Tuesday, 14 July 2009

14/07/09 - BJJ Class

So after last night, i picked myself up in fairly good time to get ready or the class Tuesday daytime, the newest addition to team ryu's timetable. With pretty horrible weather, coupled with the fact it was a new class,hopes for turnout weren't too high, but in the end i had a pretty good conception discussing and looking at principles with Paul, one of the club's top BJJ guys. The focus of the session was on the closed guard.

Rather than looking at any particular techniques, Paul pointed out a few principles i'd never really realized before.

Firstly, i learned that grips from the top of closed guard are not just there to hold, but to use to prevent his movement. Paul pointed out that whilst i had got collar control form the top of closed guard, i didn't use that to control his movement, allowing him to sit up into me.

Whilst not a huge technique by any stretch of the imagination, it does utilise a fairly basic method of control in order to stop your opponent from sitting up, and more easily switching into more offensive positions such as the butterfly guard.

I also got the impression that from the closed guard, whilst it is good to be proactive and look for attacks, sweeps and ways to off-balance your opponent, it's also important to keep note of what he is doing.

A personal example here: when rolling about a month ago, i was too busy attempting to gain mission control that i forgot to notice that he'd posted his hand on the mat, which could have led to a much easier and less cumbersome Kimura/Hip Heist sweep combination, rather than looking to initiate the rubber guard sequence.

Also, by more carefully watching your opponents movements while on top, you can feel exactly what options are working for him against you: this not only gives you an idea how you should be defending, but also gives you options to use when you're on the offensive.

To conclude, today's class was less about technique, and more about adopting a more technical, principle-based game than the one i've been playing.

Real eye opener, well worth attending!

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