Sunday, October 18, 2009

John Will Seminar 18 Oct 2009 - Getting the back, back attacks

Getting the Back

Warm up with standing arm drag drill, but modified so it sets up the seat belt or choke. If dragging his R arm, control his R arm with your L and reach under and past his arm and shoulder with your R hand so you can see the palm of your hand over his shoulder. Grab his arm near the shoulder and jerk him down as you step in. Rather than wrapping his waist with your R arm, instead jolt him with your bicep and forearm in a V. To form the V, grab his L trap with your R fingers and you move behind him. Grab his waist in a friction grip with your L arm to stop him turning into you. The V sets you up for either the RNC or the seat belt / harness from behind.  

1. Arm drag when passing opponent's hooks in guard

You are kneeling, he has his hooks in guard. Stand up to pass; he should sit up. Arm drag his R arm, step your R foot "in the hole" between his hooks, and spin around his R side, getting the V as above, sitting down behind him and getting your second hook in. If you can set it up by controlling his R wrist with your L hand as, or before you stand up, that will make the arm drag much easier.

2. Getting the back from half guard

You have half guard on his R leg. He has his R underhook on your L arm and his L elbow is on the L side of your head. His arms can encircle your L arm. Both your feet should be between his legs. Use your R heel on his R heel to push his R leg straight and push his R heel to the mat. Move your L leg to the outside and get your L hook in. Now use your R knee and L hook to bump him overhead, get your L knee out to the side and "stick the hook". Grab his pants low on his L leg with your R hand, grab his gi at the back with your L hand and lift him up with your hands and L hook until you can get your R hook in. Use the Superman Sweep action to stretch him out and take him off to your L, face down, his body extended. "Kill the fly" with you R foot over his back, and wait for him to move so you can get your R hook in and consolidate back control.

Superman Sweep -  You have two hooks in. Sit up and get double underhooks, joining your hands behind his back. Rock back so you are flat, and pull you joined arms overhead so as to stretch his arms over his head, and at the same time push his thighs with your hooks to straighten his legs - pinch his torso with your knees throughout so he cannot just jump off your hooks. He is now extended with no base, and you can sweep him to either side fairly easily. If you want him to go to one particular side, extend that side more. (Note to self - consider pushing with one hook and pulling with the other for extra torque in all hook sweeps). 

3. Stocks control, hook sweep

You have hooks in guard on him. Sit up and reach over his R shoulder with your R arm and grab his belt. Use your R elbow to hold his head down on the mat under your R tricep, a bit like a bad guillotine attempt. You can hold his belt with both hands. Pull your hips up so if he tried to disengage hie lifts you as well. Make it so he has to put his hands on the mat to try and push up and get posture. When he does this, underhook his L arm with your R, and join your hands in a Gable grip, R palm facing away. Push his R leg with your L hook, lift with your R hook and sweep him to your L. Leave your R leg in half guard; push on the mat with your L hand and lift him up to sitting, cranking his head forward, perhaps standing up on your L foot. He will want to free his R hand from your L side and bring it between the two of you; once he does that you are free to spin around his R side to his back.

4. From Mount

Fake an Americana / upper figure 4 attempt by pushing down on his R forearm with both your arms locked straight. Let him roll to his R to defend and move to side mount, sliding your R knee up behind his head. Slide your L arm under his L arm, slide your R arm under his neck and join hands to get the seat belt control. move your R shin in next to his body. Lift him up  and back to give yourself enough room  to slide your shin underneath his torso and get the back. Put your hooks in.


Back Attacks

1. Cross Lapel Choke

You have the seat belt grip, L arm under his L arm and R arm over his R arm, and hooks in. Open his L collar with your L hand and slide your R thumb in as deep as possible. Grab his R collar with your L hand. Pull down HARD with your L hand to remove all slack in the collar this is the key to the choke. Don't pull you elbows out, but rather pull the L hand down hard and pull the R elbow back.

If you can't get a good enough grip with one or both hands, bring your  L hook around the back of his L knee, straighten your R leg and kick him off to your R so he ends up on his R side. Hip escape away from him so you can put your R knee into his back, ideally at the same level as your hands are on the front of his body. You can now use the knee to press into his back and finish the choke.  You can use either or both knees in his back, but using the right knee allows you to throw it over to mount if something fails.

2. Head/Arm Choke / Kata Gatame

You have the seat belt grip, L arm under his L arm and R arm over his R arm, and hooks in. Lie back so his hips are off the ground. Bring your  L hook around the back of his L knee, straighten your R leg and kick him off to your R. Change your grip from Gable to S/monkey grip. Turn towards him, but at the same time move away, until he is flat on his back, and you are face down with your arms encircling his head and L arm with his L shoulder next to your L ear. Get your L hip and forehead head on the mat posting slighly on your R foot. Press your L shoulder down from here to finish the choke. Works best no gi but will work with gi as well.

3. Clock Choke

You have the seat belt grip, L arm under his L arm and R arm over his R arm, and hooks in.  Open his L collar with your L hand and slide your R thumb in as deep as possible. If his L hand tries to grab your R forearm to defend, lie back so his hips are off the ground, grab his L wrist with your L hand. Bring your  L hook around the back of his L knee, straighten your R leg and kick him off to your R. Turn onto your stomach, place your chest on the back of his head and neck and put your forehead on the mat. Pull up to choke, and if necessary walk around to midnight. Best if he ends up flat on his stomach but it doesn't really matter.

4. Crucifix control, arm trap

You have the seat belt grip, L arm under his L arm and R arm over his R arm, and hooks in. Lie back so his hips are off the ground. Put your feet on his hips and push him down so that you can sit up. put your R leg over his R arm and trap it, taking it out of the game. Move around to his L to get a slight angle on him. You now have two arms to use against his one and can collar choke him with your R hand while gripping his L arm with your L hand. The position of his R arm means he is now also vulnerable to armbars, reverse triangles, etc. etc.

5. Turn the Corner armbar and grip break

You have the seat belt grip, L arm under his L arm and R arm over his R arm, and hooks in. Lie back so his hips are off the ground. Put your feet on his hips and push him down so that you can sit up. You can move around to his L, and slip your R arm over his head, exposing his L arm. Throw your R leg over his head and the arm bar is there. If he joins his hands to defend, slide your R forearm through under his L arm and grab your L thigh with your R hand. Reach for and underhook his L knee  with your L hand, fall on your L side and allow him to sit up He won't be able to sit up all the way because you have his leg. Explosively extend your hips, pushing his head back to the mat to break the grip and set up the armbar.

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