Sunday, September 18, 2016

More Jiu Jitsu Flow drills from Rick Spain

1. Your partner is kneeling, torso vertical. You are in turtle position, on his left next to him, facing the same direction. Roll to your R over your R shoulder to finish with him between your legs in a loose guard. Roll to the other side to end up in turtle on his R side. Repeat on the other side. Repeat.

2. You are on your back. He has a loose side control ("table top") on your R side with both his elbows on your far side.  You have you R elbow in his L hip, L arm underhooked under his R armpit. Swing your legs in a pendulum fashion similar to the crossover escape from front control. Use the momentum to come out the far side (on his R), coming up on your R elbow to your knees, roughly parallel to him on his R. He then shoulder rolls to put you in his guard. Repeat.

(Not sure if I remembered that one (2) correctly. You could make it a continuous drill by you coming out from under as above, then he shoulder rolls to guard, then you pass his guard (somehow - basic pass, knee through, etc.) to end up in side control. Then it's his turn.)

3. You are kneeling, torso vertical. Your partner is turtled on your left. He shoulder rolls to his R to put you in his guard as in drill 1. Catch his L leg with your R hand, pin his R knee to the floor with your L and initiate a knee-through pass over his R thigh with your L knee. Switch onto your L hip, keeping control of his R leg with your L shin. Pull/push his L leg down so you can hook it with the back of your L shin. Triangle your L shin with your R knee and come to your knees, trapping his L leg with yours. Roll over your L shoulder over him towards his legs for a Twister Roll. You should end up behind him, grab his belt or collar, get your R hook in on his R leg and secure a seatbelt control with your arms. Let him out. His turn. Repeat, keep swapping.

4. You have mount. His arms are up in the "scared little girl" position protecting his neck. Grip both his sleeves with the C finger grip, but the thumbs not involved, Now put your hands on his wrists so the fingers are in one side and the thumb on the other. Pop up to your feet, but stay fairly low, pulling his arms straight, flaring them out. Trap his L arm with your R shin. Stay up on your L foot. Manipulate his R arm, bending his it into a kimura position over your L knee. Secure the kimura grip and apply the submission. Repeat.

5. Same starting position as for 4. Pin his L arm with your R shin and manipulate his R arm into the kimura position as before. Post on your L arm and R foot, control his L elbow with your R arm and take your L foot over his head to the R side of his head. Push with your L arm and roll him to your R so he ends up on his stomach, Your R foot on the mat controlling the descent, until you finish in an omoplata position  with his L arm trapped with him face down to your L. Adjust your position and apply the omoplata finish. Always roll backwards to undo the omoplata for safety, after you get the tap.

6. Same start as for 4 and 5. Get his arm bent as for the kimura. This time, reach under your L leg with your L arm to grab the back of his collar. Fall onto your L hip and roll across your back, taking your L shin over his head next to his R ear as you roll. You may be able to use your R hand to assist with getting your L foot into the right position. If he stays sitting up, you may be able to underhook his L arm with yours, so you can then omoplata his R arm while pulling back on his L. If he goes straight to his stomach. just apply the omoplata as above. If he is flat and you move your hips away from him in the omoplata position, you may still be able to fish for that L arm for extra control.

7. You have mount and the grips as before. He is not allowing you to get the arms. Jump to your feet and sit the backs of your thighs on his elbows. Transfer both grips to his R sleeve and yank it upward, two hands on one. Push his R hand to your R hip with your L, pick up his head with your R and slide your R shin behind his neck, triangling it off with your L knee for the mounted triangle.

8. Same start as in 8, pulling up with both hands on his L. Slide your R shin around his neck as before, but go a little further and get on your R side until your R foot is on his R collar bone, Keep moving around behind him and secure the reverse triangle with his L arm in. Hide the L foot behind his L hip. If he manages to turn toward you, just change back to the normal triangle from guard. If He postures up from there, change to the armbar from guard.

