Monday, October 22, 2012

John Will seminar 21 Oct 2012 - ankle picks, Z guard



N.B. - I was shown much of the Z guard material by John at another seminar at George Adams' gym back in April 2012. This write-up is a mix of my notes from both seminars.


At Sifu Rick Spain's gym.

Ankle Picks,etc.


1. From collar and wrist tie. Get the wrist first, so that when you grab the collar tie he is prevented from doing the same. Say we have his R wrist with our L hand and have a collar tie with our R. Our L foot is forward. We shuffle step back and counterclockwise until we are in the "triangle" position, with our L foot, his R foot and the wrist all close together. Weight down on the wrist, and hang heavy on his neck. From here, keep you weight on his neck and drop to your knees, keeping your weight on his neck so his spine is loaded and his R foot is glued to the floor. Grab his R ankle with your L hand, immediately let go his neck, stand up on your R foot first and pick his ankle. The knee drop, ankle pick, and standup are done as fast as possible.


2. Cradle takedown. Snap him down to a front headlock under your R arm. Your R hand controls his chin. Step around clockwise until you can grab his R leg behind the knee. Keep circling clockwise, lifting his R leg and turning his head until you can put him on the ground and establish side control on his L.


3. Far ankle pick. You attempt the cradle takedown, but he moves his R foot back so you cannot grab the knee. Let your R arm grip go a little so your arm slides around his head, but you still have weight on his neck. Drop to your R knee or both knees and under him so you head is outside his L leg. Ankle pick his L foot, let go his head and stand up.


4. Near ankle pick. Same start as for the previous technique. This time, "jump the fence" by taking your chest over his head so now his head is controlled under your L arm. Let your arm slip around his neck a bit like before, then drop to you knee(s), pick his L ankle, let go the head, stand up.


Important to let go the head as soon as you have got the ankle.


Leverage


Using a little to get a lot. Works on a number of levels.


The first stage is when you learn a technique, and appreciate the leverages involved in making the technique work.


Second stage is investigating how the leverages in the technique can be applied to other techniques on the mat.


The third stage is finding how the leverages from the technique can be applied in other aspects of life. The value of this practice is working towards increased congruence between what you do and who you are.


John Will seminar 20120421


Z Guard

(21/4)

You have half guard on his R leg. He has the far side underhook and crossface.

If your feet are on the outside of his R leg, you can turn into him.

If you move them to the inside, turn onto your L hip and reach back with your R foot to snag his L leg. If you do not move on to your L hip, you cannot reach back as far with your R foot. with his R foot trapped, square up, grab his L tricep with your R hand and bridge and roll him to your R. You could trap his foot, he could go to mount and this would still work so in a way you are just preempting the bridge and roll from mount.

If he hides his L foot, move your feet back to the outside and turn onto your R hip. Drive your L knee into his R hip, extend your torso away, and work for the Z guard - L foot near his R hip to guard against footlocks, L knee on his R shoulder keeping him at bay. He should feel a need to back off a bit to keep his base. Get a dog paddle grip on his L arm with both hands to stop him crossfacing.

(21/10)

He is on his knees, you are sitting in front of him on your R butt cheek and up on you r hand. Grab his L collar with your R and slide your R foot betweeen his knees, pulling him in and yourself toward him. Hook behind his R knee with your R leg. Your L knee is up on his R ribs, fairly high so you have structure to prevent him pushing the knee down and putting his weight on you. Your L foot should be kept low, near his hip to avoid footlock attempts. You can lock the feet per closed guard (side note - Pete King showed me that the lock is much stronger when the ankles are crossed one way than when they are crossed the other - I can't remember which offhand but it is a matter of a simple experiment to find out)

Getting the back

Underhook

Your L knee can be easily replaced with your L underhook. Swim it through and come up on your R elbow, then hand. Your L ear should be on his chest. Turn to your R and use the R leg to drag his R knee to his R as you shuck his shoulder over your head with a shot put movement of your L arm. Dragging his knee out makes getting the back much easier. You probably need to release the leg hook for max effectiveness - it is dragging the knee rather than keeping the hook that is most important. Climbing onto his back can be difficult. get a seat belt grip over his R shoulder, put your weight on his R shoulder and roll him onto his R side. Get hooks, "staple" his head, etc.


Arm Rip

His R arm is over your L shin. Hold his R tricep in place on your shin with your L cupped hand and get a grip on his R sleeve with your R hand. "Rip" his sleeve to the floor similar to an arm drag, drag his knee out with your R foot as before and take the back.


"Knee push"

(didn't do this on 21/10)

As before in Z guard, his arm over your shin. Let your L knee move out to your L so it is in the crook of his R elbow. Cup his tricep between your knee and his shoulder with your L hand. Drive the L knee (do not extend your leg and push with the shin) over the top of his R elbow, pull the R arm between your bodies with your L hand as you come up on your R hand. Leg drag and take the back from here.

Kick Out

In Z guard. He overhooks your L leg with his R arm and starts pressing your L knee down to start a pass. Pull your knee toward your chest and the floor at a downward angle to free it, then circle it outside and behind him like a crescent kick, coming up on your R hand and taking his back. The knee should move at a downward angle - you don't want to knee him in the face - even for purely selfish reasons, his head getting in the way will stop you getting what you want.


Sweeps


Arm Roll

You get the underhook from Z guard as before. He overhook/wizzers your L arm with his R. Grab his R hand with your L and pin his R forearm to your chest with your L tricep/elbow/armpit. Dive your head toward his R hip and reach between his legs with your R hand, underhooking his L leg as you drive back hard with your L elbow and roll him over you to your R. Most of the power comes from your L arm/elbow, but the R adductor and R hand pushing him over also contribute. You do not take him directly to the side, rather move yourself out of the way and put him where you used to be.

(To understand a technique, you should understand the function and appropriate use of all four limbs in contributing to the technique. Also, understanding the exact angles required for proper execution of a technique is essential for mastery).


Single Leg

From Z guard, move your R foot inside his R leg - but the heel is on the floor and the toes up so you still retain some sort of grip on his shin with your foot ("hockey stick"). Drag his shin right out to your L with your R foot until his R leg is straight. Step over it with your L foot, wrap it up with both arms and do a single leg takedown on him - reaching out for his L knee and ankle will helf complete the takedown. (Similar to pulling deep half guard from Z guard and doing Jeff Glover’s “Homer Simpson” sweep on him, except that you are using an effective shortcut of that).


Back Rolling Sweep

From Z guard, R hand grabs his pants near the knee, L hand grabs his L sleeve. Come up on your R elbow and push his L hand out to his L to encourage him to push back. Roll back, bring your L hand in a big circle around to your L hip as you load him up on your L shin. Kick back overhead and roll back over your L shoulder holding on with the R hook so his bodyweight pulls you over the top and into half guard top.

Even if a technique seems difficult or weird at first, perseverance furthers - practising it can take you places you haven't been before and expands your experience and capabilities.

Submissions

Kimura

From the Z guard with your hands in dog paddle position on his L arm, cup his tricep near his shoulder with your L hand. Your R hand is near his wrist. Collapse your L leg and pull his shoulder down to your chest with your L hand. Your R elbow lifts up to completely isolate his R hand, stopping him from grabbing his belt or doing other defence. Get the kimura grip. Move your hips to the R and get the lockdown on his R leg (or 21/10, just move both feet to the inside of his R leg. Keep moving to the R and turning on your L hip until his L shoulder is on the floor. This takes all the play out of the shoulder and the kimura comes on very quickly. Go slow and smooth when practising - in this position, there is no play in the shoulder at all and sudden or jerky movements may result in injury.

Spin-under Omoplata from Z guard

He overhooks your L thigh with his R arm in an attempt to smash your knees down and pass. Grab his R sleeve with your L hand, under the leg. Move your hips away from him, take your R leg out from between his and put it on the outside of his R knee. Do a little situp and move your head toward him. At the same time, pull your R elbow underneath your body, get on your R shoulder, come up on your R toes and duck your head under to spin under to the inverted position. You are now in a position to roll forward, drive his R shoulder to the mat with your hips, and sit up for the omoplata.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Motivation


Yesterday, Felix Baumgartner took his Big Step, plummeting from a weather balloon 39 kilometers above the Earth, reaching a top speed of 1342 km/h on his way down.



On the same day, a number of the world's elite Jiu Jitsu athletes competed in an invitational, win by submission only, tournament called Metamoris.

Close to home, two suspected drug dealers were shot, one dying, while sitting in a Mercedes in the Western suburbs. Another two individuals were found dead in their car after it ran off the road, suspected of succumbing to the fumes of the alleged precursor chemicals they were carrying.

A divide, or a spectrum? Whichever, I know on which side or end of it I want to be.

Punch today in the face. Or choke it out. Do something awesome.

Monday, July 30, 2012

Jean Jacques Machado seminar 28 July 2012

The seminar was held at Kyoshi George Adams' dojo in Lakemba. There was a no gi session in the morning which I did not attend. The afternoon session was for gi. Darko Zaric was the only other Lange's MMA person there, save for Simon Farnsworth and a fair number of his students. Henry Cho and Matt Klein were there from Rick Spain's, also David and Jake Suker from Bargo. Probably not the greatest timing for Lange students as Kurt Heinrich's wedding was on the same day, as was a big Wing Chun grading at Rick Spain's.




I didn't do a head count, but there were probably around 50 attendees. Had to watch out for flying bodies during some of the sweep drilling. It went for over two and a half hours - good value - and there was a LOT to remember.



Techniques

1. Standing. Grab his R sleeve with your L hand - Judo grip on the seam under the elbow - and his L collar with your L hand. If you get grips and he doesn't, just use the collar to drag him down to the ground. If he gets grips, jump both of your feet on top of his, sit down and pull him into your closed guard.

2. Like 1 but spin on your back to an armbar. If you feel his weight pushing in roll him onto his back and complete the armbar there.

3.  Like 1 for grips. Step off to your L and block his L hip with your R foot. Now pull guard and spin to armbar.

4. Same grips. R foot in his hip. Sit down to pull guard, let go his sleeve and grab his R ankle with your L hand. Reap his L leg with yours to reap sweep him, finishing in top half guard.

5. Closed guard. Holding his L sleeve and L collar as before. Open your guard by getting on your left hip and putting your L foot on his hip outside his R arm. Bring your R knee up so it is on his L shoulder between his chest and L arm, put your R foot on his L hip and square up again. Squeeze your knees together to control him. Pretty much whatever he tries with his L arm will give you an opportunity to move your head and body to the R, clamp down across his back with your R leg and put your L leg over his head for an armbar. The grip on his L collar allows you to keep him away and prevent the stack by pushing on his neck with your fist.

6. From closed guard, get a grip on his R sleeve and R (not L) collar. Get your L foot on his hip similar to before, but this time, move your hips out further to the R, stay on your L side and get your R foot in his L bicep. You want him to be twisted so his R shoulder is forward and L shoulder back - it is much easier for him to free his L arm if you let him square up.

7. From 6 - if his L arm drops low, slip your R foot off his arm and throw your R leg over his head for a triangle. Get the crook of your L knee over your shin, not over your foot.

8. If his L arm goes high from 6, move your head to the R and drive his L bicep over his head and to your L for a foot in bicep sweep. If you keep moving your head out to the R and reposition your legs as he falls, you can catch him in an armbar as he hits the floor.

9. Similar to 8, but instead of sweeping him use your R foot to pass his L arm to your L hook behind his back. Square back up to him. Set up a triangle by putting your R leg over his neck, or bring his R arm across to go to his back.

10. Your opponent is in your guard on his L knee with his R knee up. Grip both sleeves and put your R foot on his hip to block him coming forward for a knee through pass. Your L leg gets the outside hook on his R leg and hooks under your L ankle. He is pretty much stuck here. Now you can:

  • sweep him to the left
  • sweep him to the right
  • lift him forward like a front sweep, then sweep him left or right - with an additional option for the helicopter armbar from here

11. He is standing with his R foot forward. Get the outside hook with your L leg and grab his R foot with your  L hand for the DLR guard. Reach up and grab his belt with your R hand. Spin under him toward his back and sweep him backwards over you (?)

12. Get DLR guard as per 11 and grab the belt. Make sure your L DLR hook is deep, all the way over to his L hip. Get your R hook in behind his R knee and get around behind him. Pull on his belt, kick his feet forward and set up your back control and hooks.

13. From closed guard, you have his R sleeve with your L hand, punch it over to your R and grab it from underneath with your R hand. Get your L shin across his torso, and come up on your elbow to grab his belt or lat. Roll back and reverse basic sweep him to your L. Keep your R grip on his arm as you turn face down to side control, use your head to pin him as you consolidate your position.

14. From 13, if he moves his L knee out wide and sinks his base to counter the sweep, bring your R foot up to his L knee. Take your L knee out and pull him toward you and to your R as you kick his L knee away with your R foot. You already have your R hook in as he falls forward. Lift your hips then get your L hook in as you go to his back. If you don't move your hips first, you won't be able to climb on his back as easily.

15. Like 14, but rather than kick his L knee away, push off it with your R foot to get your hips up near his R elbow. Turn to your R and chase his elbow with your hips to get the armbar. It is better to chase the elbow with your hips than worry about getting your L leg over his face. You may turn face down or even further, onto your L side to finish the armbar.

16. You are head to head and have sprawled on him. Get your R arm around his neck and grip his R collar underneath him, palm down with four fingers in. Your R bicep stays on the back of his neck as you drive your head under his chest between his R arm and thigh, and grab his R thigh with your  L arm. Come up on your L foot and use it to roll to your R, rolling him over his R shoulder and onto his back. You have your head on his stomach like a pillow. Move your hips closer to his and hook his R leg with your L to choke him.

17. From 16, if he lifts his L knee to stop the roll, come up on your other foot and roll forward over him to the same position.

18. From the sprawl, move to his R side and drive your L knee into the space between his R elbow and knee. Move to side/back. Grab his L collar with your L hand, but not so deep as to get rolled. Keep your weight well off to his R side for the same reason. Use your R fist and foot to extract his R arm and trap it in crucifix position. Use the collar to pull him back towards you and roll over your R shin until he is face up in the crucifix position. Turn on your L side. Get your R thumb in his L collar, but don't just grab the collar - instead hold it open with the L hand, get your R thumb in and slide it toward his neck, getting it deep as possible before sinking the grip.

(there was a five minute drinks break where I scribbled notes frantically)





19. Opening the legs from closed guard - grab both collars with your L hand. Keep the grip and turn your hand face up. Your R hand grabs his belt or pants, with your R elbow directly on top of his thigh. As you move your knee into the centre and come up on the other foot, be mindful to shift your COG so that your head is over his shoulder rather than his face.

20. Standing guard pass. Grab his R sleeve with your L hand and pin it to his chest. Use your L fist below it to keep it in place. Your R hand grabs pants or belt as in 19. Stand up L foot first in good posture,keeping hold of the sleeve as you unlock his guard. When his legs open move back and keep your elbows on your thighs.

After this, everybody wrestled. JJM wrestled with two black belts, including Richard Sargeant,, a couple of kids, and a purple belt who put up some pretty good opposition, but JJM subbed them all.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Handedness


I first learned the Peruvian Necktie  (a type of choke applied to a turtled opponent) a couple of years ago. I understood it during the lesson, but found it a bit awkward to apply and never pursued it.

Fast forward to last week. We practised a few attacks to a turtled opponent, including the anaconda choke, and among the progression of techniques was the Peruvian Necktie. This time, the instructor demonstrated it, and we practised it, on the opposite side to that shown by the instructor who had first showed it to me. This time, it seemed really straightforward and easy. One of the harder parts of the technique is getting the second leg over your opponent's back, so he can't roll forward or jump over the leg to escape. On the side I learned it on first, I felt really unco. But this time, it all just seemed to flow beautifully.

So, if something isn't working for you on one side, try it on the other side before giving up on it.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Carlos Machado seminar 10 May 2012

Carlos Machado seminar 10 May 2012

Langes MMA Artarmon. About 35 attendees. Started at 6 pm and finished about ten to nine, and then only because Anthony suggested some of us might have had jobs to go to in the morning. Great seminar, loved every minute of it.

MAT FIVE!!!

Posture in Closed Guard

"Thumbs up" - Forearms on his body, loose vertical fists with thumbs up. This structure prevents him from grabbing the collar and pulling you down, breaking your posture.

Standing Guard Pass

If you face him front on, it is easy for him to control you. So start working to get an angle, facing on of his shoulders rather than facing him directly.

If he has his R hand in your R collar, shift your weight slightly to the left and take a circular step out with your R foot and post on it. Don't step up on your L foot, instead turn to your L and let that movement pull your L knee off the mat. Use your R knee to drive into his hips and make him uncomfortable, stressing his ankle lock and starting to open the legs. Your arms are still in thumbs up posture.

"Shakey-shakey" - small lateral steps from side to side as you move slowly back. Elbows remain in. You can maybe push on his R knee with your L hand but keep your elbows in tight. When his legs open, drop to the "holding the tray" posture - elbows are in on the thighs, palms up as if ... holding a tray. This prevents him getting his feet on your hips, pulling your arms out, etc etc. You can now start to set up your pass.

This method of standing up in the guard should place very little stress on your lower back.

As you have restricted a number of his options, a common reaction on his part will be to try and work to de la Riva guard on your R leg (because you are at an angle, your L leg is too far away for him to try DLR guard on it). He will grab your R foot and start coming around. Use "The Rapper" to stop this - your elbows stay on your knees, but your hands and forearms pivot up and down and around. Your L hand blocks his R leg, preventing its foot from pushing on your knee. You can either push it down, or hook it with your L arm and lift it. You might even be able to weave your head underneath it. The R hand reaches down between your legs to block him getting his L de la Riva hook in.

From here, two passes:

Keep blocking his DLR hooks with The Rapper. Lift the toes of your R foot and turn the knee out, pivoting on the heel, with the body following. He may adjust and you may take a few attempts. Once you reach “3 o’clock” change your level, dropping down on both knees, with your R knee going over his  L thigh, pinning it to the floor. You should be able to work the knee-through pass from here.

Trap the back of his L calf in the crook of your L elbow. You can angle your head away to your L. Lift his R leg and cause it to straighten by pushing on the knee with your R hand - you need to consider angles as he may be turning his knee inward to make it more difficult for you to lift the leg. Flaring the elbow out while lifting the leg also greatly helps. Keep lifting and stepping clockwise into him with your L foot until his leg is straight and you can push your hip into it. From here you should find it fairly easy to pass around/under his L leg. If you need to free your R foot from his L grip to complete the pass, grab his grip itself with your R hand, then kick/pull your foot free. You should now have passed.

Also try to get double underhooks on both legs, which obviously sets up the double leg pass.

Side control

In side control, “tame the beast” by getting the crossface and far underhook. Turn the hands to face up. As he attempts to hip escape, lift both his head and far shoulder, and keep chasing his hip with yours. It’s not how hard you pin his upper body but how well you control his hip with yours that makes for good control on the side. 

If he gets the far underhook (in this example you have side control on his R and his L arm is underhooking your R), pin his neck and head to the floor with your L elbow, and try to swim your R arm so that you now have the underhook. Then return to “taming the beast”.

Getting the mount

From side control, you need to get a “broken wing”, separating his near side elbow from his body, so he cannot do an elbow/knee escape. You could then slide a knee across his torso in preparation for going to the mount. 

If he is blocking your knee through with his leg(s) when you have side control on his R, use “the controller”. Your R arm comes back from the underhook position to slide back over his hips, with your elbow on his L hip. This creates a buffer to create space for your R knee to get in. Moving it in (slightly toward his head) then back out will give you the best chance of forcing your R knee in. You can bring your L knee up as well to get a double knee ride and to force the broken wing. but drive your R knee to the floor, then slap the shin to prevent his getting half guard. If your shin gets stuck on his hips by his legs, free it by taking your head over to his right, which will then allow you to rotate it out and shin slap on the mat.

Control the far elbow and pull it up and you transition to the mount to prevent elbow/knee escape 

He may turn completely away from you to avoid the kneeride and mount. If this happens, bring your L elbow in front of his face and use it to pull his head back towards you. Put your chest on his near shoulder to flatten him out. Grab his far knee and straighten him up as you step over to mount.

Choke from mount - jackhammer, elbow slice, angle, unequal grips, head position, dealing with “judo man”, stopping the B&R, if he rolls you, tell the secret, pull the rope

If you feel unstable when you get mount, the best way to stop the guy from getting you off him is to keep him fully occupied with unrelenting attack.

Cross Collar choke from mount

If he is protecting his neck tightly with his hands, it can be difficult to get them in. Get both hands on a leopard paw / ginger fist and “jackhammer” them through the defence, driving both hands through his hands one side at a time repeatedly until you can get grips on the collars. Get the first hand in, fingers inside, the second hand over the top, thumb inside. Drive the jackhammer from the shoulders, not just the biceps/triceps.

As with the guard pass, you do not want to stay square on to the guy. Take your head off to the side at an angle, the side that your top (thumb in) hand is pointing to. The pull with the arms should not necessarily be symmetrical either. Put your head on the floor off to that side. You can come up slightly on the foot on the other side for better base.

If he blocks the choke with his arms so his elbow are up, use your chest and shoulders to move them away. Get your head closer to the floor so you do not face or head plant too violently if he tries to bridge and roll. 

If he does try to bridge and roll, he should only be able to go one way, because your weight is off to the side. You can stop him from rolling you by pulling hard on the collar with the underneath arm and posting on the fist of the top arm.

If you get your R hand in first, fingers in, but he blocks you getting your second hand in by blocking his L side of his neck with his L hand, use the “elbow slicer” to remove the hand. Take your L elbow under his hand and slice it back, pulling the hand across to your L, giving you the space to get your R hand in to complete the grips for the choke.

