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09 June 2017

09/06/2017 - Teaching | Open Guard | Framing & Standing Up (Aesopian's 'Forgotten Fundamental')

Teaching #672
Artemis BJJ (MYGYM Bristol), Can Sönmez, Bristol, UK - 09/06/2017

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Brazilian jiu jitsu is based on the ground. With the numerous complex methods for moving around on your back and bum, it is easy to forget that you still have the option of simply getting up. This is what Matt 'Aesopian' Kirtley calls the forgotten fundamental of BJJ. He has a great video on the topic, which I have wanted to incorporate into a lesson for a while. This is especially applicable to getting up from a sweep, an area I've noticed people often have trouble with. I therefore built a lesson off Aesopian's vid, going in a more conceptual direction than normal for my teaching.

I used lots of drills, as per that video at the top of this post. I introduced the class as what to do after you've swept somebody, beginning with the technical stand-up. Once you have that motion down, you can combine it with a frame against their shoulder off a collar tie. In other words, grab behind their head, while using that same arm to brace against their shoulder and prevent them driving you flat onto your back. Use the stable base that gives you to quickly technical stand up, staying low. As you will have driven through your collar tie for base, it is easy enough to use that momentum to push their head down. That exposes their back, so once you've moved your hips back, immediately move around behind, attacking the turtle or even taking their back if they aren't careful.

The technical stand up also applies directly to getting up from a sweep. When you've knocked them down, base your hand on their leg so they can't retrieve it (and therefore can't stand up), then technical stand up from there. If you're grabbing their trouser leg, you can yank their leg in the air as you stand, making it very hard for them to prevent your pass.

Teaching Notes: People often have trouble with the standing up part of a sweep, so after seeing that again at the tripod sweep class on Wednesday, I decided a whole class on just standing up would be useful. That made for a great few days, as I was so pleased with the idea that I felt happy the whole day. Carried through: had a good day in the office, great D&D session, even the election went well. No more Tories in Bristol, hooray! :D

Next time, I will emphasise the sprawl more, as that will mean I don't have to show it again after they've drilled. That can easily be included in the warm-up. The question is whether to do the standard option, where you base on your hands and sprawl back, or always do it as a partner drill. The latter is more realistic and easier on your wrists, but the former helps to isolate the movement. I will try going with just the partner drill version next time, maybe a continuous one where both people keep switching. It would be a good opportunity to practice the shot for the single leg too, if I can get Marcus or Federico to show that.

I can probably split out the stuff on standing up from a sweep, or just mention it in passing after we've done some sweeps. Or maybe before, so people can apply it when we get to the sweep lesson? Either way, this was fun, definitely enough for one or even two lessons in here.

Tonight also sadly marked Hamza's last lesson with us. That's the major downside of being in a university town, students are only there for a few years at most before leaving. Still the upsides of living in a university town more than make up for that transient element to the demographics, like the youth vote heavily contributing to Bristol's left wing clean sweep at the general election. :)

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