Monday, April 26, 2010

Quick notes on basic choke from guard, Kimura from guard, omoplata, etc.

The hand:

1.  Open the collars comfortable enough for you to attack.
2.  Use opposite arm to enter the collar.  The other arm should keep the collar straight. 
3.  The blade of your hand--from your wrist to the tip of your thumb-- should snugly slide through your op's neck to his nape.  Use the rest of the fingers to grab the collar.
4.  Ditto with the other hand.  As a beginner, I prefer passing my free arm under my attacking hand. 
5.  Sim: Turn your wrists in a counter clockwise manner + forcing your arms down, bringing op's head with it + Lift yourself up.
Do Not bend your wrists.
Easier doing it than writing all the steps as far as English language could describe

The legs:
1.  Close guard

 Kimura from guard:

1.  If op's hand is planted on stomach, use opposite hand to push hand on the side and use free hand to circular sweep op's hand to the mat.  I'm not sure though if I should turn it clockwise or counter clockwise.  I remembered I did clockwise, but I tested again tonight and CC appears better because once the op's hand is planted on the ground, my hand is already holding his wrist.  I may ask next meeting.

2.  Use closed guard to push down op's body while you assume the kimura position.

3.  Lift your op's locked hand to his ear until he taps.

4.  Beginners use closed guard, some heel a foot but instructor warned us that this is dangerous, or a happy medium would be shrimping perp to op's body while placing a leg on top of the op's back.


1.  From a triangle, the op defends with his arm wrapped around a leg.
2.  Shrimp, grab a leg.
3.  Straighten your legs so it can crash into the mat with your op's body with it. 

Passing an open guard:

1.  Ideally, grab the pant leg by the side of the kneecaps.
2.  Either push them down and pass; or
3.  Crash a leg on the mat and pass.
4.  If you chose No.2, turn your body facing your op's legs, and then to your opponent.

Notable achievements:

1.  I performed a basic pass effectively I think on two or more incidents. 
2.  I performed a near perfect kesa gatame.  My arm grabbing arm was too loose I got my op away.
3.  Kesstring's guillotine counter was effective to relieve the pain but due to lack of space I failed to make my op submit.

Notable failures:

1.  At kesa, my op straightened his arms to relieve my hold.  I should have performed an armbar or kimura americana.  Stupid of me.
2.  I kept eating weird sweeps.
3.  In BJJ, never ever grab a gi by the op's back.  You'd risk a takedown.  You can do that in Judo.
4.  I need to improve my mount defense esp on heavier opponents. 

Chokes from Mount, top game

1. From mount, flip a collar and slide your opposite hand deep until it reaches your op's nape.
2. Place elbow on sternum.
3. Use free hand to make an arc on the mat, above the op's head.
4. Grab the fabric close to op's neck. The pinky should touch the neck.
5. Sim: Twist other hand and pull the other into a V direction + place your weight on your hold or op's chest.
6. For greater effect, hook your op's legs when you drop your weight down.

Var. 2

1. If op blocks No. 1 move with his hand, make an N mount.  Just raise the leg nearest to your attacking arm and place entire foot on the mat.
2. Turn your op's body sideways.
3. Wrap your free hand around op's neck and reach for the collar you've been holding in No. 1.
4. Your op's defending arm has an opening.  Use the other hand to enter that opening.  Straighten your arm.
5. Pass your straightened arm on the side of your op's neck.  Tighten the choke with the other hand.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Basic triangle, armbar from mount, half guard sweep

Basic triangle:

1.  Grab wrist and elbow to preferred arm. 
2.  Lift hip to pull arm closer.
3.  Place leg nearest to op's arm at his hip. 
4.  Sim lift hip and place free leg behind op's neck and shoulders.
5.  Shrimp to achieve perpendicular position.
6.  Set up triangle position.
7.  Pull down op's free arm or push his head down.
8.  If op stacks you, move away again and again.
9.  Forgot the rest...

