10/24/2011 – gi

October 27, 2011

Trained – kimura sequence from guard

1.  From the guard, drag one of your opponents hands to the mat.  Get a motorcycle grip on wrist with the same hand.
2.  Reach across with free hand, snake arm around trapped arm.  Get your bicep up nice and high so that your elbow is making a pocket around their elbow.


a.  Finish the kimura.  Lock the hand on your attacking arm to the wrist of your trapping arm.  Open guard (maintain close contact with legs), half shrimp towards locked arm (just enough to get a little leverage), throw leg up on back and start cranking.  That leg is important – will trap them in face down position while you torque the shoulder.  Else they’ll just roll out.

b.  If they posture up, follow.  Throw trapping hand back, pop hips, and use their momentum against them to sweep.

c.  If they push into you, guillotine.  Hard to pull off – there’s a lot of fabric in the way.


Got completely choked out by a young woman during sparring.  Was in mount, decided to try sitting arm bar as taught by Coach EJ.  Everything went swimmingly, but I left her arm loose, she locked hands.  Decided to let go instead of trying to muscle it, and in the process of releasing gave up my back (mistake).  Thought no problem – will work my turtle.  Didn’t defend my collar, she flipped me one way, things went gray, thought “no problem, will just roll back into the choke.”

You know how when you nod off in the middle of a meeting or a conversation you’re following along just fine, and then realize “wait, I’m not following the conversation anymore, I’m engaged in some sort of internal dreamy monologue.”  Kind of the same thing happened here, except instead of realizing “wait, I’m in a meeting, this isn’t right” it was “wait, I was rolling, this definitely isn’t right.”  Eyes snapped open, and there’s Coach Danny standing over me shaking my legs.  Clearly, rolling back into the choke didn’t work.

Lessons learned:

1.  tap earlier, silly
2.  the great thing about this discipline is that it only takes one opening, one mistake for things to turn around quickly.  I had a size, strength, and speed advantage over this young woman, but I screwed up and she capitalized quickly and hard.  I was impressed.
3.  control that arm better when trying to pull a sitting arm bar.  Coach EJ’s technique of isolating the arm by using your knee to mash the shoulder into the head works really well – particularly if you have a strength advantage.


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