Artemis BJJ (MYGYM Bristol), Can Sönmez, Bristol, UK - 06/12/2016
I've continued to play with the Saulo grip and trying to control their sleeve. The problem I'm having at the moment is that sleeve control. I keep mashing the joints of the finger next to my little finger on my left hand. Clearly I am doing something wrong wit the grip there: I could try just grabbing the wrist instead. It isn't as secure, but it shouldn't be as risky for my fingers. I'm more concerned with longevity than grip strength, so it needs to be something I can do long term, rather than a grip that will only last a few years as my fingers eventually give out.
A lot of my open guard is based around getting that collar grip. If I can't get it, I'm a bit stuck. To combat that I've been trying to stick my foot in their bicep, as that makes it harder for them to break the grip. I could perhaps try grabbing the belt or lower on the lapel too. I like the idea of koala guard, but so far haven't had too much success with it. I don't think I'm angling myself behind the knee properly, as they normally crush down. Knee shield is another option, especially Sam's variation. That could then lead into the collar grip.
I'm also going to butterfly guard or some kimura-heavy variant, though often rather sloppily. That's when they crush in low. Using more of Jeff Rockwell's concepts would help too, combined with the Ryan Hall Defensive Guard material I've been using for a couple of years now. I should rewatch that DVD set again, I haven't looked at the legs all that much (as when I initially bought it, that injury on my hip flexor had been flaring up).