be doing that enough. I kept my other arm tucked back, like Dan Lewis showed at RGA Bucks some time ago (based on a David Onuma seminar). It felt like I wasn't as sore as normal after sparring, which is good if that means I'm using less force and being more flowy.

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