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09 July 2017

09/07/2017 - Open Mat (Sunday)

Class #842
Artemis BJJ (MYGYM Bristol), Can Sönmez, Bristol, UK - 09/07/2017

Fun open mat today, with plenty of useful drilling. I tried out some postural tips inside closed guard, courtesy of Seymour, mainly squeezing your knees and thrusting your pelvis forward. I also tested out that knee shield pass from JJS. It kinda works, but I need to work out how to maintain position for turning my leg in. So, I'll have another look at that Tom DeBlass section again. Also, adding the kneebar, I have no real idea how to do that, so I'm sloppily leaping at it currently.

Sam is a big fan of the Barataplata, so we drilled that too. I like the look of it, due to two things: first, I already like the kimura and omoplata, second, it doesn't require any finger mashing gi grips.

I got in some good rolls with Kirsty and Matt too. With Matt, I was trying my frame thing as usual, attempting to stay active with my supporting arm, using a collar tie on the head to help direct them away. With Kirsty, I was looking for x-guard. I haven't played it much before, but it is apparently great for short legged people like us (Kirsty does it a lot, I've been asking her for tips). As ever, the full video is up on the Artemis BJJ Facebook page, at least of the drilling (I didn't get the sparring on video this time).

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