Archive for August, 2011

Vou Submetê-te

August 15, 2011


I’m very proud of myself because I did really well in class.  We started off with getting into the clench should an attacker approach you and attempt to push you.  The clench allows you to keep him from actually pushing you back and you can work from there.  In this case we went for a forearm take down.  This is where you trap an arm, step forward with the foot furthest from your attacker, almost as if your walking through your attacker, at the same time you put your forearm into his throat lifting your elbow to the sky taking him off balance.  Then, you step around with the other foot and bend down.  Your attacker should go over very easily.

Then, we worked on maintaining the mount when the person on bottom goes nuts and tries to buck you off.  Then, we worked on applying submission techniques as they do that.  It was great to go over that because that kind of stuff is important.  Especially when I’ve been bucked off while in mount several times when sparring.  The one thing that our instructor kept focusing on was the timing.  It’s not just about hooking your hand because the guys head or whatever, it’s about doing it at the right time before you lose the position.

Then, we broke into drills where if you were on bottom you were to forget that you know jiu-jitsu and go nuts.  The guy on top needs to use what we just learned and maintain the mount.  It seems easier than it is especially when you have a couple of guys on bottom who are big and strong.  However, I did really well with that; didn’t get bucked off at all even after 3 rounds.  Tired as hell though.  If you’re going to be a good partner you and you’re supposed to act like you don’t know BJJ when you’re on the bottom, you can get really tired really quick.  Especially in a room that’s 100 degrees (no air conditioner). However, it’s definitely a lesson in how much energy is used up when you use nothing but strength and use it recklessly.

Once we were done our instructor allowed us to start the open mat.  Here is where I’m proud of myself.  I partnered up with a white belt.  PB Steve has been telling me for a while that I should partner more with white belts.  That I’ve been working with too many higher belts, which only helps my defense.  It does nothing for my offense and while having a great defense is good you have to work on the submissions as well so you’ll know when and where to apply them.

So that’s what I did.  I started the timer for 6 minutes and thought to myself, “Offense only.  I am going to tap this guy.”  And that’s what I proceeded to do…seven times.  I have NEVER done that before.  I’m usually the one getting tapped (not that I’m complaining, it’s just a statement of fact).  First, he pushed into me as if he was trying to take me back so I let him slide past me and ended up with me on top in side mount.  I mounted him immediately and trapped his arm with a key lock.

We reset and the same thing sort of happened, except on the other side.  This time I got him in an armbar.  We resent and I pulled guard.  He tried a few things, which I stopped by controlling him with my guard.  Then, I noticed he wasn’t protecting his neck at all and tapped him with a collar choke.  I NEVER get that submission.  NEVER.  I was almost shocked.  I didn’t think I had it in deep enough, but I did.  We reset and I got him again with a collar choke.  Then, I got him again with a key lock from the side mount.  Then, an armbar from the guard.  I thought he would block it because I kind of projected it, but as he attempted a defense he shifted his weight incorrectly and I pushed him down with my legs.  He fell over and I locked it in.

Finally, I got him with armbar from the mount after he tried to push me off.  Either he was panicking or he didn’t pay attention in class.  I kept my weight on his arms and slid my left knee up to his head (just like we went over in class) and tucked my other leg around his other arm.  That trapped his arms nice and tight, brought my left leg over his head and locked it in.  The bell rang and it was over.  I have to admit that it felt good.

I’m not happy about tapping a guy 7 times or the fact that I tapped him.  I’m more happy with the fact that I executed what I’ve been practicing for 4 years now, correctly.  I reacted well to my opponents techniques and followed through on everything that I planned.  That to me is all I want to do: execute techniques correctly.  Felt good too.

I have the honor of Ken P following my blog.  I’m sure he’ll be happy for me.  You should all check him out at  He’s also on Facebook so you should look him up there too.  He has an excellent Jiu-Jitsu philosophy and does the best job in teaching techniques via videos.    I’ve learned a lot from him and I’m sure you will too.  Enjoy.

Chau e bom dia!


Voltar ao Tatame

August 12, 2011


Class on Tuesday was one of those brutal classes, which means we went over headlock escapes.  Ouch.  Our instructor wanted to hammer into our heads the important of self defense so he decided to torture us for an hour and a half.

That sounds like I’m complaining, but I’m not.  I’m down for whatever he feels like teaching it’s just that headlock escapes are not easy and when the escape techniques are applied to you they are brutal.  Especially after the 50th time.

It starts from the side mount.  The guy on top moves to put you in a headlock and gets you in it.  As he moves you should react by moving to your side.  Tucking your arm into your body, tuck your chin and bring your other arm over and grab your wrist such that you create a frame that goes against your attacker’s face.

Eventually you roll over so that you have one foot into his hip and your other knee against the back of his head.  He’s still holding the headlock in place so you slide the arm frame I mentioned before against his chin, twist your hips and he should release the lock.  It’s that frame going against your face that hurts.  My jaw line and neck are still sore from Tuesday.

After class was over I spared with two guys.  One was BB Voci, which was really good because there was a lot of back and forth.  He would get into side mount, I would escape and put him in my guard.  I would sweep him and get into side mount and the process would start all over again.  Good stuff.

Next I got with PB Steve and we went at it.  I don’t know what I did, I might have been going a little harder than I realized, but I completely gassed out.  I just had nothing and I ended up getting tapped pretty quickly.  I did escape one of his nasty triangles by stacking him up pretty well, but that was about all I did correctly.  He then got me with a collar choke and I think something else, but I can’t remember.  No biggie.

I’ll get him someday.  That’s my goal.
Chau e bom dia!

Melhorar os Básicos

August 7, 2011


I’m really sore from class on Saturday.  It wasn’t really that tough per say, but we did work a lot on little details.  My instructor and I got into a conversation about the basics and how we focus on them all the time (not that I have a problem with that, it was more of a philosophical discussion).

We got to talking about the basic techniques for passing the guard and how important it is to keep your posture, etc.  So I requested that we go over that as the main point of today’s class.

We started off with a standard standing technique where an attacker is swinging at you.  You back up a few times and then you close the distance by lunging forward, as you lunge you drop down and trap the one leg, put a triangle-like shape using your legs, push your hips forward and down he goes.

Then, we moved on to the basics of passing the guard.  Our instructor went over the proper position you’re supposed to be in, where you should have your hands and where you should have your weight.  I didn’t realize that while I had my one hand on the bicep (preventing a choke) I should have the other hand holding the opposite color at about the sternum.  You actually should pull it tight to remove any slack, that will help you control the guy on the bottom a lot easier than just using the hand on the bicep.

We also went over how we should maintain our forearm in contact with your opponent’s hip so as better to feel what he’s trying to do and better control him.  It’s that type of analytical detail that makes the difference between passing the guard or getting swept or even submitted.

It was great to work on that for literally an hour and 15 minutes.  Over and over again.  It was awesome.  Then, went into guard passing drills and then moved on to open mat.  I rolled with PB Steve who is back after his knee surgery and that was it.  By the time we were done everyone was gone so we cleaned up and left.

Surprisingly I’m really sore.  My hips are all tight from the soreness too, which is really helpful when you’re trying to get up from a chair.  No biggie.  I’m back training full-time so I’ll be back on the mats on Tuesday.

Chau e bom dia!