Black Belt BJJ Couple

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Escape from the headlock part 2!

Date: 18 June 2013

Elbow Escape from guard
Shrimping: Keep (right) leg flat on the ground, (left) leg to lift hips and shrimp towards the (left) side and straighten body (Lie flat on your back)

Slice 1: Standard Elbow Escape

  1. Opponent prevents Trap and Roll escape by establishing wide base
  2. Turn body sideways to the (left), keep (left) leg flat on the ground, (right) hand hug opponent’s back
  3. Push (left) knee of opponent with (left) hand to insert your left leg and straighten up (Lie flat on your back)
  4. Trap using (right) leg of opponent (the leg that you just pushed out) with your (left) leg and hug opponent’s neck;if opponent is very heavy, trap (right) leg of opponent with your (right) leg and hug opponent’s neck.
  5. Shrimp to the left and push (right) knee of opponent and insert your knee
  6. Post your (right) leg and shrimp to remove your (right) leg to get into guard
  7. Get into guard position: 1 hand behind opponent’s neck, 1 hand underhook opponent’s arm and keep head elevated and legs closed
Slice 2:  Hook Removal

  1. Opponent inserts leg hooks or “grapevines” for better control
  2. Get (right) leg out of leg hooks by lifting and straightening (right) leg up
  3. My (Right) leg to go on opponent’s other leg and push it down to the ground while (left) leg straightens out and rest on your (right) leg
  4. Shrimp to the left and push (right) knee of opponent using (right) elbow/knee and insert your knee
  5. Trap using (right) leg of opponent (the leg that you just pushed out) with your (left) leg and hug opponent’s neck;if opponent is very heavy, trap (right) leg of opponent with your (right) leg and hug opponent’s neck.
  6. Post your (right) leg and shrimp to remove your (right) leg to get into guard.
  7. Get into guard position: 1 hand behind opponent’s neck, 1 hand underhook opponent’s arm and keep head elevated and legs closed
Slice 3: Fish Hook

  1. Opponent resists Standard Elbow Escape by keeping legs heavy
  2. Use my (right) leg over and hook opponent’s (right) leg and bring it up so that you can slot your (right) leg to get into half guard
  3. Shrimp to the left and push (right) knee of opponent and insert your knee
  4. Post your (right) leg and shrimp to remove your (right) leg to get into guard.
  5. Get into guard position: 1 hand behind opponent’s neck, 1 hand underhook opponent’s arm and keep head elevated and legs closed
Slice 4: Heel Drag

  1. Opponent neutralizes the Fish Hook by keeping legs heavy and lifting their foot up (nothing to hook)
  2. My (Right) leg to go over opponent’s (right) lifted foot and bite with the bend of your knee
  3. Turn my hips and use hand to shove opponent’s knee into half guard
  4. Shrimp to the left and push (right) knee of opponent and insert your knee
  5. Post your (right) leg and shrimp to remove your (right) leg to get into guard.
  6. Get into guard position: 1 hand behind opponent’s neck, 1 hand underhook opponent’s arm and keep head elevated and legs closed
Double Ankle Sweep from guard
 
Slice 1: Knee Thrust Variation

  1. Opponent stands up with their feet very close to your hips
  2. As opponent stands up, control his head
  3. Keep knees together at opponent’s hips
  4. One hand at each ankle
  5. Pull hands toward yourself and thrust hips up to sweep opponent
Slice 2: Leg Kick Variation

  1. Opponent is too tall for for Knee Thrust Variation to be effectively applied
  2. As opponent stands up, control his head
  3. Keep both feet at opponent’s hips
  4. One hand at each ankle
  5. Pull hands toward yourself and thrust hips up to sweep opponent
Headlock Escape 2 from Bottom

Starting position of this technique
 
Slice 1: Standard Leg Hook Escape (Opponent maintains headlock at all times)
Purpose is to rollover opponent
  1. Opponent establishes a headlock and neutralizes headlock escape 1
  2. Always get to your side first. In this case, make sure your (right) side is on the ground and keep (right) hand, neck and chin tucked in.
  3. Grab opponent’s shoulder with (left) hand and (left) leg to hook on opponent’s (left) inner thigh as shown below. Note: Lift leg to hook on opponent’s thigh
  4. Push off (right) leg to get (right) knee on the ground to turn opponent’s around on his/her back
  5. Pull (right) hand out and rolls opponent over
  6. Use head to move opponent and get into modified mount

Key Detail: Insert the hook to help climb up but don’t leave it in between opponent’s legs cause it will get trapped.

