Saturday, October 20, 2007

John Will Seminar 20 Oct 2007 - X guard

John Will Seminar 20 Oct 2007

X Guard

An advanced hooking guard

Per the hourglass teaching model, several entries and several sweeps.

What you do when he stands up in your hooks in guard.

Entries

1 Leg Drag

You have hooks in. He stands. Reach across with your left hand and grab behind his left knee. Pull yourself toward his left leg, underhook it with your right hand, get the right side of your neck against his ankle, your right  hand on his left knee. Get your right foot through on top of your left for the X guard. Get on your left side so that if he tries to step back with his left leg, he is working against your structural strength (shoulder and right side of your chest) rather than against your arm strength.

2 Big Step

He is standing, you have hooks in. sit up and wrap your left arm around his thigh; let your left hook slide down his right leg, to his ankle. Roll back and take your left hook directly overhead rolling to your L across your back, forcing him to take a Big Step forward with his right foot. Your right arm goes between his feet and underhooks his right as you make him step with his left. Slide your L hook up into his R knee, Get your left foot in and consolidate the X Guard.

3 Flagpole

He is kneeling, you  have both hooks in. Get double underhooks. Get your head to the right of his, preventing him from posting with his head when you sweep him to your right. Rock back and elevate him with your hooks.  Kick your right leg vertical or just past vertical, so his left leg slides down so you can  under hook it with your right arm and get it next to your neck. Get to the X Guard from here.

4 Failed hooks in sweep

 He is kneeling, you have both hooks in. Overhook both arms; join your hands and  push them down towards his groin, pinching his elbows in close. Sweep him toward your upper right corner. You may get the sweep. If so get on top. He may step forward with his left leg to stop the sweep and stay standing; underhook it with your R arm, go the the X guard.

If the guy falls over, THAT'S THE PLAN! Just get on top. Don't despair if you didn't get the sweep because he fell over ... because you did!

Sweeps

1 Rigan's sweep (see: first cab off the rank)

You are moving toward the X guard; before getting the second hook in, try this:
Get your R shin behind his R knee; slide your L hook down to his ankle. You want to lift his R foot with your L hook but won't be able to, unless you lift his leg with your R shin first. so lift his leg with your R shin then lift his ankle with your L hook, so he falls backward to your right. Keep your L hook in until you can underhook his R leg with your L arm  and come to your knees.

If the sweep fails, just go to X guard.

2 Leg Split.

From X guard. Stretch his legs apart as far as possible. Make sure you are on your left side; release your R foot and use it to push, sidekick style, with your R foot against his R knee, He should fall forward, weight on his hands. Come up  on your elbow, then your hand, then to your knees, then stand up if necessary. A BJJ guy will go to guard; but if not, step over his R leg with your R Leg. keep hold of his L leg, going to half guard, switch your R leg out to side control before releasing his L leg.

3 Single leg back sweep

  You have the X guard. He drops his L knee to the floor and underhooks your head with his L arm (a common wrestler's tactic). Use your L hook to get your R leg out, then to bring his R foot up so you can grab his R ankle with your L hand. Pull his ankle toward you and drive his knee back and to the left so he falls on his back as you come on top.

4 Backdoor

You have X guard. You need to get his R leg to the other side of your head. Just lifting it with your hands is difficult, so LIFT HIM WITH YOUR BODY. Do a small crunch to lift his foot, then transfer it to the right side of your head, gripping his leg now with your left hand the same way as you did with your right. Grab his belt or pants with your R hand, disengage you L hook and spin R until you can put your L hook in behind his L leg. Grab his belt with the other hand, hold him while you kick his legs out and forward with your hooks, so he lands between your legs. Get your hooks in and some controls with your arms to secure back control.

First cab off the rank
 
Exceptional people in any endeavour often have the trait of noticing and being able to see and act on small windows of opportunity which others either see too late or not at all, or lack the confidence to exploit immediately.
 
