Monday night, October 24, 2011

Fundamentals Class, BJJ

Small class, mostly colored belts again. Short warmup. Then rounds of standing grip-fighting. With Brandon, Nick, and Ray.

Drilling was basic cross-collar choke from mount. And then a slight variation in case they’re hand-fighting a lot on the arm that’s coming around.
Drilled with Brandon.

Randomly, the tip of one of my little toes decided to hurt. I don’t recall that I did anything to it; it just got weird.


TR’s fight was this weekend. Apparently he destroyed the guy with knees first (TR’s a Muay Thai guy) and then finished him in the first round with a standing guillotine. He tried to convince everyone that a submission win means everyone won’t think he’s just a stand-up guy now, but they had to point out that he finished the submission while standing. Doh! 😛

Rolling to warmup. With Adam and then with Ed twice.

Drilling was elevator sweep. Drilled with Ed.

Most of my hurt places — elbow, shoulder, big toe — all seem to stop hurting when I get on the mat. But as soon as class is over, watch out! … Ow.

12 thoughts on “Monday night, October 24, 2011

  1. Any chance of getting a more detailed description of that elevator sweep? I’m all into grips now, so I would love some more detail on how that alternate grip works within the framework of the sweep.

    1. I’ve been calling it the “Fruit Roll-up grip” in my head because you pull the sleeve fabric straight up from their arm & then roll the fabric parallel to their arm until you’ve got a handle. (Instead of cuffing or bunching like usual.) Roll up all the slack; fold it, even, if their cuff opening is too wide. Bring that grip to the hip that’s further back, on the ground. Your hand is now on one side of their wrist and your hip is on the other. As you fall to your side, your body now traps the top of their arm, and the ground has the other.

      But otherwise, we did the elevator sweep as normal, starting with bridging them off from butterfly guard — one forearm across their neck, both hands on their one shoulder; lift with legs and arms, angling slightly to one side. Slide in on the other side, reaching under their arm and grabbing their belt at the back. Your head under their chin, when possible. Get the far sleeve grip as above. Fall to your side (back never touches the mat). Top arm and leg maintain their frames. (Partner should be face-planting at this point.) Small lift with top leg to tip them; that hook keeps contact with their leg as long as possible, then mount.

    1. I’m trying to do it to myself sitting at my desk, lol, and I can’t quite decide. Justin said we’ll be working it again tonight, though, so I’ll pay attention to that part.

  2. Okay, first, slightly wrong above — when you pull their wrist to your hip, your hand is on top of their arm, not next to it. (Though, then when you go to your side, I found it more comfortable to pull your hand further back or to the side so that you’re not rolling on your own hand.)

    Once you roll the grip up, it should look like you’re punching across their forearm: your fist is perpendicular to their arm, and the bottom of your fist in contact with their arm. When you pull it to your hip, rotate their hand so your fist is above their wrist; your knuckles now contact their wrist.

    I think, though, that the important points are rolling the sleeve fabric so there’s no slack for them to move their wrist and then rolling your hip on to the wrist to trap it.

    Just for fun, I played with that roll-up grip later in rolling, and it seemed okay. Mid-level grip, maybe. YMMV.

    1. Nah, that just means I’m describing it badly 😛

      Roll their sleeve so that, if looking down their arm, you would see the cuff rolled up like a Fruit Roll-up. Most grips on sleeves start from the cuff; this one starts above the cuff and never even uses the cuff.

      Well, here, you asked for it. My astounding art skills are going to demonstrate:

    1. Ok, played with that grip tonight and it was EXCELLENT. It doesn’t fall to most of the normal grip breaks, in fact once I got it no one was able to break it, and it’s super super tight. I was able to just casually work up an armbar several times once I had that grip in and cross gripped the top of the tricep to go with it. An excellent addition to my current grips project for which you will get full props in my writeup tonight. Do you mind of I use your drawing?

  3. Still getting compliments about how tight this grip is. Used it when I visited the local judo school and their guys were commenting about what a tight grip it was. Excellent!

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