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31 May 2017

31/05/2017 - Teaching | Side Control | Stiff Arm Escape (Collar Tie)

Teaching #668
Artemis BJJ (MYGYM Bristol), Can Sönmez, Bristol, UK - 31/05/2017

Jeff Rockwell, who I trained with in Texas, has produced an excellent instructional, The Sit Up Escape System, published online through Artechoke Media. It fits in perfectly with the stiff arm material I've been practicing from open guard since 2013. Tonight we looked at the initial scenario for this escape, where they are just in the process of passing your legs. Set up your frames before they get fully around, arms up at right angles with your elbows in tight to your sides. One arm blocks the side of their neck, the other presses into the crook of their elbow. Make sure you are blocking with your forearm near the wrist, rather than your hand. A hand will bend, a forearm won't (unless you're sparring the Hulk, in which case you have bigger problems!). Fold your elbow-crook hand over the back of their arm, gripping their shoulder blade with your neck-hand.

Lever up their chin with your neck-arm to create some space. Sit-up into that space, quickly sliding your crook-arm to their collar bone, bringing your other elbow behind you for base. As soon as possible, sit up high, moving from your elbow to your hand. Your crook-arm should still be in the same configuration, almost at a right angle pressing into their collar bone. It's the same concept as with Ryan Hall's Defensive Guard, using your skeletal structure as a defensive barrier. Hook their leg with your foot, then pushing off your feet and basing hand, square back up to them and establish open guard.

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Teaching Notes: The toughest part is switching those hands across. It's worth pointing out that it is the arm on the side they would be passing, along with the configuration of the arm. A few people ended up grabbing the head in progressive resistance, moving to the side and the like. It might be worth teaching the basic option of pushing the back of the elbow, which combines with this one. Teaching them in a series could help to drive it home? Either way, it's one I want to get better at myself, so I should try teaching the full sequence next time side control month comes along.

This particular one should fit well with teaching sitting guard next month, if I get the chance to do much of that. I'll try teaching a session on that on Friday, to connect it up (assuming some of the same people show up on Friday? We'll see). So, emphasise you're using the arm to press, not grip.

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