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16 June 2017

16/06/2017 - Teaching | Open Guard | Collar Drag

Teaching #675
Artemis BJJ (MYGYM Bristol), Can Sönmez, Bristol, UK - 16/06/2017

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Tonight we went with a straightforward technique commonly known as a collar drag. Again, you can do this from several open guard positions (butterfly, for example), but this month we're looking at sitting guard. Start in your sitting guard, where you are basing behind with your arm. Generally, you want to make sure that arm is behind you, as if you've got it to the side, they can grab it and drive forward to pass.

However, there are exceptions to that rule, such as when you want to collar drag. In sitting guard, a good time to do this is when they try to pass around the outside of your raised knee, but it's also viable whenever they are moving forward. Use your basing arm to help you shift off to the side. Posting on your free arm, move your hips away. You are then going to pull your partner into the space you've just vacated, using their collar. Bring the elbow of your pulling arm to the mat.

Be careful of dragging them too hard and too far, or they can simply scamper round, putting you back to square one. After a successful collar drag, you will normally already have a leg close enough to hook inside their leg and start taking their back. That means it is easier to reach around to grasp their lat, then swing your leg over to begin establishing back control. Make sure you get a seat belt grip (one arm over the shoulder, the other under the armpit), or they may be able to simply shrug you off. It may turn into a sweep instead, depending how they land from the collar drag: keep control of their leg and drive, staying tight.

Teaching Notes: People weren't going for the Neil Owen side control option in drilling, which makes me wonder if I should just show the back take option? Is it too much to have back, turtle and side, show transitions separately, and therefore perhaps warrants multiple or a transitions class (like the standing from guard one?) Either way, people liked going to turtle, so I will do some turtle control drills in the warm up when teaching this next. Side ride etc. On pulling collar, I emphasised don't whack your partners face into floor: for that, we should work on forwards breakfall, again ask Federico/Marcus.

Also, they might fly past you if you pull too hard, worth mentioning. This fits nicely with the ankle pick, I like how it's all combined well this month. Doing those teaching vids helps, I'm glad I started doing that. :)

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