BJJ 90 min
Open mat at my brown belt friend’s house.
Did a lot of light rolling. My instructor kept going to the same takedown over and over again, which is a modified counter to a standing headlock where he just dominates the arm that would normally be headlocking, then does a sacrifice throw with the intent to roll you over on the ground and get right to the back. He pulled it off once, but I was stuffing it and getting to knee-on-belly, which I’m not particularly good at holding on him.
Gi technique was looking at kung fu/paper cutter choke set-up options from side control 1. If you’ve got their legs laced with your lower hand and they kick out hard, let them have it and dive into reverse kesa gatame and get heavy on their torso. From here, or even the previous position, lace your upper hand back over to their near side, then get a deep collar grip. This should give you good upper body control if you can stay heavy. Then lace your lower hand as high up towards their collar as you can. Stay heavy. Finish the choke by staying heavy as you cycle your hand back around their neck, twist your torso to flatten out and finish the choke, making sure your elbow is not on the mat. If it is, you’re not deep enough in the collar.
A pro MMA fighter from Bellator showed up a little later, and we switched to no-gi. I only did one roll with him since he’s training for a regional big-ticket grappling match at my instructor’s weight, but I was able to hang. He caught me in an armbar from guard, but I didn’t feel completely out-classed. I’m pretty sure he’s either a high level purple belt or low level brown in the gi from the school I’m thinking about switching to due to my new schedule.
My instructor is just as good at no-gi, and he murdered both of us pretty easily. I think we’ll be seeing more of this guy since my instructor is probably the best person in the area for this guy to train with leading up to the match.
No-gi technique was correcting my sloppy snap-down setup, where I was giving up the centerline way too easy and giving up control of my right arm. The key here is to lace the hand up the torso, not over the shoulder. Keep the elbow locked in on their chest. Set it up with a little forehead or torso shove so they drive back into you and give you some momentum.
We also took a quick look at my last bar rumble, specifically options to look at when you’re non-choking arm is being contested in a standing rear naked choke. To stay out of that situation, keep the non-choking arm hidden and go right to a gable grip with your elbow pointed down their back. A lower back push can help get it set up better too, and I didn’t do that in the scuffle.
If you manage to get in a struggle for that non-choking arm and they begin to turn in to you, turn with them. Walk forward, keeping the choke sunk in and head control. Walk them right out the door if you can. You’re almost turning it into a bulldog choke this way.
Need to practice this a bit more.
Great stuff I’m glad open mat is open for business again.