Some guys will cross their hands to stop you getting the choke grips, a configuration Carlos calls the “judo man”. In this case, with his R hand on top, put your L hand on his elbow, R hand on the wrist, and drive put with bodyweight as if going for the figure 4. This should allow you space to get the first hand into his collar.

If he does manage to roll you while you have choke grips, do not lie flat, instead use your arms to pull your head up close to his ear and “tell him a secret.” He will find it much harder to get posture.

From here, instead of trying to finish the choke the usual way by pulling your elbows back and down, Instead, “pull the rope”, pretending you have a loop of rope around his neck and you are pulling the ends outward to try and straighten it and choke him.

MAT FIVE!!!

Saturday, April 21, 2012

John Will seminar 20120421 - Z guard

John Will seminar 20120421

Z Guard

(21/4)

You have half guard on his R leg. He has the far side underhook and crossface.

If your feet are on the outside of his R leg, you can turn into him.

If you move them to the inside, turn onto your L hip and reach back with your R foot to snag his L leg. If you do not move on to your L hip, you cannot reach back as far with your R foot. with his R foot trapped, square up, grab his L tricep with your R hand and bridge and roll him to your R. You could trap his foot, he could go to mount and this would still work so in a way you are just preempting the bridge and roll from mount.

If he hides his L foot, move your feet back to the outside and turn onto your R hip. Drive your L knee into his R hip, extend your torso away, and work for the Z guard - L foot near his R hip to guard against footlocks, L knee on his R shoulder keeping him at bay. He should feel a need to back off a bit to keep his base. Get a dog paddle grip on his L arm with both hands to stop him crossfacing.

(21/10)

He is on his knees, you are sitting in front of him on your R butt cheek and up on you r hand. Grab his L collar with your R and slide your R foot betweeen his knees, pulling him in and yourself toward him. Hook behind his R knee with your R leg. Your L knee is up on his R ribs, fairly high so you have structure to prevent him pushing the knee down and putting his weight on you. Your L foot should be kept low, near his hip to avoid footlock attempts. You can lock the feet per closed guard (side note - Pete King showed me that the lock is much stronger when the ankles are crossed one way than when they are crossed the other - I can't remember which offhand but it is a matter of a simple experiment to find out)

Getting the back

Underhook

Your L knee can be easily replaced with your L underhook. Swim it through and come up on your R elbow, then hand. Your L ear should be on his chest. Turn to your R and use the R leg to drag his R knee to  his R as you shuck his shoulder over your head with a shot put movement of your L arm. Dragging his knee out makes getting  the back much easier. You probably need to release the leg hook for maximum effectiveness - it is dragging the knee rather than keeping the hook that is most important. Climbing onto his back can be difficult. get a seat belt grip over his R shoulder, put your weight on his  R shoulder and roll him onto his R side. Get hooks, "staple" his head, etc.

Arm Rip

His R arm is over your L shin. Hold his R tricep in place on your shin with your L cupped hand and get a grip on his R sleeve with your R hand. "Rip" his sleeve to the floor similar to an arm drag, drag his knee out with your R foot as before and take the back.

"Knee push"

(didn't do this on 21/10)

As before in Z guard, his arm over your shin. Let your L knee move out to your L so it is in the crook of his R elbow. Cup his tricep between your knee and his shoulder with your L hand. Drive the L knee (do not extend your leg and push with the shin) over the top of his R elbow, pull the R arm between your bodies with your L hand as you come up on your R hand. Leg drag and take the back from here.

Kick Out 

In Z guard. He overhooks your L leg with his R arm and starts pressing your L knee down to start a pass. Pull your knee toward your chest and the floor at a downward angle to free it, then circle it outside  and behind him like a crescent kick, coming up on your R hand and taking his back. The knee should move at a downward angle - you don't want to knee him in the face - even for purely selfish reasons, his head getting in the way will stop you getting what you want.

Sweeps

Arm Roll

You get the underhook from Z guard as before. He overhook/wizzers your L arm with his R. Grab his R hand with your L and pin his R forearm to your chest with your L tricep/elbow/armpit. Dive your head toward his R hip and reach between his legs with your R hand, underhooking his L leg as you drive back hard with your L elbow and roll him over you to your R. Most of the power comes from your L arm/elbow, but the R adductor and R hand pushing him over also contribute. You do not take him directly to the side, rather move yourself out of the way and put him where you used to be.

(To understand a technique, you should understand the function and appropriate use of all four limbs in contributing to the technique. Also, understanding the exact angles required for proper execution of a technique is essential for mastery). 

