Saturday, January 17, 2015

Training 2014/01/16 #004

Defense from lapel grab (etc.), same side

Position: standing; defense; face-to-opponent; [] grab

We reviewed the basic wrist grab to take down that we had done before. We then used that technique as a basis for exploring other options. For example, what do you do if someone grabs your lapel? The same thing. What about a one handed throat grab? The same thing. The approach is always:

  • Confirm the grip
  • Break balance
  • Position
  • Control
There are, however, a few caveats. Try to attack the forward foot with a mirrored stance (or gyaku hanmi). For example, if they grab your neck with their left foot forward, it's best to have your right foot forward (especially if you can get kazushi with the stance change). That said, ai hanmi will also work. The other issue is what to do with a two handed grab (to the throat, etc.). Attack one side, ideally the one with the leading foot.

The only other tip is to move decisively. You need to get some energy from your hips in this thing... although I can't think of any technique that *doesn't* require energy from the hips.

Rolling -- was a little bit unpleasant. I was up against people several belts my senior. I did, however, learn a few things. It's not over when you're triangled. Hide that arm, stack them and start working the pass. I spent close to a minute about 2 seconds from tapping out but was able to get through. I do, however, have a few things to work on. I'm complete balls at passing a good butterfly guard. I'll have to review technique. I also need better a better strategy for not getting toreadored from the initial take down. It's hard to work your closed guard when you can't actually get someone into that guard! Knee-on-belly defense is getting better but it still sucks. Oh well, stop learning, stop living.

UPDATE -- perhaps the luta livre calf slicer against butterfly could be an interesting approach. And I need to be aggressive on the take downs. It's perhaps worth a virtual training session looking at Roy Harris's "pull back" techniques.

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Friday, January 16, 2015

Training 2014/01/02 #003

Defense from wrist grab, same side

Position: standing; defense; face-to-opponent; wrist grab

So you're into the fisticuffs. What do you do if -- like me -- you suck at boxing. One approach is simply to cover your head with your hands and point your elbows directly out. It's a decent defensive position if someone is slugging.

There's a good chance that they are going to try to grab something, likely your same-side wrist. Now, grab their wrist with your opposite hand and rotate away from them with your back foot (i.e., 95-degree pivot). You can also break their balance by stepping out a bit with your front/leading foot.

Stretch them out. The motion is very much like ikajo osae. Your opponent will likely go down to their knees and you will have control of an arm. Move your inside foot forward to bring them down. Try to stay facing the same direction (i.e., don't drape over their back). Come down on your butt keeping control of their arm. They will be face down. Keep control of the arm and lean back over their body to get the submission.

UPDATE -- you need to have your elbow above theirs. You have to lock out that shoulder.

Hints: think of keeping their arm above the plane of their shoulder. Don't let them bend their arm because they might be able to roll you backward. The pressure of the lock is felt in the shoulder. But if you can't get it, go for the wrist.

Rolling: I played with a few things in sparring, mostly trying to get closed guard to work again. I realize that I need a better series of progressions from closed guard:
- They try put a forearm across your throat -- go for the back climb (or the armbar)
- They cross face and use shoulder pressure (maybe setting up the ezekial) -- go for an elevator sweep/thigh sweep
- They sit back to get posture and set up the pass -- go for the arm-lock and/or the flower sweep (or the guillotine)

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Wednesday, January 14, 2015

The forgotten library

I just like the image: