Archive for May, 2013

Eu Escapei do Monte

May 19, 2013


I was only able to train on Saturday this week and boy was it a good one.  We started with closing the distance between you and an attacker and then going for a takedown.  I had a little trouble with that because I’m used to keeping my left foot forward (I’m right handed), but our Instructor wanted us to keep our right foot forward.  I kept having to reset myself and I let the change throw me off.

Then, we moved to escaping the mount; one basic version and one slightly advanced.  The basic version was the bump and roll.  As an attacker goes for a choke you grab their wrist, grab the elbow, raise your hips, as their weight ships up above your head you roll them over.  The 2nd version involves the attacker blocking the bump and roll by sticking his leg out.  That allows you to go for an elbow escape.

The techniques are great and mount escapes are something that I enjoy reviewing regardless how many times we do it.  That portion of the class lasted about 40 minutes.  That amount of time repeating the techniques over and over is just great.

Then, we did mount escape drills.  Everyone lines up.  Three guys laid down (I was one of them) and the guys coming off the wall would get into mount and try to submit you.  If you got to half guard or escape either by a bump and roll or an elbow escape it was over and if you escaped the mount you stayed in and kept escaping.

I did really well in this portion of the class.  My first opponent his this new guy named Navid who came from another school as a BB.  He’s very flexible and goes for a lot of unorthodox moves.  He’s very big on trying for a triangle from the mount.  I just defended as best I could and waited.

I’ve been going through some introspection lately about how I have to get out of the habits of forcing an escape or panicking.  I think I’m really listened to myself because that’s exactly what I did.  I waited and was able to roll Navid.  Then, with each subsequent opponent I was able to get out from under their mount.  I even got out from PB Kevin’s mount and I always have trouble with him.  I was in the zone or something.

Then, we did the open mat and the same thing.  I started with Kevin first and just defended as much as possible until the time ran out.  He’s very aggressive and he fights like crazy to keep people in his guard.  Obviously, I have a hard time passing it and at one point he swept me from the mount and I just kept defending.  Then, I went with PB Micky and he tapped me with one of the tightest triangles I’ve ever experience.  Holy moly.  Then, I a WB named Aaron asked about how to roll properly so I was showing him a little bit.

I emphasized a couple of things like not using strength and that at his level he should focus on defense versus attacks.  I also showed him where to properly place his arms and legs when in different positions.  He seemed to get it and hopefully will remember that when he decides to roll.  We’ll see.

Chau e bom dia!


Novo Projecto

May 7, 2013


Wow, it’s been a month since my last post.  Life can run away with you like that some times.  I do have a legitimate reason: I got a new job. Because my position involved a very important project I had to spend the last several weeks on-boarding a new team.  Jiu-Jitsu took a backseat unfortunately.  If I got out to train once a week it was a a lot.

The one positive coming out of the disruption of my training was that I finally got started making my own grappling dummy.  I threw away the one I bought from MMAWarehouse after I moved into a new house.  Looking back on it, I wasted my money on it.  I should have just made my own from the start.  It really wasn’t that hard.

First, I bought the necessary information:

  • a pair of sweatpants.
  • a hoodie sweatshirt.
  • 4 pool noodles.
  • sewing needles and heavy duty thread.
  • Total price tag: $30.

Although I did use foam to stuff the “body” of the dummy, I didn’t pay for it.  A neighbor of mine was throwing away his sofa so I got the cushions off of it and used the foam in them.  I would highly recommend doing that instead of buying foam.

The first thing I did after I got my materials together was sew the “hands” and “feet” of the sweatsuit closed.  I used a technique I saw in this video (it starts at the 3:56 mark); it’s easy to do and when you’re done feels very strong.

I then stuffed the legs and inserted a pool noodle in each one.  Don’t cut them as you can use them to “insert” into the torso that you’ll make out of the sweatshirt; this adds structure to the entire creation.  Then, I stuffed the arms of the sweatshirt until I felt comfortable that they were filled enough that I could apply a technique without any issues.  I also stuffed the body a bit and the head.

I cinched the hood drawstrings as tightly as I could and then sewed the hole together.  Then, I took the remaining pool noodles and cute then to size such as they fit within the torso.  I used duct tape to bundle the noodles together (they’re flat laying, side by side with tape going around them to hold them together).  The noodle in the center of the bundle protrudes a bit so that it becomes the “neck” of the  head.

After inserting the bundle into the torso, I stuffed it a little more to give it form.  Then, and this is the tedious part, I sewed the torso to the legs.  I made sure to be really thorough with the stitches and doubled a lot of them.  When I was 3/4 of the way done, I stuffed that area of the body a little more and then finished the stitch.  Voila!  The grappling dummy was done.

I’ve used it 2 times so far and it works great.  No issues.  I can do any technique and I don’t have to deal with “dead weight” since it’s so light.  I really enjoyed this project and I’m considering talking to my BJJ friends to see if they would want one and I’d sell them.

Other than that the times I have been training have been very good.  I’ve been doing pretty well overall.  No real issues to speak of other than I’ve noticed that I really need to work on armbar escapes.  I’ve been getting tapped a bunch of times by them so I better start working on it.

That’s all for now.  I hope your training has been good and productive.

Chau e bom dia!