We had a chance to train for an hour or so with Gerry over the weekend. He’s a big purple belt, and it was so good to see some different views on things, get some different ideas, and some personal attention to questions and problems. Not going to lie…it will be fun to take some of this stuff back to the gym and try it out on some unsuspecting opponents. Of course, can’t wait to share what I learned as well.
I’m probably only remembering about half of what we went over, but here are some of the hightlights.
Cross choke angle scoot for better tightness
Deep grip to start (same)
Cock hips away from grip
Thumb in opposite collar
Move hips back
Pull down, elbows up
Arm bar trickery with collar grip for rotation
Pistol grip on gi at elbow
Cross collar grip with other hand to control posture
Pull and pull to rotate around and get leg up
Clock choke against opponent from turtle
Thumb in across collar
Triangle defense (last resort)
Drop to knees
Move leg over head
Grab gi at foot
Pick up foot and put them into quarter guard
Push knee to half guard
Kimura defense (instead of hiding arm)
Hand on opponent’s elbow to push
Roll toward’s trapped arm and shrimp
Roll from half guard to create scramble, take back. Like this…
Ana and I did a little bit of drilling. I’ve been landing in good spots for submissions but unable to finish them, so I want to try out the details of a couple of chokes. I did discover that the reason I’m having trouble finishing rear naked chokes is because of the width of my shoulders and lack of flexibility leave a lot of space on the grab arm. We figured out a variation I could use to get the pressure with the blade of my hand by a different method, and then Coach Frank showed me an even better option that would be harder to defend against.
We also worked on two armbar escapes. Ana’s needed a little more movement than mine (surprise), but they are both good depending on the situation.
Another cool thing I realized is that I can use a small foam roller or a large pool noodle to simulate someone’s neck and really feel where the pressure is being applied. Should help me improve the small angles and hand positions for chokes.
Then I tested out a fitness drill I’ve been thinking of–Circle of Death with jiu-jitsu drills for six rounds. For this one I used thrusts + figure 4s, sit-throughs with rotations, hops from knees to feet, and one-armed get ups (still need some kettle bells to make this one legit).
Then I rolled with Frank. A bunch. Lost count of how many times he could have submitted me and how many times he gave me an opening to see what I would do. For instance, he mounted and grapevined me, but when I put my hands on his hips he released my legs and let me work the escape he taught us last week. I didn’t get my knees pulled to chest and butterfly, but I did get one in to turn and shrimp.
He dropped some knowledge in between rolls too
Slow and tight is better than fast and leaving space, so don’t worry about feeling like I’m plodding
Top positions are working great for me, so start off in guard and give up those positions with equal training partners–work to get there to improve the other side of the game
But don’t give up top position if I’m ever in a competition. Time is limited, and I’m way stronger on top than on bottom at this point since I don’t really have any submissions I can reliably finish from my guard
Defense is improving, so being frustrating will hopefully cause opponents to open up opportunities