Rigan's sweep is an example. The sweep is only available for a very short interval before you consolidate the X Guard, and before the guy can react, start defending, etc. The timing of lifting his R leg with your R shin, and sweeping his ankle with your L, allows only a small window. Miss it, you must go to X guard proper and try something else. Rigan's somewhat facetious saying in this regard is "X Guard is for losers" ... i.e. those who missed Rigan's sweep.
 
This principle can be applied to other transitions and positions. Time considering and working on this in the wider scope of BJJ will be very well spent.
 
There is a continuum between Intent (getting it whatever it takes) and Adaptability (fairly obvious). The good stuff is at the ends - neither is better than the other, and ideally you can operate at both ends.
 
Most people sit in the middle, lacking the perseverance and courage to pursue a goal no matter what, and the courage to be truly adaptable to the situation, trying only proven strategies and tactics, but stopping when they meet obstacles and resistance. This is BORING. Avoid it. Abhor it.
 
Miyamoto Mushashi calls intent "Ox's Neck", adaptability "Rat's Head".
 
$20
 
If you see a $20 note on the ground in Vegas, as happened to John, don't stop and wonder why, just scoop it up. When that opportunity appears, take it. Don't agonise over what you were originally planning, don't run through your checklists. Some peoples checklists are too long; by the time they get to the bottom, what/whoever they were interested in is gone.
 
 

Saturday, September 15, 2007

Rigan Machado Seminar 15 Sep 2007

Held at Ultimate Fighting Arts, Penrith (nice gym, lots of steel and glass). Mostly black, brown and purple belts. Anthony Lange, Peter King, ElvisSinosic, Anthony Perosh, Luke Pezzuti, Darko were all there.

The techniques covered were almost exclusively sweeps.

1. You are sitting, he is standing with his R foot between your legs. Your R hand grabs his L sleeve. Your L arm goes around the back of his R hamstring. Pass his L sleeve from your R to your L hand between his legs. Grab his L collar with your R hand to stop him posturing up and breaking your L grip. Push his L knee with your R foot, forcing him to fall to your R. Come up to side control, keeping hold of his sleeve until you have cleared his R leg with your R leg. (according to Carlos Machado, using a karate side kick style "knife foot" is very effective for pushing at the knee or shin or ankle in this way).

2. Same starting position as 1. You miss grabbing his L sleeve. Instead grab his R sleeve with your R hand. Your L arm goes around the back of his R hamstring. Pass his R sleeve from your R to your L hand between his legs. Pull it tight. Your R foot goes between his feet, spin to your left and grab his L pants cuff with your R hand. Fall to your back and roll to your left, lift his L leg using your R hand and R shin and sweep him to your left, a bit like a reverse  hook sweep. Consolidate side control.

3. Same start as 1 and 2. You try for his L sleeve, fail, R sleeve, fail.  Grab the tips of his belt or the skirt of the  gi with  your R hand. Your L arm goes around the back of his R hamstring. Pass the belt or skirt from your L to your R hand between his legs. Post to your right rear with your R hand and swing your R leg back until you are in a 3 point position on L foot, R knee and R hand.  You may be able to sweep his R leg with your R leg as you get up and knock him over; to avoid this he can circle his R  foot clockwise so it is in front of your R leg. Either way, if he is still on his feet, grab his R heel with your R hand, and stand up so his thigh is across your chest, like a high single leg with both your legs outside his. Push down on his leg with your L shoulder and turn to your L to take him down. Grab the HEEL, so that you can keep his toes pointing up - if he can rotate his leg inwards, he can maybe flip it outside your L leg and counter the takedown.
 
How do we get to the starting position for the above 3 techniques?
 
Start from open guard, he is standing, you have grips on both sleeves and feet in his hips. Take your left foot off his hip and swing it out to the left and around the back of his legs, using the energy to sit up and spin clockwise on your butt. Wrap your left foot in tight to his R foot, and your right lower leg between his feet. Ideally you have grips on both sleeves still and can choose to try either 1 or 2 above.