Slice 2: Super Base Variation
Purpose is to make opponent release headlock
  1. Opponent establishes a wide base and prevents the rollover.
  2. Always get to your side first. In this case, make sure your (right) side is on the ground and keep (right) hand, neck and chin tucked in.
  3. Keep (left) arm behind your back, your head on the ground and get to your toes then drive left shoulder to centre of opponent’s spine and use (right) hand to hold opponent’s grip to make opponent release headlock and pull out (right) hand at the same time
  4. Get into modified mount
Slice 3: Punch Block Variation

  1. Opponent attempts to punch while maintaining headlock
  2. As opponent is about to punch. use (right) hand to grab opponent’s wrist with a thumbful grip and (left) hand to grab opponent’s forearm with a thumbless grip – thumbless grip for more leverage
  3. Use (left) leg to hook on opponent’s (left) inner thigh as shown below
  4. Push off (right) leg to get (right) knee on the ground to turn opponent’s around on his/her back
  5. Pull (right) hand out and rolls opponent over
  6. Use head to move opponent and get into modified mount
Credits all photos to Gracie University

She is loving the Kimura!

Date: 02 July 2013

Kimura Armlock

Key Points:

  • Keeping arms bent at a 90 degree angle, do not let arm straighten out.
  • Do not grab opponent’s first but instead slide into opponent’s arm then grab opponent’s wrist (Rationale: do not alert opponent that you are gonna to execute a kimura, by the time he realizes it and wants to pull his arm out, my (right) arm is there to block the back of the tricep and thus, harder to pull out.
  • Keep opponent’s arm close to your chest and use body to twist

Slice 2: Rider Variation

  1. Opponent pushes off the ground from Stage 1 (Guard position)
  2. As opponent rises up, follow opponent to rise up
  3. Use (right) elbow and (right) leg to scoot back and sit up so as to slide in my own (right) hand into opponent’s arm. (elbow down, hip out)
3. Use (left) leg to push off and fall back flat on your back
4. Use (left) leg, place it on opponent’s back or trap opponent’s (right) leg and use it to scoot out
5. Cross legs and keep close to to chest, twist body and not use arm strength.
Slice 3: Forced Variation
  1. Opponent exhausts and remain stationary in Stage 1
  2. Use legs to push opponent back in the guardpullopponentback
  3. Use left (hand) to push opponent’s head and trap it behind your (right) armpitpushhead trapheadarmpit
  4. Use (right) elbow and (right) leg to scoot back and sit up while maintaining my (right) arm behind opponent’s head to trap it and to slide in my own (right) hand into opponent’s arm. (elbow down, hip out)
  5. Use (left) leg to push off and fall back flat on your back
  6. Use (left) leg, place it on opponent’s back or trap opponent’s (right) leg and use it to scoot out
  7. Cross legs and keep close to to chest, twist body and not use arm strength
Leg Hook Takedown
Slice 1: Standard Variation
  1. Grip is top over bottom, keep hips close to opponent’s thighs
  2. Maintain a triangle
  3. Take a step for balance
  4. Hook calf (Calf to calf)
  5. Spin and take a step while maintaining grip
  6. Release opponent near the ground and mount

Punch Block Series from Guard: Stage 5

Slice 1: Opponent avoids leaning forward in Stage 4 of the Punch Block Series

  1. Opponent gets up far enough and unable to punch you
  2. Kick opponent’s knee
  3. Opponent will move around
  4. Circle and face opponent (1 foot on the ground, 1 foot up point towards opponent). Foot on the ground will follow opponent’s direction of movement.

Slice 2: Opponent grabs your leg and throws it one side to punch or pass

  1. Use your other leg to place on the furthest hip of opponent
  2. My other foot to replace the foot that is on the furthest hip of opponent
  3. both feet will be on opponent’s hips
  4. Slowly lower opponent by removing one feet followed by the other feet and transit into Punch Block Series 1 (Guard)

How to protect your wife/girlfriend/loved ones?

My initial goal of learning martial arts was purely because it was fun and of course, watching too much UFC. I always thought that being able to use your body and submit an opponent is very interesting. (Example: Omoplata)

Nevertheless, my instructor highlighted a point: “What if your wife got attacked by a guy?”. I thought for a while, probably not, if the guy is way stronger than her.

Would I be able to protect her in a street-fight? I am not sure of the end result but I am pretty sure I will fight to the end. It’s either me escaping or the attacker on the ground.

If I am not able to protect her? Would she be able to protect herself in a street-fight? I don’t know for sure but I hope that training BJJ will instill the instincts in her.

Then again, I feel that the best way to win a fight is to avoid the fight itself, especially when there are multiple attackers.

Well, all couples should train some form of martial arts together. Doing that can be fun and a different experience from the normal dinner, movie, date.At least to train our instincts and our actions would become natural. I think that’s what you want to do in an actual street-fight.

