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11 November 2018

Priit Mihkelson UK Mini Camp 4, November 2018

Class #1072
Fighting Fit Stone, Priit Mihkelson, Stafford, UK - 10/11/2018

Posture inside the guard. Lean back, on toes, hands by the hip, slight back curve. Can open fairly easy from here, due to all that pressure on their ankles. Raise a knee, angle in, posting hand on arm. Other arm, elbow to knee. You can lean into them too, swan hands around triceps, hopping up to pass. Leaning forwards. Head towards mat.

With the squishy leaning forwards pass, head right on the mat, don't lift. Lead with your hip. Head post on the side you're NOT passing, use head to drag their head back (not your elbow, at least initially). Keep hips low, will eventually need to switch hips to maintain that pressure. Wriggle leg over shin to get past their leg.

Sequence is lean back one, then pin wrists. They free one, leg up on that side. Then into swan hands and pass.

Side control, basics. Then on Sunday, dealing with underhooks. This was cool, but it didn't take as much for me to make some kind of sense of it, I do similar things already in side control. The one I was waiting for came on the last day, back escapes. The focus was on the 'panda', where you're sat with your legs outstretched, leaning forwards. I've been trying this a lot in sparring, as part of the running escape > turtle > panda sequence.

In panda, lean way forward, grabbing their hooking feet to disconnect the hips, elbows inside. You can then do Saulo's classic scoop escape, but be careful if you still have the feet: stresses their knee. Or at least, I felt a twinge when my partner moved forwards quickly in that position, so I had to ask them to let go of my feet to do it.

You can also pull leg across and turn to step up. If they're close enough, you can reach back to grab their head after controlling their leg, then turn. Go to over under instead if their back is too straight to grab the head. Be careful of the triangle though, if you aren't turned.

With harness, get one leg off, underhook their leg and turn. Don't let them cross their feet over your arm. Can also grab head, turning your body to avoid chokes/armbar, twist and pull in their head, then turn to the top.

Priit had a two hour open mat to finish, so I took the opportunity to ask for pointers on that Priit sequence I've been playing with since last November. First thing from running escape, hide knee inside your leg, curled in. Turn your head down to the mat (I think? Odd, must be a reason). When turning to turtle, cover the near hook with arm, so you have a block if they try to sneak the near hook under. Walk legs away to create an angle before you turn turn to turtle.

İn turtle, turn head towards them, knees wide. When you want to move to panda, you can do as usual. You can also post your outside arm (they can't grab it, after all), or across with your arm, using that to get to butterfly. Something to play with until I can check with Priit again.

On an unrelated note, my awesome hosts were Jenny and Rich, whose beagles are adorable! :D

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