4. He is in your guard, up on his L foot and R knee (what Matt Thornton calls "combat base"), with his L foot between your legs. Turn on your R side and thread your R leg around his L leg so his L foot is in the crook of your R knee and your R instep is on the front of his R thigh, a type of outside hook. Your L hand grabs his L sleeve. Turn left toward his feet, and grab the pants cuff at his R ankle. Pull his L hand way out to the left with your L hand, roll onto your back, pulling him over the top of you, using your L shin on his chest, to pull him over as well. Keep rolling backward over your L shoulder and over the top of him, finishing in a sort of side control / half guard top. "Helicopter sweep", also called "Roleta sweep" (Roleta is pronounced like Rigan).

5. A Jean Jacques special. He is standing, you have both hooks behind his knees. Sit up, slide your hooks down to his ankles and push at each knee with one hand. Knock him over and roll up over one shin to finish in his guard. Simple, but as they say, if it's stupid but it works, it isn't stupid.

6. He is on his knees. You are in your R side. Your R leg is between his, the lower R leg hooked over the top of his R calf. Your L shin is across his torso, similar to basic sweep. Sometimes called a "quarter guard". Your L hand grabs his L sleeve. Dive you head toward his L shin and grab the pants at his L knee with your R hand. Pull hard to the L with your L hand, roll onto your back and stretch him out so he is suspended over your L knee, in a position similar to the butterfly sweep. Roll backwards over your L shoulder, pulling him over the top of you, finishing on top.

7. Same starting position as 6, but you find it hard to pull him off his base. Instead, block his L knee with your R hand, drive his L arm straight and hard out to your R with your L hand and push with your L shin (like basic sweep) to sweep him to your  R . Keep stretching his L arm straight to control him.

(The next few are quite complicated - still not sure I've got the setup right).

8. Start in a kind of crossed guard - Your R instep is on his R hip, your L instep in his L armpit, so L leg is crossed over R. You have his L sleeve in your L hand. Come up on your  R elbow or hand and turn to your R. Your L shin goes over his L arm, and you come to your knees with your L shin pinning his L forearm to the mat. Keep spinning R and roll across your shoulders, the back of your R leg passing in front of his face and around to hook inside his L knee as your L hook goes inside your L knee. You finish with both hooks in, his L arm going between your legs and under your L knee, trapped there by your L arm holding his L sleeve. Sit up and grab his belt with your R hand, shimmy underneath him and sweep him to your right using your R hand on his belt and your L hook.

9. You do 8 but he posts on his L foot to stop the sweep. Encircle his L shin with both your legs, so you have him in a kind of half guard, now blocking his foot so you can now sweep him to the R.

10. You do 8, he grabs your collar with his R hand in an attempt to block the sweep. Release his L arm, latch onto his R and triangle him from here.

11. Start like 8, but instead of going to hooks in, turn  more on your L side and get your L shin next to his L hip. R shin on the outside. Squeeze or triangle your thighs,  grab his belt or back, post on your L elbow or hand (keep the grip on his sleeve as long as possible and come to your knees, his  L arm trapped between your thighs. You are now in a position to underhook his R arm with your R and roll over the top of him, pulling him into a crucifix choke or similar.

12. He is in your guard, your L arm controlling his R sleeve (standard, not cross, grip). Weave  your  L foot outside and over his R arm tucking it deep under his R armpit.  Move your R shin outside his  R hip. It appears to him  that  he can move around to your  R and  achieve side control; but  as he moves in you  grab his pants  at the L knee, elevate it and roll him to your L.  His R arm is trapped  so if you can get his shoulder on the ground he is gone.

Grip Breaks

1. He grips your lapel. Grab the underside of his sleeve tight with one hand, the wrist itself with the other. Push it away from you with both hands, Move your torso away at the same time if you can.

2. He grabs your sleeve. Grab his wrist with the free hand, get the elbow of the trapped hand to your ribs and pull away.