BJJ sparring for the first time

The initial five lessons were carried out at a comfortable pace. Each session lasted two hours and with a class size of about 6 people. This class is a no gi class as it is Gracie Combatives. My girlfriend and I definitely have lots of attention from the instructor.

Sparring was an eye-opener for both of us whom have never done any grappling or ground work before. To make it “worse”, I was chosen to spar with the instructor who is a catch wrestler by definition. He embeds his catch wrestling within BJJ or Gracie Jiujitsu. That results in lots of pressure points being targeted by him as well as the difference between catch wrestling and BJJ/Gracie Jiujitsu:

Catch Wrestling is abit too brutal for us at the moment
I was too tensed and exhausted myself way too early while sparring. A good note to self is to take note of my own breathing during the fight so that I am able to focus on my opponent. Once you are exhausted and you stop focusing, the fight is literally over and that’s how I submitted in a Guillotine Choke.
A good thing is that I got my first submission via Americana over a smaller opponent. I could sort of muscle my way out whenever he tried to execute. So I guess it doesn’t really count but I was pretty happy with my transitions while sparring.
My girlfriend sparred once with a female opponent and her guard was too difficult for her opponent to pass. There are many times she got her opponent back to closed guard from side mount and half guard.
Next time I would record her during our sparring sessions and the video can be used as reference for us to go through some of the mistakes.
Gracie Jiujitsu has been fun and we are working towards our blue belt, hopefully by next June!

Improve your BJJ guard passing percentages with these principles!

Jason Scully’s Guard Passing Principles
Goal is to be always STEPS AHEAD
  1. Block the hips – Knee on belly can be used to block hips
  2. Work towards head control
  3. If opponent goes to their knees:
  • Redirection
  • Taking their back
  • Blocking hips is useless
 4.  If opponent roll away:
  • Follow and take their back
  • Keep chest close to opponent’s back

Escape from the Headlock Part 1!

Date of lesson: 11 June 2013
Headlock Escape 1 from Side Mount
Slice 1: Standard Frame Escape
  1. Opponent establishes a headlock from the side mount
  2. (Left) hand to hold wrist of (right) hand and push towards opponent’s throat
  3. Turn body to the side and circle to the (left) side
  4. Pull both legs towards opponent’s head
  5. Straighten body by pushing off opponent’s hips
  6. Straighten legs to choke opponent

Slice 2: Scissor Failure Variation (Opponent effectively resists the scissor choke

  1. Opponent establishes a headlock from the side mount
  2. (Left) hand to hold wrist of (right) hand and push towards opponent’s throat
  3. Turn body to the side and circle to the (left) side
  4. Pull both legs towards opponent’s head
  5. Opponent effectively resists the scissor choke
  6. Hold opponent’s other arm by his/her triceps or pin his/her arm to the ground using your hands
  7. Remove leg that is on top of the head
  8. Transit to side mount
Slice 3: Super Lock Variation
  1. Opponent establishes a headlock from the side mount
  2. (Left) hand to hold wrist of (right) hand and push towards opponent’s throat
  3. Turn body to the side and circle to the (left) side
  4. Pull both legs towards opponent’s head
  5. Opponent does not release headlock when you execute
  6. Use momentum to allow legs to slip off opponent’s head
  7. Posture up by kneeling on all fours with one knee at the back of opponent’s head and one behind his lower back, arms spread out for base
  8. Use right hand to push opponent’s leg away before attempting to mount (right) leg
  9. Mount (right) leg and use right hand to pull leg as close as possible to opponent’s belly

Body Fold Takedown
Slice 1: Opponent attempts to throw punches at you after you establish the clinch

  1. Clinch position, hand placement: hand on the front of the opponent’s stomach to be on top of the other hand. Keep hips close to opponent’s thighs to avoid being kneed and keep head close to opponent’s mid chest
  2. When opponent is about to punch, feel his/her chest moving away from our head, this is the signal to drop our level near to opponent’s hips
  3. Pull hands towards my body and head to push in the other direction (Push-Pull)
  4. Take a step to the side, drop opponent and mount

Straight Arm Lock (Standing)
Slice 1: Opponent pushes or grabs you with an extended arm 

  1. Subway grip to grab opponent’s arm(right hand would be behind the left hand when gripping opponent’s arm)
  2. Take a step back with (left) leg followed by the (right) leg so that opponent’s torso is facing away
  3. As you turn, the opponent’s thumb would be pointed downwards
  4. Adjust opponent’s elbow and tuck it in your armpit
  5. Squeeze arm as you tilt your shoulder downwards and pulling his forearm upwards (Push-Pull)