7/7/16 - De La Riva to X Guard and Torreando Pass
7/7/16 - Gi
De La Riva to X guard
I've been doing more drilling lately: not enough, but more than usual. I was drilling backstep passes for a bit and they were going ok but not great. Today, i changed my focus of drilling and decided to sharpen my guard up a little bit.
Lately, I've been playing a very basic game: Closed guard to armbars, sit up sweeps, triangles, pendulum sweeps. Very "old man Jiu Jitsu stuff." And really, I've been doing that for the last couple years. Today, I decided to switch it up and try to get back into the "new school" Jiu Jitsu or the young man's jiu jitsu (and hope that my back holds up).
I was using DLR guard and transition to X and there were a few different details I was trying with DLR. Instead of cupping the near heel with my hand, I actually gripped the gi pants very low on the pants, near the ankle. This really helps with the problem that arises with more Saavy people who are able to kick that leg free of your heel grip. With the pants grip, I felt that I had much more secure control of their leg.
Another detail I was working on that was working incredibly well was I was "stomping" in the inside of the knee on their other leg which really through them off balance and spread out their base. With their weight so spread out and heavy on the far leg, I was able to transition to X guard very easily. And with the weight off of that foot, it was incredibly easy to stand up and finish the sweep.
I taught a version of the Torreando pass in my class last night, and I decided to drill it and try it in open rolling today, and it worked wonders. I had a lot of success with it. Instead of using two knee grips, I placed my hand (my hand that is opposite the direction I am passing) and used it to pin the far hip. I used my other hand to pin the knee to the ground and circle around. Once my body passed the knee, I pushed the knee by and circled by body back toward center and forced myself and my opponent into the leg drag position. From here, since I am able to keep their knees facing away, this leaves the back exposed.
A couple key points that I found while working the Torreando:
1. I have to drop my shoulder into the stomach hard to keep them from being able to use their arms to frame and keep space.
2. From the leg drag position, I need to be ready to pull up hard and explosive on the belt to keep them on their side if I want the path to the back to remain open. (Note* gripping on the waistline of the pants near the ground was also an incredibly strong grip specifically for the purpose of being able to pick their hips up if they tried to go flat onto their back. I just need to post my foot out and drive off the foot and I can pick the hips up very easily. This make the transition to the back much more available.