9. You are mounted with the same grips as before. He is not giving you the arms again. This time, stand up fully and move back. dragging him up and pulling his arm away from his body. Let go his L arm and move to 2 on 1 on his R arm. Step up toward his shoulder with your L leg and put your weight on it so the R leg is light. swing the R leg over the L (his L) side of his neck and collapse onto that shin, to again take the mounted triangle.

10. As for 10, stand up, step back and pull his arms away from his body. Step your R foot over next to his R hip. Push his L arm next to his R ribs with your R and push his R arm across his body with your L to roll him onto his L side. Pull his R arm up with your L as you put your R knee on his ribs under his shoulder, Transfer your R grip to his R arm as well, keeping it straight and the R hand well away from any attempt from him to grab it with his L. Step over his head with your L foot and sit down, applying the armbar on his R arm, your R foot unnder his shoulder blade so his shoulder is well controlled.

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Rigan Machado Seminar 17 Sep 2016 - Jiu Jitsu Flow


The seminar was held on The Roof at Langes MMA.

Rigan developed Jiu Jitsu flow to better serve his celebrity students, those who cannot afford their faces to be marked, damaged or disfigured like the rest of us. Ashton Kucher, etc.

Rigan Machado designs jiu jitsu system without sparring for celebrities/

The Jiu Jitsu Flow curriculum does not involve hard sparring. Nor are regular Jiu Jitsu belts awarded. There are three levels in the curriculum, beginner, intermediate and advanced.

About 70 flow drills joining multiple techniques are included, similar to those included below.While Jiu Jitsu Flow is not competitive, Rigan claimed that some of his students who practised Jiu Jitsu Flow had had competitive success.

The aim is to perform the drills repetitively, to the point where thoinking about the individual movements is no longer necessary. It's all about continuous movement, transition, and flow.

Drills

1. He is in your closed guard, you have two sleeve grips. Put your L foot on the floor, and use it to turn onto your R hip while moving your hips to the L. Keep your R leg tight to his torso so he can't push it down. L shin goes across his torso diagonally. Get your L foot on his R hip, the push away to get your R foot on his L hip for a baby spider / foot on hip shin on bicep guard.Work your hips away from him until you have enough space to put your feet on the mat between his knees for a butterfly guard. Sit up and get both underhooks, don't have to be too deep. Rock back in butterfly to lift his hips, transfer your hands onto his shoulders so you can push his shoulders up with your hands while lifting his hips with your hooks. He should land on his feet, straddled, with your hooks still in. Underhook his L leg with your R hand, disengage your R hook and spin under him to X guard with your legs hooking his R leg,  your R underhook on his l leg. Grab his R collar with your L hand and pull down so he cannot posture up. Push his R leg away with your hooks, peforming the leg split sweep. As the weight comes off his R leg, you can come to sitting and then do a technical standup to sweep him onto his back. As he is swept, he should already be getting grips to move to spider guard with his feet on your biceps. From here he pulls you into closed guard. His turn. Repeat.

2. He is standing facing you, you are lying on your back, hooks inside his knees, hands behind your head. Put your L foot on his thigh (not his knee, safety). Push his L leg with your foot and pull with your R hook to get him to turn to his R a bit. Change your feet around to pull de la Riva guard with the outside hook on his L leg.  Crunch and move your head and torso around to your R to start getting behind him. Your R foot drives through to hook his R leg as your L DLR hook changes to behind his L leg. Pull, push and crunch to get directly behind him. Disengage the hooks. He turns to face you again. Repeat. Hands behind your head the whole time.

3. He is standing facing away from you. You are on your back with two hooks inside his knees. Grab his R ankle with your R hand. He turns clockwise 180 degrees pivoting on his R foot  so he is now standing facing the space next to you on your R. Pull DLR guard, outside hook on his R leg. Move head and torso towards his back. Change hooks as in 2 to get behind him. It may help to change hand grips on his ankle to facilitate getting behind him. Grab his L ankle. He steps anticlockwise pivoting on his L foot. Repeat the drill, getting DLR and then to his back on the other side.

4. You are both standing. Get judo grips, his R sleeve with your L, his L collar with your R. Put your L foot on his hip, pull guard, swinging your R leg out clockwise, keeping it well away from his grip. Put your R foot on his shoulder or bicep. Change grips on his R sleeve to your R hand, grab his R ankle with your L.  Move your torso and head toward his back, change L to R grip on his R ankle, and change hooks as in 2 and 3 to get behind him. Push his knees out with your ankles to get him to drop his hips. Reach up and grab his belt at the back. Repeat.

We drilled the above five or ten times each, swapping partners in sequence. Rigan urged us to go fast, flow, and think about what we were doing as little as possible. Let muscle memory take over.

A good sequence for a class might be 5 or 10 reps of technique 1, then the other partner, then the same with the other three techniques, repeating the whole sequence up to 4 times.


5. Your partner is on his L knee with his R foot out to the side so his R leg is fairly straight. Get half guard facing him on his R leg, L arm around his leg, posted up on your R elbow. Your legs legs should be in a suitable control position on his leg. Come off your R elbow and roll to your L onto your L side, bringing his R leg with you, so you end up in deep half guard. Head should be on his L thigh as if lying on a pillow, you can take your R foot over his R leg to the floor to keep his leg controlled. Now take him back in the reverse direction so you end up facing him, coming up on your R elbow so you are back to the starting position. Repeat.

6. You are sitting in front of your kneeling partner with your L hand gripping his R collar. Slide your R leg between his knees and pull Z guard. Use the collar to push him away to the R and take the weight off his R knee, then spin underneath him all the way to deep half guard on his R leg. Spin back as in 5, but this time as you come up on the R elbow use it to come to your knees with your legs still controlling his R leg, so you are now facing his R side on your knees. Grab his L knee with your R hand, his L ankle with your L hand and drive him over his L shin onto his L side or back. you can now kneel up and allow him to perform the same drill on you.

7. You have butterfly guard on your kneeling partner. Get double unders, rock him up and use the elevator to get him to his feet above you. Move to X guard as in sequence 1. You can get the second X guard hook in, but you'll have to take it out again. This time he drops his L knee to the floor near your head. Move to deep half guard on your L side, moving your legs to keep appropriate controls. Your L arm probably moves from his L knee to his L hip. Come to your knees and take him down as in 6 above. His turn. Repeat.

8. Butterfly guard, elevator, go for X guard, he drops his L knee as in 7. This time he turns his R foot so the toes are facing away from you and puts his R foot flat on the mat. This time reach your L hand behind/inside his R foot and scoop it toward you. Your L thigh moves from controlling his R shin to on top of his R thigh. Triangle your R leg over your L shin, pull with you L arm on his R ankle while you push down with your R leg on your L to sweep him backwards. You need to keep his L leg controlled with your R arm and head. Keep your legs triangled or at least ankles crossed until you get to your knees and complete the sweep. Traingling the legs or crossing the feet prevents him from being able to get a toehold, or heel hook, etc. His turn. Repeat.

Repeating all of these these drills in sequence and at speed can be a good cardio workout. The drills where you pass through de la Riva guard to the back work the core pretty hard as well. And obviously Jiu Jitsu specific.


Saturday, September 10, 2016

Truth bombs from Langes MMA homies

A recent Facebook post I shared brought about an interesting discussion with some of my training buds at Langes MMA, brown and black belts.

The original post was this one:

Survive, Defend, Attack by Cane Prevost

Read it, it's pretty good, especially for us senior citizens.



My shared post generated the following (edited) comments from my training buds at Langes MMA. Guys that Stuart Morton, the artist formerly known as Gut Rupture, calls my "homies". Stu encouraged me to write some more blog posts myself. Good man.

Anyway, read on to be illuminated:

Dave Badlan No i reckon we can better this article. It talks about my old principles of rolling. I always went defensive (as you well knowStuart Morton). However, i now believe you can attack as an older person but more defensively.