3. Drill. He has spider/lasso guard. His  R foot in your L bicep, his L shin looped over the top of your R arm with the foot in the armpit. Move to your L so he falls onto his R side. Push his R thigh to the floor with your L shin. You can now get your L elbow off his R foot as he cannot follow you with his foot. he still has his R grip on your L sleeve. Use the L heel of the hand to push  on the fingers of his L hand as you pull your R hand out of his grip (your R hamstring restricts the movement of his L hand as well). Now grab his R wrist with your R hand and pull your L hand out of that grip. Move back and get controls on his legs in preparation to pass.

That's it.

Saturday, July 28, 2007

John Will Seminar Jul 28, 2007 - MMA defence from bottom, darce

John Will Seminar Jul 28 2007
 
MMA strategy - Under Mount
 
Opponent is on top, punching.
 
1. SHELL. open hands or closed gloves in the forehead, elbows down and close together, stopping him moving up to your armpits, keeping him low on your hips. Crunch up to reduce the area to be covered and keep the head off the floor. Hands must remain on the head and the structure kept tight so that it cannot be disrupted by sideways blows, etc.
 
2. BUCK. Bridge hard, bucking him overhead so he puts his hands on the floor.
 
3. LASSO. Encircle one of his arms with both of yours. As he comes back to try to regain punching posture, pin his elbow to your chest and trap his foot in the same side with yours.
 
4. ROLL. Standard bridge and roll reversal, ending in his closed guard, with proper posture.
 
MMA strategy - Under Guard
 
Opponent is on top, punching. You hold him in closed guard.
 
1. SHELL. As for the mount.
 
2. PULL. Pull him in and onto your shell with your legs. DO NOT OPEN THE SHELL UNTIL HE HITS YOUR ELBOWS WITH HIS CHEST. Premature unshelling may open gaps you will get hit through.
 
3. SWIM. Your arms over his upper arms to get double overhooks. Keep it tight - this is the only control point once you open your closed guard.
 
4. STRETCH. Place your feet on the floor between his and underhook his insteps with yours. Stretch   
 his legs and hips out, either pushing his feet away or pushing your body back until he is flat on his stomach on you.
 
5. HOOKS. Get your hooks in, feet under his thighs, probably one at a time.
 
6. SWEEP. When he moves to try and regain posture, sweep him with your hooks to mount.
 
Drill both mount and guard strategies as a continuous drill, using bark commands (below).
 
Bark Commands
 
Bark commands are single (2 at most) syllable commands which are used to describe a move in sequence.
 
Used by the military for weapons procedures - why not defensive tactics also?
 
E.g. for the MMA strategy under the mount, then guard described earlier:
 
SHELL / BUCK / LASSO / ROLL - SHELL / PULL / SWIM / STRETCH / HOOKS / SWEEP - ...
 
The advantages of bark commands are:
 
  • Allows easy recall by students, mnemonic device
  • Avoids the "Chinese Whisper" syndrome when the same thing is taught by a succession of teachers
  • Works at the "Speed of Life" - meaning it can be drilled at fighting speed
  • Allows the pacing of the class to be handed over to any student, while instructors can move around and address individual issues
  • Allows higher work rate and number of repetitions, encouraging both skill development and cardio
 
It is important to move out of the slow, interrupted drilling and detailed explanation phase into "life speed" ASAP. For every rep you do at the slow unrealistic pace, you need to do 8 life speed reps to "undo" the habits.
 
Is not a model that can be used for everything but certainly fits a lot of things very well. (I found it worked very well for sweeps, not so good for armbars from the mount). Works for Wing Chun and other standup as well.
 
