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02 October 2016

02/10/2016 - Open Mat | Rickson Side Control Escape (John Kim request)

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Artemis BJJ (MYGYM Bristol), Can Sönmez, Bristol, UK - 02/10/2016

Again, I can't remember what we did today, so I'll talk about what I can remember we did at an open mat this week. Mainly I write the training notes on this blog as a reference for me (e.g., notes I want to remember for the next time I teach something), but apparently other people do occasionally read it. I had an email from a chap called John Kim, who was asking about the Rickson write-up I did of a seminar a few years ago. He was having trouble visualising the side control escape, so asked if I could do a video.

As it was side control month anyway, that fitted well. Simon and I had a play with it at the Friday open mat last week, I also had a play with it during sparring. I had some success against newer people, but as you'd expect, not so much with the more experienced. It was handy having the reminder, as I'd forgotten about it until John's email. Here's the video:

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I am only a purple belt so would feel a bit silly putting up instructional videos at this point, but I'm happy to film my students drilling stuff. Any other requests, let me know. October is mount month, so I'm up for doing any mount stuff from my blog. ;)

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