Andrew Nerlich
 Give it your best shot Dave Badlan

Dave Badlan Challenge accepted!

Dave Badlan alright here we go....The concept of BJJ is that it is aimed to suit the "weaker" individual - which is what attracted me to the art. However, the article in question talks about defending and then attacking. For many years i held this belief and spent alot of energy defending against the stronger/heavier/better opponent and waited for the opportunity to attack, butfor me it failed for a couple of reasons.

Dave Badlan Firstly when you are defending, you are continually thinking about your limbs and all the ways you can can be subbed and as much as you stay in defence you, ultimately are to a degree vulnerable. Primarlily if (when you are an older grappler) the stronger heavier opponent can just wear you aout through attrition alone. You can ultimately think about attacking but you have to use alot of energy to get there. Sadly as well in the youtube, UFC age and with the availability of information in the mix most "newbies" have researched and have an idea what they're in for before they arrive, which gives then a slighter advantage (to a degree). Add the idea of age into teh equation and as the older grappler you are on the back foot. At this point it sounds like i'm making excuses but hang on...I recently attended a seminar with Robson Moura and he dropped this great concept on me at the end of his seminar... "Scramble". He stated that the man in the street could take him out if he scrambled hard enough, the differnce was jiu jitsu. Robson's idea came from something Rickson Gracie had said years earlier about movement. Robson himslef didn't pick up on it until later in his career but ultimatley acknowledged that movement was crucial in jiu jitsu no matter what/who. His reasoning was that everyone can scramble to survive, scramble with jiu jitsu you thrive. Personally for me this has been a "light bulb" moment in my jiu jitsu journey and as i "scramble" or "move with purpose" i create more opporunities for attack from defence. The article is right in some aspects , but it misses the psychological concept which also prevails and is epitomised by Keith Owen's tapping 10,000 times priciple. The older grappler is oft the underdog but jiu jitsu is for life as the saying goes and if you are prepared for that then you can make it your own. I discussed this with my wife, who knows a thing about high level sport competion and the psychology of it, as she's aged eher mentality and focus has not changed from when she was a younger, stronger athlete, be technical and have fun.

Dave Badlan If i ultimaltely get tapped by a 20 something year old that's cool, if i get tapped by a 60 year old that's cool too, it's the learning expereince that should ultimately be the pardigm shift. Knowing when to move or how to move and at waht pace, defensively, aggressively and with a destination in mind is crucial, but all the time moving with purpose and gaining knowledge from each and every roll. Time on the mat, drilling and just being there is what counts, jiu jitsu is an individual journey for each and every person that takes up the art. Uktimately there is no bad jiu jitsu or way to advance. In the words of a sporting company you just "do it" and realistically only a jiu jitsu practitioner "knows the feeling" and to use an old surfinf adage "the best one on the mat is the one having the most fun"

Alex Newcomb I believe in the 'continual improvement' model. You should always be upgrading your position...even when you are in dominant positions you should be looking to apply more pressure inch by inch towards the sub. If you can be upgrading with economy of energy expenditure then all the better. If you want more of a challenge start in the worst position....then work the upgrade! If you're tired upgrade with better economy and efficiency. Train your body and mind to constantly progress.

Luca Altea Great posts guys, thanks for the efforts. Robson Moura is a poster boy for us small guys! The scramble mentality is a good one to have, however in times when your cardio is not top notch it can be a little bit of a liability for you as well in my opinion.

I've experienced that many times in my bjj journey; my game is all about moving fast but sometimes if I start to gas out with a bigger and stronger opponent doubt enters my mind and I start being very passive and try to survive only which usually leads to a not so enjoyable roll for me 

When stuff flows well though it is great as it is usually a lot easier to find openings with a less experienced opponent if you force the fast scramble on him.

The biggest difference for me though is to have the mentality of always attacking as the great MG says. If your focus is thinking of attacking all the time, it really changes the dynamics of the roll as people need to deal with your attacks rather than have the time to think about passing etc. This creates a lot of openings where you can start to work your sequences. I've been struggling with this a lot as my game and personality is naturally relaxed and a little passive but I've been trying to change this.

