You Win Some and You Lose Some

BJJ practice went well tonight.  We broke up into whites and blues.  The whites went over the blue belt test and the blues went over the purple belt test.  We are a Pedro Sauer’s affiliated school.  I was surprised that I knew the six techniques we went over as well as I did.  We went over:

  1. Double Ankle Grab Sweep (BJJ T&T pg. 74)
  2. Both Hands on Ankle Sweep to Armlock (BJJ T&T pg. 78)
  3. Push Sweep From Scissors (BJJ T&T pg. 80)
  4. Handstand Sweep (BJJ T&T pg. 144)
  5. Arm Inside Sweep (BJJ T&T pg. 160)
  6. Arm Inside Sweep to Arm Bar (BJJ T&T pg. 162)

These are all in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu: Theory and Technique (Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu series) by Renzo and Royler Gracie.  I have documented the page numbers in the book next to each technique.  I highly recommend the book.  It has most of the basic techniques you will need to get a blue or purple belt.

After that we did some training from the guard.  The object was for the guy on the bottom to get a sweep and the guy on top to get the pass.  I tried out a number of sweeps and managed to kept from getting passed.  It felt great to get may favorite Spider Guard Sweep.

We then did our usual rolling session to close out the class.  I made some mistakes.  First of all I let a guillotine get away from me only to have it reversed onto me.  Inside my head my mind was screaming for me to throw my arm over his should for the escape but my body just wouldn’t respond.  I think I was to preoccupied with the coke.  The next roll was with one of your blues who should be going purple soon.  I held my own for a good while and escaped one arm bar before succumbing to a second.  I had him in a leg bind at one point and was thinking of a Machado leg bar I had been reading about but wasn’t able to pull it off.  All in all it was a good night.  I won some and I lost some.

How To Get Underhooks from Guard

The same night I hurt my thigh I learned a sweet technique from one of our purple belts named Chris.  Now I’m not the best at describing techniques but here it goes.

You have your opponent in Guard.  You opponent is laying on you with underhooks.  You want to get underhooks on him. I place my palms in his eye sockets.  I push him back and quickly with my right arm loop or swim around his arm and place a fist between our chests.  I draw back in my left arm.  The fist gives some space to turn my left elbow into the space created by the fist and place it between us.  Then I can swivel my left arm and get the first underhook.  Now I release my hold with my right arm and swim in for the second underhook.   I have reversed the underhook.  Its all about createing and maintaining space so that you can maneuver your arms.

I’m going to get a tripod so I can mount my iPhone or Flip UltraHD Camcorder and start creating videos of these with my Submission Master Grappling Dummy.  I’m a visual person and don’t do as well with text descriptions.

Stopping The In Guard Stall Of Laying On The Chest.

I have noticed that sometimes when people are tired and in guard they will stall by laying on the chest of their opponent.  I’ve had this happen a few times.  They hug your chest and don’t give you much to work with.  A friend who was doing it to me, he weighs 65lbs. more then me, gave me a technique to help pry them off or reposition them.  Placing the palms of your hand in there eye sockets is legal in competition.  You push their head back with your palms in the eyes.  This exposes the throat to put a forearm in.  I was surprised at how easy this technique is to execute and how effective.  You can pry the largest opponent off your chest.  Now if you were in a street fight you wouldn’t use your palms but you get the idea.  I found that my opponents resisted as I pushed them up.  This worked to my advantage.  As they realized they couldn’t resist any longer they decided to posture up.  This left a few key seconds where they left themselves open.  I could change to a spider sweep, scissor sweep, or another technique that required some set up with a leg across the belly.  I think after I have used this a few times the opening I’m seeing will vanish.  But for now it seems to surprise my opponents and they pause between deciding to continue fighting to stay down or posture up.

I would like to hear from anyone else who tries this technique.