Single Leg

From Z guard, move your R foot inside his R leg -  but the heel is on the floor and the toes up so you still retain some sort of grip on his shin with your foot ("hockey stick"). Drag his shin right out to your L with your R foot until his R leg is straight. Step over it with your L foot, wrap it up with both arms and do a single leg takedown on him - reaching out for his L knee and ankle will helf complete the takedown. (Similar to pulling deep half guard from Z guard and doing Jeff Glover’s “Homer Simpson” sweep on him, except that you are using an effective shortcut of that).

Back Rolling Sweep

From Z guard, R hand grabs his pants near the knee, L hand grabs his L sleeve. Come up on your R elbow and push his L hand out to his L to encourage him to push back. Roll back, bring your L hand in a big circle around to your L hip as you load him up on your L shin. Kick back overhead and roll back over your L shoulder holding on with the R hook so his bodyweight pulls you over the top and into half guard top.

Even if a technique seems difficult or weird at first, perseverance furthers -  practising it take you places you haven't been before and expands your experience and capabilities.

Submissions

Kimura

From the Z guard with your hands in dog paddle position on his L arm, cup his tricep near his shoulder with your L hand. Your R hand is near his wrist. Collapse your L leg and pull his shoulder down to your chest with your L hand. Your R elbow lifts up to completely isolate his R hand, stopping him from grabbing his belt or doing other defence. Get the kimura grip. Move your hips to the R and get the lockdown on his R leg. Keep moving to the R and turning on your L hip until his L shoulder is on the floor. This takes all the play out of the shoulder and the kimura comes on very quickly.  Go slow and smooth when practising - in this position, there is no play in th shoulder at all and jerky movements may result in injury.

Spin-under Omoplata from Z guard

He overhooks your L thigh with his R arm in an attempt to smash your knees down and pass. Grab his R sleeve with your L hand, under the leg. Move your hips away from him, take your R leg out from between his and put it on the outside of his R knee. Do a little situp and move your head toward him. At the same time, pull your R elbow underneath your body, get on your R shoulder, come up on your R toes and duck your head under to spin under to the inverted position. You are now in a position to roll forward, drive his R shoulder to the mat with your hips, and sit up for the omoplata.
  

Thursday, March 29, 2012

John Will Seminar 25 Mar 2012 - Guard Passing

John Will Seminar 25th March 2012 - guard passing


Some stand up to warm up

Use the "watch grip" to set up an underhook. Your right hand grabs his left wrist from the top with your thumb around his wrist on the pinkie side. With a regular grip, he can pull his hand straight back against the thumb. With the watch grip, he has to circle to the outside, thus giving you a window to grab the underhook. Grab his trap/deltoid, avoid "first date" underhooks.

You get the underhook with your R on his L - control his other wrist as well to stop the punch. Your head controlling his, your hips pressing on his leg.

He wizzers (counters with an overhook). Slide your underhook hand off his shoulder onto his tricep. 3/4 step backward with you L foot and drag him around with shoulder pressure - his head will drop, giving you a guillotine choke with your L arm around his neck.

Standard guillotine defence. His L arm is around your neck. Get your R arm over his L shoulder. Press on his knee. He lifts up, go with him, pressing on the knee to stop pressure on your neck. Drop down to his side and "Elvis leg" his L leg so he falls back. You end up in side control on his L. Join your hands around his neck and trap his hand inside. Tripod up on your toes and drive your shoulder into his neck for a choke.

To prevent the standard guillotine defence, alter the choke. If your R arm is around his neck and under his throat, the R palm is up, S grip with the L hand, and put the L elbow and forearm on his R shoulder. This stops him getting his R arm over your L shoulder for the standard guillotine defence.

Back to the underhook with your R. He squares up to you. Step R foot across, L leg slightly behind, and sweep his L leg back with your R leg like an uchi-mata. His head will drop as his leg is lifted, giving you a chance at a guillotine choke.

Underhook. He wizzers. Slide the hand down to his tricep, step back slightly and drop levels, pulling him down. You should have a gap for an arm drag on his L arm with your L hand.

Guard Passing

Closed guard. "Don't die!" The onus is on him to do something, not you. Get good posture. You can defend until he makes a mistake. PATIENCE. Be prepared to go back a few steps and regroup rather than run fast and hope.

Using your weight is as important in passing as it is in holding side control, but few people do it.

Grab his R sleeve with your L hand and drive it into his lower abdomen. Grab both collars with your R hand. As his R arm is controlled, you can stand up on your L foot without him being able to grab it. Stand up on the other foot and hide that leg by putting the knee behind his butt and hamstring. Keep hold of the sleeve and lapels and stand up tall in "super posture". When his legs open step back to "sumo stance" - legs slightly bent, elbows on thighs stopping him from getting his feet in your hips, hands with inside control inside his knees.