It is also important to be able to be comfortable and relaxed in bad positions though, but this is always being a forced priority for me due to my size  On that, my focus it's been to prevent at any cost the really bad positions like side control (scramble scramble scramble again) rather than focus too much on the costly escapes once you are there.


Andrew Nerlich Interesting stuff all. Going to get my mats out this arvo and work on earning the nickname of the Midnight Scrambler. Comes back to effective efficient movement, slow is smooth and smooth is fast. Luca Altea, I'm a bit too relaxed and passive myself.

Alex Newcomb Good stuff Andrew.
I think this one sums up the journey for me:
'simplicity is the ultimate sophistication' -Leonardo Da Vinci
The key is identifying the patterns of simplicity.


Miklos Boethy: Hi guys I have to agree great post! And convocation. I will put my 2 bobs worth in. I agree with all of it. The article Survive, Defend, Attack by Cane Prevost was a good read and I agree with it. When I read it I recognised tactics that I use often and that is waiting or patience. This I use with most opponents I also attack in this time but with annoying stuff that I don’t have to change my position much such as wrist locks. Often I use my structure while I am in turtle and wait for them to react (not just turtle) when their body weight and position shifts then is the time to scramble attack and advance position with the understanding that I may have to retreat to my defensive position again. Therefore I suggest that the key is timing. With the right timing all the other things will work and this comes from time on the matts which translates to experience which ultimately not luck.

 Andrew Nerlich Some thoughts related to this from the Dave Camarillo seminar I attended last weekend. Dave Badlan this is what I was talking about when I mentioned philosophy:

Andrew Nerlich Dave talked about a spectrum of control, from a perfect rock solid pin at one end, to a scramble to the other. He said that if he feels he is losing a pin and it is heading toward a scramble, he wants to be the one to initiate the scramble, thus staying ahead of the game. We should avoid having any emotional attachment to a position, lest we try too hard to "hang on to a sinking ship" and lose. We just move on to the next position and let the failed one go.

"Avoiding emotional attachment to a position" sounds very Zen and a bit spacey, but any BJJ guy will know exactly what is meant.

We discussed this specifically with regard to the elbow push escape. Dave said that to resist the elbow push actually gives the guy the point to push off which makes the escape work. Instead Dave will go with the elbow push and just move around to another control.


Midnight Scrambler (or close enough):






Saturday, September 03, 2016

Dave Camarillo seminar - Kimura grip, armbar



Dave Camarillo is a black belt in both judo and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and a high profile trainer of MMA fighters, including a number of UFC veterans. He also consults on defense and tactical matters to a variety of police and military organisations.

A bio of Dave from his Guerrilla Jiu Jitsu website

The two hour seminar was on the kimura grip, setting up the far side armbar, and then attacking with the Kimura or straight armbar. It was held at Woolloomooloo PCYC on Saturday 3 September 2016.

The Kimura Grip

To practise, start with your role player* on his R side with you on his L. Get an underhook on his L arm with your L. Grip his L wrist with your R hand, but reach around his forearm as much as you can so you can twist it strongly back towards you. This helps "compact" his elbow joint to increase control when the Kimura grip is finalised. Avoid gripping with the thumb as the leverage is actually decreased.

* Dave dislikes the term "partner" for the person on whom techniques are practised. He prefers the term role player, as this implies the other guy has a potentially active role to play, rather than just lying there like a corpse.

Place your R wrist on top of your L so the wrist bones cross. You do not really need to grip your R arm with your L hand. Push down with both hands, try to push his elbow away from you slightly, but keep his hand close to the centre of his chest. There should be considerable pressure inside the elbow joint, like a bicep slicer. You are unlikely to damage the arm, but he should feel seriously uncomfortable. Dave's kimura system tries to inflict this discomfort all the time and from every position. He warned us that our arms would hurt after the seminar. And they did. He also said that his students develop a tolerance to this discomfort.