Arm Triangle/Darce choke
 
1. Against side control escape
 
You have side control on his right side. He is attempting to escape by turning toward you. Thread your right arm under his left armpit and neck. Grab the back of his head with your left hand and pull, helping you get your right arm through under his neck as deep as possible. His left arm should now be under your chest, your right upper arm wedged into his armpit. Slide your left elbow over the back of his head and drive it down and in until you can grab the crook of your left elbow tightly with your right hand. Put your left hand on his back, and sprawl on his shoulder while squeezing tightly with your arms for the choke. 
 
2. From head to head
 
You have sprawled on top of him. Slide your right knee outside his left elbow to prevent the sitout/switchout when you slide your arm under his chest. Turn to face his left side as you slide your right arm over his left arm,  under his chest and  coming out under the right side of his neck. Reach over the back of his neck with your left hand and grip your right hand with your left in a gable grip. Drive and turn him with your arms to put him on his right side facing you, in a similar position to 1. Your right hand is already in position; grab you r left elbow with it and finish the choke as in 1.
 
3. From crossface
 
Get the crossface with his right arm trapped between you, perhaps from front control, getting your elbows in his armpits and then moving around to side control on his right, dragging his left elbow with your left elbow and then sliding your left forearm under his head to complete the crossface. Allow/encourage him to turn toward you to relieve the pressure, and when he does slide your right arm under his left arm and neck as in 1. Complete the choke as in 1.
 
4. From failed kimura
 
You have got the kimura on his left arm from front control, but he has grabbed his left hand with his right to counter/stall. Keep hold of his left arm with yours, but slide your right arm between your chest and his left upper arm, then under his neck, while moving to side control on his right. Your right arm is now in position for the choke - complete it as in 1.
 
5. From guard pass counter
 
He is passing your guard around to your right. Sit up and overhook his left arm with your right, while grabbing under his neck with your left arm like a front choke. join your hand in gable grip and cinch in tight. As he keeps coming, run your feet anticlockwise and roll underneath him, rolling him over the top of you like a rolling reversal. Keep rolling until you end up in side control on his right; your right arm will now be in position to apply the choke as in 1.
 
6. From failed guard pass counter
 
You attempt the reversal as in 5 above,  but it stalls with him in the top position. No matter, your right arm is still in position to apply the choke from underneath.. Pull his head down with your left to drive your right arm through, drive your left elbow in, grab the crook of your left elbow with your right hand, place your left hand on his back and squeeze to apply the choke.
 
The Hourglass and Showerhead teaching models
 
A common teaching model used in BJJ is the "showerhead" model; You start off in a single position and learn multiple moves from there. For example, start in X guard and show a variety of sweeps. The problem with this model is that no one gets shown how to achieve the starting position, X guard, so the students have little opportunity to apply the moves in sparring.
 
The Hourglass model, on the other hand, shows multiple ways to get into the initial position ... and then maybe one sweep or finish from there. This way students are much more likely to attain the position in sparring, and then get to use the cool sweeps, finishes, etc. Once they get good at achieving the position, then show them more moves from there.
 
More on the Hourglass teaching model:
 
 http://bjj-australia.blogspot.com/2007/07/hourglass-training-model.html
 
 

Monday, May 21, 2007

How to succeed at 21st Century Wing Chun

In response to some unoriginal and repetitive posts from Wing Chun-converted-to-MMA zealots on another forum:

How to succeed at 21st Century Wing Chun

YOUR AIM

Too many delusional losers - who we on the 21st Century Wing Chun Internet Jury (21CWCIJ) call Clueless Theoreticians (CTs) - believe the end game of training is to learn to defend yourself, become or stay fit, strong and flexible, develop self discipline, determination and persistence, and/or participate in a challenging but absorbing and enjoyable activity. Perhaps even make some friends.

FOOLS.

The aim of 21st century Wing Chun is to impress an internet jury of self appointed peers (21CWCIJ) who understand the true aims of 21st century Wing Chun, and to unremittingly and ruthlessly denigrate those who do not understand the true aims ( the CTs).

You will never meet your fellow 21CWCIJ members in meatspace. But they are more important than your family, friends, real life training partners, or life itself. Your standing with them is ALL. Without the 21CWCIJ, you are NOTHING, or - even worse - a CT.

