Tuesday, June 18, 2013

What I'm Working on: Open Guard Passing

I've been having to go back and revisit the basics of spider-guard counters and addressing the hooks b/c after rolling with a training partner last week, it was frustratingly apparent I had forgotten even the most basic parts of addressing the foot on bicep/hip control and had completely neglected any drilling in that department of the Jiu-Jitsu megastore.

From the top game world of Jiu-Jitsu:
I've been experimenting with the Leandro Lo style of DLR counters/passing and now looking at Augusto Tanquinho Mendes and his style of guard passing from the top as a possible compliment.
 - example: Leandro Lo DLR counters

Augusto Tanquinho Mendes knee in the middle/grip breaking  as a compliment.
 - example: breakdown of Tanquinho and Rafa Mendes 2013 Mundials
 - example: breakdown of Tanquinho knee in the middle/grip breaking
 - example: Tanquinho discusses breaking the cross grip of the bottom player/importance in beating Cobrinha at the Abu Dhabi Pro recently

I have to learn to integrate them together at some point, but I need much more drilling to really begin to understand them each in their own right. Then, of course, against adept open guard players, as you defend the De La Riva hook, you must be prepared to address the foot on bicep control and vice versa as turning the knee in to put pressure on the hamstring to address the spider-guard hook leaves the knee vulnerable to De La Riva.
The rabbit hole runs deep friends.
I've spent entire drilling sessions just doing the Leandro Lo DLR counters and working with his neutral grips rather than the inside the knee/pants grip I've been using for the past several years. Leandro's style of gripping does seem to lend itself more effectively to the Torreando style of passing that he loves, as an initial observation, but it feels awkward to be sure, as it's simply different from the grip I've been using for so long.

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