Your wrists should both be bent forward, not back. This feels and is stronger.

You should be able to stand up and drag him around the mat, have him struggle to escape, etc. and still keep him under control by keeping pushing your arms straight, and keeping his hand in the centre of his chest. And this was a drill we practised in the seminar.

Side control

Dave said he believes that side control is the most powerful pinning position, superior to mount or back control, both of which in his opinion are easier to escape from.
Dave emphasised the importance of the "battle zone", the space between the bottom guy's near hip and the top guy's knee, arm or hip controls. His goal is to use the frames of his near elbow or knee to occupy the battle zone and set up an escape, to guard being an obvious one. Our task on top is to occupy and monitor the battle zone, denying his ability to employ those frames.

Also vital is to understand we are trying to attain, and keep a "pin" here, completely controlling the position. If we have do not have a solid pin, we are unlikely to achieve a submission. If our pin is super strong, the opponent's own increasing desperation to escape may present submissions to us.

Dave talked about a spectrum of control, from a perfect rock solid pin at one end, to a scramble to the other. He said that if he feels he is losing a pin and it is heading toward a scramble, he wants to be the one to initiate the scramble, thus staying ahead of the game. We should avoid having any emotional attachment to a position, lest we try too hard to "hang on to a sinking ship" and lose. We just move on to the next position and let the failed one go.

"Avoiding emotional attachment to a position" sounds very Zen and a bit spacey, but any BJJ guy will know exactly what is meant.

We discussed this specifically with regard to the elbow push escape. Dave said that to resist the elbow push actually gives the guy the point to push off which makes the escape work. Instead Dave will go with the elbow push and just move around to another control.

Getting the far side underhook

We have top of side control on the guy's R. Our R knee is occupying the battle zone next to his R hip. We hide our R foot by bringing it underneath us. Our L foot is active, we are up on the inside of the foot and using active toes. Our R knee stays light on the mat so it can easily follow his hip if he tries to shrimp away, our L foot being the engine that drives that movement.

The position we want is to underhook his L arm with our R.

If you are passing guard or whatever and the opportunity for getting the underhook is there, grab it. The rest of the discussion assumes you are not quite this lucky.

If he is not too tight we may be able to place our R elbow on his chest, and circle our R forearm anticlockwise between out bodies to underhook his L arm. Cup his L shoulder/bicep tight, we can also use our head to control his lower L arm. The L arm should be on the far side. It can be used as a post. If we want a really tight control we can grab his belt with our L hand, or even roll him slightly toward us and grab his belt behind his lower back. This is a very strong control which makes it very hard for him to effectively engage his posterior chain to bridge, etc.

If his elbows are in tight, with his hand in the prayer or "scared little girl" position, switch our base towards his head, grab his L elbow or sleeve, pull it up and use our R hip to kill his R elbow control on our L hip. Switch back and you have then effectively killed his near side arm. Hold his L wrist with your R hand. You could try pushing it to the floor for an Americana, but don't. Instead, hold his hand in place and weave your head under his forearm, so it ends up next to your R ear. You now have a far side underhook on his L arm.

You now have a solid pin position. Practice switching base towards his head and towards his feet and face down again. This is a position you can and should be ready to return to if the moves toward the submission fail. Get very comfortable in getting this position, and in returning to it from the Kimura control discussed below. Remember, the pin is what enables everything else.

Using the overhook to set up Kimura control

If you get the underhook, but he moves his L forearm in front of your face so he can push on the left side of your head, join your hands in a Gable grip under his arm, R palm up, no thumbs. Keep your L elbow on the mat for base, but pull your hands through strongly so that your R elbow ends up next to you R hip. Make sure your L elbow stays on the mat for base, and control. The R palm is up so that your hands form a "sled" so the joined hands will slide easily. Otherwise, your R fingers would possibly snag on him as you pull the hands through.