Don't ask what the true aim is - you will be exposed as a CT, and deserving only of Unremitting Ruthless Denigration (URD) and slow roasting (to maximise the suffering) in the red heat of forum flamage by the *true* 21CWCIJ.

THE ROT MUST BE EXTERMINATED. NO MERCY FOR THE CLUELESS THEORETICIAN (CT) FOOLS!

THE METHOD

1. Forms and solo patterns are NEVER to be practiced. Their only purpose is to serve as a reason to ridicule their adherents (CTs). Use of the dummy is to invite URD as one - or, even worse, as a CT.

2. Chi sao is never to be practiced. The terms patty-cake and steering wheel contest should be used in attacking its adherents (who are of course CTs). Make up you own insults, but clear them with the 21CWCIJ first.

3. The butterfly swords and 6.5 point pole are tools of the deluded. Their adherents (CTs - is a pattern starting to present itself?) should be subjected to URD. Smashing one another with short rattan sticks, however, is an activity approved of by the 21CWCIJ.

4. You MUST crosstrain in boxing and/or Muay Thai, and wrestling and/or BJJ. There are no CTs here - all boxers, MTers, wrestlers and BJJers have IQs above 180 and calculate a couple of extra Mersenne primes before breakfast, unlike the CT's that overpopulate your own martial art, 21CWC, and must be saturation-bombed with URD at every possible opportunity.

5. Spar and fight constantly (when not posting to the forum, see 6). However, you must ONLY use WC techniques from the WC forms, dummy and chi sao, which of course you must NEVER practice (see 1, 2 above), lest the 21CWCIJ say "he's just doing crappy boxing/kickboxing - that ain't Wing Chun" and cast you into the outer darkness of CThood.

6. Post constantly on the forum (when not fighting - see 5 - though the real 21CWCIJ members apparently have no trouble doing both at the same time). Constantly and repeatedly promote at length the true aims of 21CWC, and the virtues of the 21CWCIJ. Attempt to divert all threads to these subjects (after all, other subjects should concern only CTs). Constant repetition will promote indoctrination as resistance is progressively broken (it's for their own good). If your posts do not attract any responses, feel free to reply to yourself, many times if necessary. The 21CWCIJ message cannot possibly be repeated too often, though some posting time must be set aside to burying under gigantic piles of URD any CT's with the rash temerity and fool's courage to post on the forum - the 21CWCIJ's forum.

7. Hire an assistant whose job is to carry and keep primed at all times a state of the art video camera, so that your training sessions, sparring matches and fights (which will all be the same thing as anything else but fighting and sparring - except forum posting - is a complete waste of time) can be captured. Also, they should carry a suitable PDA or equivalent so that the results can be immediately uploaded to YouTube, and the 21CWCIJ immediately informed of their presence via the forum (your second home, though a real 21CWCIJ member would claim it as his first and only).

REMEMBER

THE 21CWCIJ ARE YOUR FRIENDS.

THE CTs ARE YOUR ENEMIES! URD! URD! URD! (sing it with me) URD! URD! URD!

Saturday, March 31, 2007

JOHN WILL SEMINAR 31 MAR 2007 Shell in depth and takedowns

JOHN WILL SEMINAR 31 MAR 2007
 
The Shell - protective structure, very similar to Rodney King's Crazy Monkey.
 
With gloves - fists clenched, palm toward head, finger end of the gloves on your head at the hairline.
No gloves, hands open, palms on the forehead.
Forearms held close together, elbows down so that strikes cannot slip between them. Chin tucked, shoulders hunched.
Structure must be held firm so that angled blows cannot dislodge it. It may need to withstand elbows and headbutts as well as punches.
 
