Saturday, September 6, 2008

Today's Practice - 9.6.2008

Today was my first Saturday practice. I usually go on Monday's and Wednesday's, but since Monday was a holiday, I had to shift my 2nd class of the week to today. Which was great because Saturday's are 2 hour classes instead of the 1.5hr classes during the week. Since Saturday's classes are longer, the warm-up was a little longer than I'm used to, which I thought was nice though. I like making sure my muscles are warmed up beforehand and can get a better stretch in (which is another thing I'm trying to improve aside from my jiu-jitsu skills haha).

So on to techniques. Today we went over a takedown (leg hook, leg sweep, can't remember the proper terminology), escape from side control (same escape we went over on Wendesday, so was a great review), triangle escape (2 variations), and a scissor sweep from the guard.
  • Leg hook takedown - I'm really starting to like this one... So both you and your opponent are in a right-foot forward stance. You have a hold on his left lapel with your right hand, and your left hand is holding material at their right elbow. As you step forward diagonally with your left to the outside of their right foot, you're pulling back towards you and up with your right hand. This 1) brings their center line along your right side, and 2) makes them step foward with their left causing them to straddle your right leg. Then you'll bring your left foot next to your right and quickly hook your right ankle behind their left ankle. And as you're hooking it back, you're pushing forward. And remember to keep that left ankle hooked as to keep them from stepping backwards to regain balance. This will usually bring you into their half guard, but if you work it right, you can get side control (baseball slide onto their right side).
  • Side control escape - This one is going to be a little harder to explain, hence why there was no explanation for it in Wednesday's blog post haha I tried to find a video on youtube, but no luck there. I'll try my best with words... So they have side mount, coming over your right side; they're left arm is over your head with their left elbow backed into your left ear; they're right arm is on your right side with the hand posted at your right hip. So what you'll do is take your left arm and it'll lay between their hand and right shoulder onto their back (you can grab fabric if you want to, but not too much at first or you'll telegraph the move). Then you'll take right hand off of their hip (because this is where it was in the first place, right? ;-) and shove it underneath them, moving it along your right side until it is between your right hip and their right hand that is posted beside it. And all at once you'll oopa up and spin counter clockwise. If you do this correctly, you'll have a hold of their right arm with your right hand and can swing right into a triangle. If you don't get right into the triangle though, at least you'll have them in your full guard. Do that make any sense at all? haha
  • Triangle escape (1st variation) -So your opponent has you in an ol' classic triangle - your head and right arm. Put your right hand up into their left armpit and put your right elbow to the floor. Then reach up with your left hand and grab fabric on top of their right pant leg. While pulling back with your left hand, pulling back on your right elbow, push your chest out as if you're trying to push it through the triangle. This'll relieve pressure off your throat from the triangle. More than likely the person will try and reach with your right hand across their chest to grab that right hand out of their armpit to bring it across their chest to tighten it back up. Just as they reach (timing this just right) you'll move your left hand across their chest and up over their left shoulder grabbing fabric or the shoulder muscle there as leverage. While you'll pulling using that left arm you'll sort of "stack" them and pass around their right leg.
  • Triangle escape (2nd variation) - So you're back in the same triangle hold - your head and right arm. This time you'll take your right hand and put it on the right side of your face (careful when doing this though as they don't reach up and grab that hand spinning it clockwise (as you're looking at it) putting you into an armbar). Then you'll post your left hand on their right bicep, keeping it posted to the floor. Stand up on your left foot, then you're right, then replace your left hand on their right bicep with your left foot while rolling back and straighening your body. **the part where you posted your left hand on their right bicep was a pretentative measure to keep them from hooking your left leg when you stood up on your left foot there.
  • Scissor sweep from the guard - I found a video pretty easily with this one, so I'll just embed a video here, and then add some notes...

    My only thing to add is that when you complete the sweep and you have the mount position, do not come up nose to nose when them. Then trap your right arm that's still grabbing the collar and simply oopa up and use your momentum to roll you right back over. One thing Mel showed today was flowing two things together. He mentioned how from the bottom, always go for the neck first. This is where you reach up for the cross collar, then attempt the cross collar choke. But what if they jam up that left arm trying to get in the other lapel? This is what you just grab fabric on the right arm or cup the right elbow, then proceed with the scissor sweep. One thing my game lacks is flowing things together. And I'm sure this is something everybody who's just starting lacks. But I'm finally starting to move from the "just learning various techniques" to "blending one technique into another into another."
Working on the techniques went quite a while, so I only had a chance to roll once. I worked with Russ all day today, the techniques and rolling. He's a pretty aggressive guy, all the time. One of those guys who can be told to slow down, but just can't do it haha But overall it was a good, fun roll. And I'm happy to say that I was tapped 5 times! Yeah, I know, that may sound weird to some, but others will understand. Up until recently I've been one of those guys who tries to fight through everything, even when doing light rolls. I've recently come to the realization that I can be tapped multiple times, while not even tapping my opponent, and still learn things. And that's exactly what happened, I didn't even tap him. But I'm definitely learning to slow down and breath, and have patience. Wait for the opportunity instead of trying to force it. Or make them make a move, opening up something for me to take advantage of.

All in all, I'd definitely have to say that this was probably my best practice yet. I realized a lot of things today :-)


slideyfoot said...

Another video for the scissor sweep here - bit more in-depth, though still succinct. The Submissions 101 vid shows the basic technique but misses some important details (for example, pulling them up towards you once you have the shin in their stomach: that disrupts their base and makes them easier to sweep). Though I guess that's kind of the point of Sub101: quick vids.

I'd recommend Abhaya as probably the best first port-of-call for vids. Roy Dean is also really good: check him out on YouTube.

Aesopian also has some great stuff on that particular sweep, here.

Mike O. said...

I think I came across that video on youtube actually. I saw that after he gets the grips and his knee in, he gets up on his elbow. I haven't learned that, so I didn't link to that one. Is that something you were taught? He also came up nose to nose with the guy, and that was a point I was going to touch upon, about not doing that...anyways, you get my point lol I'm curious about the elbow part though. I'm going to try and remember that for tomorrow night and ask my instructor about it.

Thanks for those links, very much appreciated :)

slideyfoot said...

Interesting: yes, that is how I would do the sweep. You come up initially to then pull your partner onto you, which brings them up onto your knee and makes it more difficult for them to resist. Otherwise, they can settle back on their knees.

However, always best to go with your instructor on technique, rather than random vids on the net: I'm sure they have good reason for teaching it the way they do. ;)