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06 June 2017

06/06/2017 - Open Mat (Tuesday)

Class #828
Artemis BJJ (MYGYM Bristol), Can Sönmez, Bristol, UK - 06/06/2017

I had a couple of rolls today, where I'm continuing to try my latest efforts with that sitting guard frame. Instead of grabbing the collar like I've been doing for the last few years, I'm trying a collar tie instead. That is much easier on my fingers and has the considerable plus of breaking their posture. However, it is also much shorter range, messed up if they stay upright.

I could try classic guard, but on reflection, I think it might be better to add that gi tail grab back in. That is easy to reach, then I can use that to pull them down. Either I'll then be able to get their head and continue on with head control, or if they stay out of reach, I can enter into de la Riva. That then goes into the various basic de la Riva pulling sweep options. Something to play with. I am looking forward to Dan Strauss' butterfly guard seminar too, I need more options from there. I basically just go for the sweep, along with pressing armbar/omoplata if I can get the shoulder clamp. Guillotines would be good to add, I have never got the hang of those properly.

Nevertheless, while I didn't get classic guard (too hard on my fingers), I did try Neil Owen's omoplata metod a few times. I kept missing it though. I'm not used to the turning away, so my control was poor. I need to drill that more, get it smoother. With Chris, more passing practice. I think he was taking it quite easy, I was trying head control once again, aiming for butterfly. I messed up on one, he jumped past easily as I over-committed. Should have pushed on his head, to regain my guard. I managed a half butterfly sweep, but need to be thinking more about angles generally. Grips that don't hurt fingers, I really want that: hopefully I'm getting closer to a solution. :D

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