Thursday, 17 July 2008

17/07/08 - No Gi Class (Twister Edition)

Tonight i wanted to take it easy and avoid any possible injuries before Saturday, but hey, that all goes out of the window when you get into the ryhthym of the night.

Tonight, carrying on from recent events, we covered the twister roll. Starting from "reverse kesa-gatame" (or twister side control), we entered the truck position first where the first few techniques of the class were based.

These included the banana split and the regular calf crank. It's a shame i can't calf crank at white belt level because i genuinley love them and it's a great way to finish a fight quickly.

I can personally recommend Eddie Bravo's material on this "truck" position, he wasn't the "inventor" of a lot of this stuff but he was certainly an innovative force in this style of Jiujitsu. His Mastering The Rubber Guard book, while at times a little advanced, compliments his system perfectly and shows exactly how things work. Mastering the Twister is an amazing read, whereas i find his "jiujitsu unleashed" offering a little sub-par when compared with his later works.

Anyway, the class was good, i trained predominantly with Adam, who, as a guy close to my size (alright, he's like 30kgs lighter but shh), and he's got pretty good lately. More to the point, we both caught the techniques tonight, and this will be my focus (i say that far too much) after Brighton.

Infact, i'm going to set myself some learning goals. More on this at the weekend.

After we covered the truck, Lee introduced many of us to the wonder that is the Twister submission. Banned in most BJJ tournaments because of it's legendary status as a dangerous hold, the Twister is, for those of you that don't know, a lock that focuses primarily on the spine and forces a tapout horrendously quickly.

Lee showed us this from the truck to the back control, which i feel is a beautiful transition, and the fact i was looking for this setup in sparring is a testament to it's effective status as an easy-to-use hold, once you've found you're groove with it.

Lee's wisdom tonight shone through at the start of the class where he shared a teaching he'd learned with regards to BJJ; that there is a number for every technique you do.

This number relates to how many repetitions are necessary before you fully are able to implement the technique well, without worrying too much about how you pull it off. In competition you simply haven't got time to fret about whether the foot is in exactly the right spot in the lockdown.

A learning model relates to this well, which i will post something on after this.

Sparring was interesting, i'm tending to play bottom game a little more lately and while it's not neglecting my top game, sometimes i really miss it and want to play it far more often.

Oh well. I'm 17. Time is on my side.

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