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07 February 2017

07/02/2017 - Episode Seven of The Artemis BJJ Podcast | Open Mat (Tuesday)

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Artemis BJJ (MYGYM Bristol), Can Sönmez, Bristol, UK - -07/02/2017

Episode Seven of The Artemis BJJ Podcast is now up, here. This was a great interview I did with Carlos, Roger and Jean Machado a while back, which gave me a lot of ideas I would incorporate into my teaching (e.g., the review I do at the end of every class). We also chatted at length about the history of BJJ and the Machados specifically, such as the important role of their student Chuck Norris.

The Artemis #BJJ #Podcast is back, with @1carlosmachado1, @rogermachadobjj & @livethemachlife: Thanks to @fenomkimonos for setting up the original #interview I did for @bjjstyle, back in 2012. Carlos is the man responsible for the butterfly sweep I taught last week at #ArtemisBJJ, off his fantastic 'Unstoppable' DVD. Also, two upcoming seminars to mention. The first is on Sunday 19th March with #NeilOwen from @infinitymartialarts. That's followed by top female black belt #GretZoeller on the 9th April. Both are 12:00-15:00 @MYGYM_Bristol and only £20, everybody welcome! :) _____________________________________________ #brazilianjiujitsu #BrazilianJiuJitsuPodcast #Machado #MachadoBrothers #Machados #MachadoBJJ #RCJmachado #CarlosMachado #BJJpodcast #ArtemisBJJpodcast

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At open mat today, I went through a bunch of techniques with two of the newer students, as well as getting in some drilling myself with Matt. I'm continuing to play with those reverse de la Riva techniques, as I'm still attached to the idea of a knee shield type open guard option. With what I've been calling the tilt sweep, I think that will get blocked quite often, but the position lends itself to a switch into the butterfly sweep. Having that hook at the ready is useful generally, as long as I can get some kind of arm control and their body position is low.

The pull to back from reverse de la Riva, which is also a defence to the over under pass, can be tough on your fingers. I therefore tried out just pushing their head down, which works, but it feels sloppy and scrambly at the moment. The grips could potentially lead into a loop choke, though that's not a choke I go for all that much. Something I should perhaps try more, but as it's another grip heavy one, I don't want to rely on stuff that will continue to bash up my fingers.

I also had a good drill with Matt J in Paul's class on Wednesday, which I'll add in here as it fits (more reverse de la Riva). I was trying the reverse de la Riva tripod sweep, as I think that could be a good introduction for people to reverse de la Riva in general. There are a few different ways of doing it, with or without grabbing the leg, which also combine with attempts to block the knee cut, so I like that. I want to prepare an 'intro to de la Riva lesson', so I will test that out on Monday. Hopefully the knee cut block part is simple enough that I can throw in a tripod sweep follow up too.

A useful point to note from the way Lachlan Giles teaches it (he has a good vid up of RVDLR 101) is blocking their cross-face. If they cross face you, the reverse de la Riva is squashed. You therefore want to be ready to block their arm. If you can block their arm, then you can also grab the wrist/sleeve and stuff it under your leg. That blocks the knee cut, though it would make the tripod sweep a bit trickier, I guess? Depends if you could still somehow hook their knee from there. Recovering closed guard is another option Giles shows, lifting the hips up to grab the closed guard. That could be another handy follow-up, but I don't think it would fit in the sequence I've been showing this month.

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