5 Things I Learned At BJJ Tonight

  1. A bicep cutter exerts so much pressure it leaves blood blisters.  They look a lot like your shoulder after having a shotgun kick into it.  Because the pressure was on my bicep and forearm I have a matching set.
  2. My finger tips are toughing up.  Around my finger nails it used to be sore from gripping the gi after class.  Now I’ve developed calluses that have helped them toughen.  They are still a little sore after but not near as much after class.
  3. I’ve forgotten the guillotine escape from in guard.  I had both legs of a white belt named Ethan in class today.  I was getting ready to inch my way up to cross body or mount.  The next thing I knew he had me in a guillotine.  I was so surprised I let go of his legs and he put in his guard.  I got my arm over his should for the escape but couldn’t remember the rest from there.  Yes, I tapped.  I’m not proud of it but that’s what I get.  I know the technique I’m going to practice at home this week.
  4. My breathing technique has improved.  I’ve been focusing on getting more oxygen during periods of inactive during a roll.  It feels good to have more oxygen during a roll.  Breath in through the nose and out through the mouth, fill those lungs, and repeat.
  5. I’ve been coasting.  Its so easy to coast.  The next thing you know your lead shrinks and all the sudden you realize the pack is over taking you or is passing you.

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How to go from Spider Guard Sweep to a Bicep Cutter

One of my favorite sweeps is the Spider Guard Sweep.  You set it up by grabbing a sleeve and putting one leg in the bend of the that arm.  Then you put the other leg across the abdomen of your opponent with the knee out.  As shown here: Spider-Guard-Sweep-SetupThen using the leg that has the arm around it you push out ward.  At the same time you reach down and get the leg turning your opponent onto the leg across the abdomen.  Like this: Spider-Guard-SweepNow all you have to do is rock back and then forward and you come up in mount.  The trouble is some times they get past that leg on the abdomen.  You end up still controlling the arm but you feel open.  This is where you apply the bicep cutter.  Take a look at these two pictures:  Bicep-Cut-From-Spider-Guard   Bicep-Cutter-Back You will notice all I have done is pulled the arm in a little more and created a triangle with my legs.  Once you have done this all you need do is cut!  This is done by pushing the knee out or by reaching behind the with both of your hands and pulling down on the trapped arm.  What I really like about this technique is the guy  thinks he is past your guard.  It surprises them when you put the bite on them.  Once again, thanks to my Submission Master Grappling Dummy for taking all of the abuse.  It truly is a handy tool for working on your technique and trying things out.