5.13.13 – 5.27.13 – BJJ

May 27, 2013

I don’t remember what I worked on what days, so a summary post.

Managed to train at least four days each week – Fridays with Mike, one Monday with Mike, the rest at BETA.  Have given preference to the masters classes; not sure my training partners are getting much out of it, but I most certainly am.

Spent a lot of time over that two week period working on half guard, both escapes and offense.  Some key takeaways:

1.  Ezekiel or sleeve choke is just money.  Even if you can’t get it in, it causes them to focus on that instead of escaping.  Mike taught me an absolute go-to move.

2.  Need to relax when I’m rolling.  Half the time Mike sweeps me it’s because I tense up and give him a rigid platform to roll.

3.  The escape is all about two things:

  • Preventing the cross face.  Use that Riberio position with the top hand down on hip, bottom hand cupped up to catch the bicep.  Once you’re cross faced, you’re in trouble.
  • Getting up on the downside elbow.  Everything flows from there.

4.  Escape from technical mount – just sit up!


The rolls with Mike are like private lessons for me – fun as hell, and I’m really seeing an improvement in my game.  Good stuff.



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