First, set your feet. THEN move to front control. Your torso should be pressuring down hard so it and his arm move as one. Push his arm across his body and use that pressure to roll him up on his R side, The pressure should cause his L forearm to come off your face, possible assisted by your L shoulder. Your knees go to the floor, your feet are splayed out and toes actively pressing in on him. There should be no space for him to move his arm at all. You can now set your grips for the kimura control. Neither knee should come up!

Don't try the submission yet! Practice getting from side control to here, then going back to side control, reclaiming the far side underhook from here. And repeat. Uchikomi. The pin and control are way more important than the submission.

Getting the Kimura grip from the far side overhook

From the side control position, set your legs first, always. R knee in the hip, L foot out past his head. Posture up and pull your R elbow to your R hip, bringing his L arm with it and pulling him up on his R side. Bring your L elbow to your hip, with his head in the way. It is vital to control his head and at the same time move it so you can bring your L knee over it to the floor. Strong pressure on his arm with your chest as you move on top, no space. Once you are consolidated here, back the pressure on his arm off just enough to slide your L arm under it and take your R arm out. From here you have arm position to apply the Kimura grip.

Don't try the submission yet! Practice moving from side control with the far side underhook to here, and back. Over and over. Uchikomi. The pin is vital.

Applying the Kimura

You have attained front control as above with the kimura grip. Rather then lifting up and turning, release the pressure just enough to move his L arm from his front to his back. Push his hand down behind his back toward the floor. You can turn anticlockwise and take your L knee off to get a better angle to apply force. Be ready to switch back to side control with the far side underhook if you start to lose it.

Armbar

Obtain the kimura control from front control as above. Turn to your R and come up on your L foot, the L foot down toward his stomach. Stay on your L knee but turn your L lower leg out behind you, active toes for base. Sit down on your R hip with your R thigh atop his head like an S mount, thus keeping his head controlled. Your weight should be off your L leg, allowing you to take it over his stomach. You still have the kimura grip. And it should make his arm very uncomfortable.

His best defence is the "RNC defence", where his L hand grabs the inside of the R elbow, his R hand blocking the R leg, ideally pushing it off his head to escape.

You have the kimura grip. Go ninety degrees to him, cross your feet with the R foot on the bottom. That way he will find it harder to push that leg off his head. Rather than squeeze your knees, flare them out wide - use the outer thighs to control his head and hips. This Dave calls the SAP ,or Standard Armbar Position.

Practice various control positions from here.

The bridge - let go his arm and grab your R fist with your L hand. Lie back flat for base. Keep the pressure on him with your legs and slightly lift your hips for extra pressure.

Sit up and pull your R hand to your L hip with your L, getting "your hand in the pocket" as deep as possible. Post out with your L hand so you cant get rolled. Still keeping that bicep slicer pressure on his elbow.

With your hand in the pocket fall on your L hip and underhook his L leg. Grab your collar, grab the far pant leg, experiment with different grips.

Sit back up and post with your L. Drive your L arm under his forearm, use your R hand to drag your L hand through and put it in your pocket next to your R hip. Post on your R hand.

Grab your L fist with your R hand and sit back to another bridge.

Practice moving through all these positions. Keeping constant kimura pressure. Some people may give up the arm from sustained pressure.

One finish

Of many possibilities.

Get your L hand in your pocket and fall to the L hip, and underhook his L leg as above. Uncross your legs. Break his grip by pushing your R foot to the floor, and pulling his L elbow away from his torso with a twist to the R. Grab his thumb, adjust the angle if necessary. Dave says pushing your R foot on the floor for base to raise the hips is way more important than squeezing the knees together, and the latter tactic may reduce the power you can put into driving with the hips.

Dave gets the kimura from EVERYWHERE, including standing, it goes into throws, takedowns, chokes, getting the back, etc. He will pass guard and jump straight onto the guy's arm. Very powerful control with lots of options that takes many of his options away.


I would recommend a seminar or training with Dave Camarillo to anyone without hesitation. He has a deep understanding of Jiu Jitsu and a great teaching style, very easy to talk to.