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21 January 2018

21/01/2018 - Teaching (NoGi) | Closed Guard | Leg Clamp Kimura/Wristlock

Teaching #746
Artemis BJJ (MYGYM Bristol), Can Sönmez, Bristol, UK - 21/01/2018

Short Version:
  • Swim your arms inside, pull knees in
  • Shrimp to the side, overhook, bringing your knee high to their head
  • Transfer arms to both grabbing your knee and pulling straight down to the mat
  • Grab their wrist and push up your leg
  • Alternatively, lean up to pin elbow and bend hand for wristlock

Full Version: I've taught the leg clamp before, but as I had a number of nogi classes to cover, I wanted to cover the sequence in more detail. For a simple entry, they have their hands on your hips. Swim your hands under their wrists from the outside in a prayer time motion to knock those hands from your hips. As soon as they are off your hips, pull in with your knees. During that breaking of their posture, immediately shrimp to the side, bringing your knee up high as you establish an overhook. Use that control to give you time to drive your knee right up past their shoulder blade and by their head, pushing down to the mat.

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With enough pressure, the overhook becomes redundant, meaning you can then grab your own knee with both of your hands instead. From this position, you have several attacks available. First, use your outside arm to grab their wrist and slide it up your leg for a kimura variation. Should that not work, you can try sitting up to pin their elbow against your body, so that you can then bend their hand back for a wristlock.

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Teaching Notes: Some people were lifting the arm up rather than sliding it up their leg, which is inefficient. On the wristlock, sitting up to trap with chest is handy. On basic position, a number of people were trying to pull their knee in towards them, rather than down to the mat. Useful to describe as attempting to squash the side of their face into the mat, makes it tough for them to recover. Still, the big problem with this is getting the entry right, which only gets harder as their posture in closed guard gets better. Something I'll be playing with for the next bunch of both nogi classes and over February in closed guard month.

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