Drills
 
1. Stand on one foot, in front of a line. Partner stands in front of you with a swiss ball. You start hopping. partner tries to bump you off balance and push you back behind the line. You try to stay on balance and hold your ground. Change feet.
2. Both partners glove up. You shell up. Hop on one foot while you partner punches your shell. Same goals as the swiss ball drill. Change feet.
3. Fighting stance. Shell up. Partner attacks. First, static, then moving around.
4. Shell Up. Partner punches. Crash the puncher until both forearms and head are on his chest.
Repeat.
 
From here we launch takedowns. Both partners have left foot forward.
 
Takedowns
 
1. High single leg.

Crash in with the shell. Put your R ear on his chest, reach under his L leg with your R hand. Keep your L hand in place until the last moment to avoid getting hit. Reach down with the L hand to encircle his leg with both hands, gable grip, R hand on top. Knock him back with your R shoulder so his L leg comes up without you having to reef it off the ground. Trap his L shin/knee between your legs. Drop your weight so his supporting R leg bends and he is unable to hop to counter the takedown. Drive with your head and circle clockwise to take him down.
 
2. High Double leg.

Crash in with the shell. Penetration step with your L between his feet. Your L ear goes to the left side of his chest/hip ans you reach down with both hands to grab behind his knees. Step up with the right foot. Drive him to your left and anticlockwise over his R foot, pushing with your head and lifting up on his L leg with your R hand. Circling anticlockwise may help.
 
Practice takedowns 1, 2 so that you decide whether to follow him down to the ground or not and it is not left to chance.
 
3. Fireman's Carry.

Crash in with the shell. Get a tight overhook on his R arm with your L. Step back with your R foot and apply wizzer pressure with your L shoulder on his R arm to give yourself a little room, erode his structure and ideally get him to step forward with his L. duck under his R armpit, going down on your R knee/shin, underhook his R leg with your R arm, squeeze you elbows together to bend him over. Fall directly to your Left side (NOT your back) and take hom over his head. Keep hold of his R arm. Turn to your L to side control or headlock control.
 
To increase the speed and effectiveness of the takedown, tighten the circle by shortening its circumference. Rather than dropping to your right knee and rolling over the shin and left foot, slide the R knee through so you drop to a shinbox on your left hip instead. The circle gets tighter and the throw faster.
 
4. Side body lock / bearhug takedown.

Crash in with the shell. Circle your R arm around his waist and grab his R side with your R hand. Make sure the R side of your face is on his chest before reaching for you R hand with your L hand. Gable Grip and cinch. Drive you R knee sideways and inwards into the back of his L knee to break his balance ("Elvis leg"). Step your L leg over and around both of his and take him down like with a bearhug takedown. As he goes down, release the bodylock and raise your hands ("Hallelujah") as you go to mount. You let go and raise your hands because you do not want to hang onto the body lock and drive your head into the ground as you go down with him.
 
This takedown is arguably safer than the standard bearhug take down from the front as it offers the guy much less opportunity to base out and foil the takedown. 

The visor has advantages in that it always gets you head control (like a larp sao on the neck) and a good position for attached striking with knees, elbows, uppercuts, etc. The shell is better for sparring and sportfighting, though it will work well in the street.
 
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John said he would have done slightly different MMA related material were you [Rick] at the seminar. But I think Anthony went through some of the other material on Monday night anyway:
 
Your opponent has you in the mount, and is punching. Shell up to protect the head. Bridge/buck fast, throwing him overhead, making him post. Lasso his L arm with both of yours. Block his L foot with your R foot and bridge and roll him.
 
Your opponent is in your closed guard. He is punching. Shell up to protect the head. If/when he rises up and forward to strike, pull him in with your legs and get tight double overhooks on his arms. Open your legs and place your feet between his. Hook your insteps under his, then use your feet to stretch his legs out (either drive his feet back or push yourself back from him). Now put your hooks in in front of his thighs. Keep the overhooks. When he raises his centre of gravity, to posture up, or to try to hit you some more, use your hooks to sweep him to mount.
 
You can put the two techniques together as a continuous drill.