The Scoop on Monday Night Magic BJJ

The Scoop

One of the best books out there for the BJJ beginner or white belt is Jiu-Jitsu University by Saulo Ribeiro.  I learned the Scoop from Saulo’s book at home when I was first getting started.  It was easy for the more experienced belts to get my back then.  When I learned to Scoop they still tapped me out but I began to survive.  It was the first step in improving my game.  Chris and Justin demonstrate the Scoop in my video from last nights class.  We call it Monday Night Magic because Chris always comes with magic moves for us to learn.

Some of the finer points of the Scoop I want to point out are:

  1. Don’t slide down to far.  If you end up nearly flat on your back all your opponent has to do for a Arm Bar is swing a leg around.
  2. Keep the points you win.  What I mean by that is when you get that first leg off make sure you keep the same side elbow down.  Don’t let them get back ground they have lost.

Even for advanced students I think the Scoop is good to know.

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BJJ Guard Escape and Counters

Basic Guard Escape
Guard Escape Counter 1
Guard Escape Counter 2

In beginning class last night we went over the basic Guard Escape that is shown in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu: Theory and Technique (Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu series) on page 62.  I reference the book because it is a good starting off source for the new white belt that wants to get a handle on all the new techniques they are learning.

We then worked on some counters for that escape as shown in the other videos I have posted.  The second counter was new to me and it sparked some thought.  There are underlying physics to BJJ that seem to be at the edge of my conscience.  I struggle to define them and put them into a concept.  I think the guard escape counter 2 is a example of pry or multiplied force.   Mark also showed us how if some one straight arms your hip to keep you from coming around how that is easily counter buy tripod-ing up.  This changes the force of your body to down on the arm.  Chris then pointed out that if you stick your knee in you easily push the arm away.  I think this is also a physics principle.  Some thing of the effect that a force can only be applied in one direction.  What ever the case, if you are pushing the hip and another force, your opponents knee, pushes perpendicular to your arm the direction of your force is moved out of the line it is in.  Ok, this may be way to deep for a text discussion, especially for us visual learners. That is why I am having a hard time making it a solid thought in my head.  Maybe it is time to brush up on my physics.  Its been 16 years since my college 101 class.

Jiu-Jitsu is Life and Life is Jiu-Jitsu.

Half Guard and Cross Body Escapes

Escape from Half Guard
Escape from Side Control or Cross Body – Inner Arm
Escape from Side Control or Cross Body – Outer Arm

I got video of the beginner class last night.  Please excuse the shaky picture.  Its hard to hold my iPhone still after working out.  But at least this time I kept my thumb off the mic.  Mark, my instructor, went over a Half Guard escape and some Cross Body or Side Control escapes.  As you usual its easier for me to show then tell.  Also thanks to Miles for demonstrating with Mark.  Miles is going to the 2010 Pan Am this week.  We wish him good luck in the tournament and are glad to know West Side Jiu-Jitsu will be represented on the world stage.

Notes from the class:

  1. When trying to escape the Half Guard you may get a submission before escaping if you aren’t extra careful with your knee.  Mark, got a picture of me and placed it on Facebook just as Mile pulled his knee out and smashed me.  Its funny now but not so then. 🙂
  2. The trick to the Side Control or Cross Body escapes is getting your opponent up closer to your face and clearing your shoulder on the bump and twist.  "Once the shoulder is out so are you", like Mark says.

Jiu-Jitsu is Life and Life is Jiu-Jitsu.