In training today, I worked the guard position, both top and bottom. I worked ongetting myself underneath my opponent so that I could easily transition to X guard. From the top, I worked the oldie but goodie Torreando pass with a couple different nuances that made an incredible difference! I loved it!Read More
in training today, i focused more heavily on passing. I worked my backstep pass with limited success, but I have a variation to try next time. Perhaps itll work better. Also, I discussed the options of the cross knee pass and the leg drag options. All good stuff for me to focus on during my upcoming training sessions.Read More
This week, my focus is on a couple more closed guard attacks as well as setting up a couple submissions from knee mount. Check it out!Read More
In training today, I focused heavily on using their lapel to set up armbars and chokes from the guard, and I focused on gripping my own lapel to isolate their arm from side control. Then for icing on the cake, I talk about a cool detail that my coach showed us in class the other day regarding a modified seatbelt grip from back control. Check it out!Read More
I'm trying something more specific and methodical for my BJJ training now that I don't have a specific competition coming up. I had a lot of fun with it today, and I think it's going to do wonders for my game, overall, in the long run! Check it out, and maybe you'll want to do the same thing!Read More
Refining my standard guillotine choke by trying something different. It seems more basic, but it worked wonderfully!Read More
4/18/16 - A potential new trick for my RNC, My evalution of my "knees first passing" , and pushing the pace
The biggest and most exciting news for today is a cool little trick that I used to solidify my RNC. I am super excited about this. I also review my success (or lack of) with my knee's first passing that I learned on Friday, and I made it a point to push the pace at training today which I am learning is definitely a weak part of my game that I need to work on if I want to be able to be competative at the highest levels. I need to learn to stay safe in the chaos of a fast paced, frenzied roll.Read More
Trying a different kind of passing style for me that could prove very effective, and working on my positional control and pressure from side control with pretty good success. I also figured out a great way for me to keep my head extremely tight to my opponent to prevent him from getting his forearm in my face or neck. It's nothing earth shattering, but it's effective.Read More
4/11/16 - Going slow and focusing on technique, working on pressure, and thought about a tighter passing style
I had a great day of training with a focus on perfect technique by trying to limit my use of speed. In addition, I had a great kimura attack and I figured out what made it great. Finally, I want to focus more on my pressure both from the top offensive positions as well as from trying to do inside passes up the middle.Read More
4/8/16 - Working my BJJ for Self Defense and I've got to focus on keeping that DLR hook out, dangit!
Today, my big takeaway was the effectiveness of closed guard in a self defense situation when properly applied from a self-defense perspective. Control posture, control their arms, and slowly climb your way up to a submission all while neutralizing your opponent's ability to punch you or deal any damage.Read More
3/28/16 - Closed guard failure, controling the feet, the importance of keeping good position, and being a "wet rug"
Some days you're the hammer, and other days... not so much. Had a rough day in training today as I was going with one of our tougher fighters and trying to use only basic techniques and keep my speed low and in check. It didn't go horribly, but I didn't feel great either. On the up side, I was reminded of a couple good things such as the "wet rug" theory.Read More
In training today, I used a guard passing strategy that was all about forcing my opponent into halfguard and flattening them, and then working from there. In addition, I realized a great escape to sweep combo I've been using, and the whole time, I amped up the intensity to try to mimic a real struggle instead of just training.Read More
After a great training day in the Gi today, I strengthened the structure of my headquarters position and worked a couple strong, high percentage passes.Read More
After a good day of training, I found some new holes in my game regarding my speed and dealing with Curu Curu Guard. Not only that, but I am rekindling my focus on my closed guard techniques.
I had 2 training sessions today. In the first session, I worked my DLR passes using both a back step style and another style which proved to be super strong. During my 2nd training session of the day, I worked my nogi open guard and made huge improvements in my takedown game.Read More
Today, I worked on solving the puzzle of untangling and passing some of the most difficult guards that have given me trouble: Spider Guard, De La Riva Guard, and X Guard.Read More
Today, my focus was on developing a strong escapes or two for the unfortunate times I get caught in a tight triangle choke. I had a ton of success and made some breakthroughs.
2/19/16 - Working my Nogi Open guard (as a continuation of the lesson I learned last week) and being concerned with self-safety
working on my nogi open guard while also thinking about safety. I need to develop more concrete options, and I need to figure out how to do it against strong wrestlers who have great forward pressure and base.Read More
While training today, I honed some great spider guard passes, and uncovered a couple weaknesses, including revisiting the weakness that caused my loss at the Pan Ams last year.Read More
2/12/16 - I have to learn to control Nogi Open guard, and I have to fight to obtain the top position
Today in my Nogi Training, I (once again) realized the importance the staying on top, as well as the difficulties of working open guard when training Nogi.Read More