"Walk around” pass

From sumo stance, put your R hand on his L hip. Put your L hand on his R knee and drive it to the floor, Put your weight on the L hand and walk around to your L until you are perpendicular to him, your feet well away so he cannot hook them with feet or hands. From here, you want to get an underhook. He will probably be setting up an underhook with his L arm on your R as you try to pass, so getting the far side (R) underhook may be hard. He will not so often be expecting you to go for the near side underhook on his R arm. When you go, push his L hip with your R and his L thigh with your R elbow to flatten him out, drive in with your R knee, and start digging for that underhook with your L on his R arm. When you get it, drive your shoulder and all your weight into it. He may try to turn toward you. Put your head on the floor on your L of his head, walk your toes up so your hips go up in the air, post on your head and jump over to side control on his L side with his R arm underhooked.
If you get the far side underhook during the pass, you are set. No need for the jump over.

Mount Pass

You attempt the walkaround pass going to your L. He brings his L knee up to block the pass. Sprawl on his L knee with your abdomen, flattening his knees to the floor. Your R knee is behind his butt, your L hip and weight are on his legs

Arms are in tight, fight for underhooks. If you can't go to mount, step off with your L leg and go to side control on his L. He will have been expecting a pass to his R and will have his defenses there, so a sudden change of direction to pass to his L and his back may succeed.

Against butterfly/hooks guard

Normally when facing butterfly guard you feel a need to spread your knees wide for base. Instead, pinch your knees together, capturing his ankles and restricting his ability to use his hooks. If both his knees go to one side, sprawl on them and perform the mount pass as above.

If you can't push his knees together and he manages to keep them wide, come up on your R foot so your shin is vertical and cross swords, getting your R shin to the inside of his L shin. Pinch his R ankle between your knees so he cannot turn on his side or hip escape. Grab the back of his R shin with your L hand. Grab his L ankle/instep with your R hand. Encourage and frustrate him to move his L leg around in an attempt to break your grip. When you can and an opening presents itself, underhook his L thigh with your R arm and drive your L shoulder into his L hip - shoulder control, facing toward his feet. Fall onto your L hip, pinning his R leg, holding it with your L hand. Once you get past his knee, and particularly if you feel his hands trying to block your back or hips, flip your R leg back toward his head and turn face up. This crushes any block he may attempt. Flip back and drive your R knee into his stomach. arms are in ready for the underhook war. flipping upside down makes it almost impossible for him to set up the near side underhook and you will probably get it. Pin his R arm, head post,jump over and get side control with the underhook on his L.

Against Half Guard

You are in top half guard with his R leg inside. Pinch your knees together to control his leg and restrict his hip movement. arms are in tight. Your head goes to his L hip, your L shoulder into his stomach. Turn half on your L side, pinch your thighs trying to "cut his leg in half", come up on your toes with your hips off the ground so all your weight is on your shoulder (and his solar plexus).This prevents him from bridging. Start digging for underhooks. Once you get one, control the arm and his head, your head on the floor. Bring your L foot up and place it inside and on top of his R knee. You L knee goes on the ground out wide. Come up on your R toes, using your L foot and weight to keep his R knee on the floor. You should now have plenty of room to slide your R knee through between your L knee and his R hip. If you have the far side underhook, consolidate side control on his R. If you have the near side underhook, headstand and jump over to side control with the underhook on his L side as before.

Going to mount

You have side control on his R side. You control his head with a crossface with your L arm and have underhooked his L arm with your R. He is blocking your moves to mount with his R knee up and giving you no gaps.

Walk your knees around towards his feet pushing against his R hip and thigh with your R hip and thigh, so that his knees are pushed toward the floor on his L and he is lying in his L hip. Thread your R arm behind his R thigh and in front of his L, cupping his L thigh near the knee with your L hand. Walk your knees back around to your R until you are perpendicular to him again. Put your head on the floor on his L side. Slide your R knee over his stomach and onto the floor - keep the shin across his stomach for now. Stand up on your L foot, and "shin slap" your R shin to the floor, thus avoiding the half guard. Immediately after that, sprawl your weight onto his R shoulder so as to flatten him out. Consolidate the mount.

There s no such thing as a non-technical move. Every move can be broken down into specific steps, and often those steps can be broken down further, and their execution improved to improve the total outcome.