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07 December 2018

07/12/2018 - Blue belt plus class (kneebars and toeholds versus knee shield)

Class #1087
Artemis BJJ (MYGYM Bristol), Can Sönmez, Bristol, UK - 07/12/2018

Progressing from what I showed yesterday, I think I had a better handle on the kneebar. It feels like the follow up where you can kneebar over their leg can often just turn into a standard kneebar. I imagine how familiar they are with the defence makes a big difference.

I could manage the toehold against kneeshield, following the excellent instruction from Chris Ulbricht on The Grapplers Guide. I was less certain when I found myself in other configurations, but the basic format should be roughly the same, you would have thought. Drilling it further with Chris and Matt, it seems that trying to secure their knee in your gut helps prevent them spin out, along with the trick I often try against Sam: trapping their free leg with my shin.

I'll continue playing with this, perhaps teach it on Sunday too, as it will probably be a different set of people. Either way, I should have a look at setups from a standard half guard too, though I guess it's a lot tougher to get the position without the foot being up there already due to a kneeshield.

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