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16 January 2020

16/01/2020 - Thursday daytime, Grilled chicken/shell guard

Class #1219
Artemis BJJ (Easton Road), Can Sönmez, Bristol, UK - 16/01/2020

I've started to just post these daytime classes when I think they're have something interesting in the vid. So, might be more intermittent from now on, though I'm still doing them three times a week. Saying that, I have (hopefully!) at long last secured a regular drilling partner. That would mean I can finally get my plan of weekly drilling underway, maybe even upping it to three times a week. But we'll see. ;)

Anyway, today it was all about what Priit calls 'grilled chicken'. The other name a few others use, like Tom Barlow, is shell guard (or might be egg guard that Tom uses? Can't remember). Either way, shell guard feels more descriptive, though it's worth me mentioning grilled chicken too as Priit has (I assume due to BJJ Globetrotters reach and that DVD he did) done a good job of popularising that term too.

I want to build this into a coherent but concise class, this was my first major play with the material. Too much for one evening class in here, but possibly enough material for one or two evening sessions? I'll see. I could extend into next month a bit, as open guard is more important than closed guard anyway (in purely percentage terms, as you'll spend a lot more time in open guard than you will in closed).


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