Armbar from mount:

1.  Assume a tight mount pos.
2.  Clasp hands on op's head to move to high mount.  Elbows on the mat.
3.  If op is on a cross arm defense, slide hand toward bicep of opposite arm.  Your hand should slide UNDER the forearm NOT OVER it or you will lose the grip. 
4.  Make an S mount.  I still could not perform this perfectly.  Move the S first before placing the other leg perp on op's head.  P's advice: Shift weight diagonally on other leg while making an S on the other. 
5.  Then place leg perp on op's head and tiptoe.  Ideally No. 3 and No. 4 should be sim.
6.  Spin, place tiptoed leg over op's head.  Fall down from one side to another.  If your op's head is at 12 o' clock, fall down at 10 o' clock then gradually move at 9 or lower when you touch the mat.
7.  Tighter knees.  Lift hips.  Op's thumbs should face up. 

Half guard sweep:
You are embraced with your opponent and your leg is on a half-guard pos.  

1.   Use free leg and arm to bridge to one side.
2.   Slide the hand closer to the head and pass it through the neck. 
3.   That hand in No. 2 and the free hand should push the farthest shoulder away from you.
4.   Immediately raise your free leg to make a knee, shrimp in to place that leg on op's shoulder. 
5.   Use hand closest to the leg to block op's hand that is closest to the raised leg.
6.   Now use the hand in No. 5 to reach from the inside of the leg to grab the belt.  If no gi, the shoulder.
7.   The free hand should grab or hold the collar.
8.   Sim:  Kick leg + swing from bottom to top +  leg and hand on belt should assume seatbelt position at the same time. 
9.  Seatbelt hold: one arm slides across the neck, the other under the armpits.  Both are clasped tightly.  Let the legs make the op fall closer to the mat.  Hips should be lower.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Triangle, Pendulum armbar, stacking triangle counter, passing guard,

1.  Hold both hands close to your chest.
2.  Place left leg on opponent's hip + push down op's left hand + throw  right leg on op's shoulder (all simul)
3.  VERY IMPORTANT: Do a bunny position.  Lift your hips as high as your can.
4.  Secure your triangle and shrimp out to achieve reach.
5.  Toffee advice: Push down opponent's free arm to help you bring your legs down.

Pendulum armbar
1.  If your op got his hand away from an armbar, turn your leg so that the crook of your feet meets your op's neck.
2.  Hold arm tightly as if in an armbar.
3.  Swing leg over op's neck like an armbar.
4.  Push hips up.

Triangle counter
1.  Stack but to a space beside op.
2.  Use both hands to get rid of the triangled foot.
3.  Ideally, you'd end up in a sidemount.

Passing guard
1.  Lift opponent and make him land in your bent knee.
2.  Push op's lower abdomen area.
3.  Use elbows to push out.
4.  Sit back and enjoy.

Friday, April 16, 2010

Log 4/17/10: the finer details in the basics: Americana, Kimura, Armbar, Dela Riva, shrimp, reverse shrimp

Keylock Americana or KA

1. From the mount: push down your opponents wrist and elbow downwards with your elbows straight.  This would drive your entire weight to his arm before you perform.
2. From the side mount: if the op's forearm is pushing your neck, grab his wrist AND TWIST it before performing the technique.  It won't hurt him but it's a good set up.

Keylock Kimura

1. Make sure your arm nearest to your op's hip is on standby in case the op's arm escapes from KA.
2. Do the technique, but make sure his arm is in a sharp perpendicular shape before you do number 3.
3. Do a Kesa leg form, then swing the far leg over his head. 
4. Push your lock toward's your op's ear.

Armbar from side -- AMAZING

1. Twist your op's biceps towards you.  Works best if his arms are raised.
2. Immediately plant your elbows on his solar plexus.
3. Sprawl simultaneously.
4. Push op's head down, pref towards you.
5. Post farthest leg beside op's head.
6. Swing.  Perform armbar.

Some details from Dela Riva Guard...

1.  Starting position is legs are slightly crossed. If shrimping to the right, place left leg under op's leg and right leg over. 
2.  Ear should be close to the left leg
3.  Hold the op's ankle.  It should pass around the inner ankle.
4.  Reach for the other ankle.  Same thing.
5.  Push.


1. Tiptoe on one foot.
2. From that foot, push until your body resembles a shrimp.

Reverse Shrimp

1. Extend a leg.
2. Try to reach it with both arms.
3. Push your body forward