Magic Monday is the advanced class at West Side Jiu-Jitsu. We always have a good time learning something new. It became known as "Magic Monday" for all the the sweet techniques Chris teaches. This week we went over two sweeps from De La Riva Guard. As you can see here I got some nice footage of the De La Riva to Tomoe-Nage sweep (Shown in Jiu-Jitsu University on page 169). You will notice that Blake gets into it so much he does a roll after the demonstration. That’s the spirit Blake!
What I like about this technique is it doesn’t feel like a over head sweep like the Tomoe-Nage is coming. With the left leg, in this case, wrapped around the opponents leg, it doesn’t feel like you could chuck them over you.
The other thing I like about it is it doesn’t let the opponent flail about. When you do a Balloon Sweep, sometimes people freak out and kick their legs about. This just hurts them when they strike something or fall funny. It also messes up my Balloon Sweep because I’m afraid they are going to hurt both of us. If I didn’t care about my training partner I could just send them sailing to . . . you get the idea.
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:
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.
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.
Everyone loves to see the Flying Triangle or the Flying Arm Bar. They are spectacular. But how often are they used and what percent of submission come from them? Lets face it, not many. The guy who wins the most matches in BJJ or MMA has good solid skills in the basics. The secret to high percentage submissions is simplicity. The more steps there are to a submission the longer it takes to set up and the more likely it will fail. If a submission takes 4 steps to work, it only needs one to go wrong and fail. A example of a high percentage sweep that comes to mind is the Hip Bump Sweep described in Jiu Jitsu University by Saulo Ribeiro. It is simple to master and very efficient in execution. If I were to give it a percentage I’d say 85% of the time I get it. In the submission category the first one that I think of is what I call The Giant Johnson. It is done from cross body. You are on top and you arms are over you opponent and below his arms. You simple reach under his arm and around his head and lock your hands together. You now have a blood choke on him with his own arm and yours on the other side. Simple and quick! That is where the high percentage techniques come from.
You know the old saying “Keep is simple stupid”. I can’t think of a better application for it then in Jiu Jitsu and MMA.