It has been a while since we had Takedown Tuesday. We went over Osoto-Gari and I think the other was called Oshi-Gari. It involved grabbing around the waist and stepping in for the throw over the hip. I couldn’t find it on YouTube so I’m not sure I have named it correctly.
After some instruction they showed me the Tomoe-Nage to Arm Bar that I have in the videos. After throwing a guy a few time with the same throw he should get wise to it. This looks like you are going for the throw but instead you get the arm bar. Very sick!
Johnny “One Eye” Carlquist is a local black belt. He is named “One Eye” not because he only has one eye but as the story goes, his first time doing BJJ he was injured and his eye became swollen shut. He loved BJJ so much he was back the next chance with his swollen eye. That is true devotion.
I’ve meet Johnny once or twice. He is just as Pedro Sauer says:
“One eye skills are impressive, very smooth, efficient, technical. [. . .] on top of all this talent is the nicest person you ever going to know. I’m very proud of you my friend.”
It was very gratifying to watch this match of his. He does four things in this match that are very clear and easy to see (at least in my opinion).
The Tomoe-Nage I feel really embodies Jiu-Jitsu. BJJ should be nearly effortless, I think. A well executed technique uses physics in your favor with little expenditure of energy on your part. The dropping of your weight is one of the main forces at work in the Tomoe-Nage. It is combined with the twisting motion as you go down to position your opponent onto your leg. As the momentum continues with your guidance the throw feels very natural and powerful. I also felt a lot of control with it. I could throw into mount or into a arm bar. The Tomoe-Nage has become my favorite throw. As shown in the video above there are variations to it. Its versatile and I plan on adding it to my throw/takedown arsenal in all its many forms.
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.
There are some books that should just be standard in every BJJ practitioners library. They should be well known throughout the community. For example: Jiu-Jitsu University by Saulo Ribeiro. So how did I miss Guerrilla Jiu-Jitsu: Revolutionizing Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu by Dave Camarillo with Erich Krauss. The answer is simple. I judged the book by its cover. You know they tell you never to, but I did. It was named "Guerrilla" and had a bullet hole between the words "Jiu Jitsu". It didn’t say anything about all the super throws and takedowns in it. A friend of mine convinced me to look at it and I was astounded. Where Judo for Mixed Martial Arts: Advanced Throws, Takedowns, and Ground Fighting Techniques shows you no-gi throws and takedowns, Guerrilla Jiu-Jitsu shows you gi and more! Here was the book I had really been looking for. It even had the Ashi-Barai takedown that I had just learned and was looking for the name of. This is a Judo for BJJ book like no other. I went on to see all kinds of flying takedowns. So some would poo-poo this as just flash. I say what a great way to catch your opponent off balance. No one expects a flying attack. Get a partner, put in the repetitions, and catch them with their pants down. Judo has superior takedown and throwing technique while BJJ has superior ground fighting technique. Anyone who wants to excel in BJJ needs to have more then a ground game. Guerilla Jiu-Jitsu has excellent color photos and good descriptions with each technique. I am now looking into getting the DVD’s (which once again look silly) Position: Impossible "Guerrilla Jiu Jitsu". Please a guy in a gi with a pistol? Dave Camarillo has got the moves just not the marketing skills. In the mean while I have picked out a few throws to start practicing at class. My love of the Balloon Sweep should translate nicely into the Tomoe-Nage Armlock that Dave shows in his book. I’ll have to do a post on it after I prefect it.