Saturday, March 28, 2020

Takedowns for BJJ: Cross collar Seoinage/Snapdown Shoulder Throw

Analysis, competition examples, and countering when they post to avoid the takedown.

I used to use this in Judo competition (there's a clip of me using it midway through the competition examples at the end), and was always glad to see that it made its way into the desolate wasteland of takedowns in JiuJitsu that sometimes seems so barren.


Quarantine Constructivity

I'm an essential worker so I'm working long (48 hr) shifts when I'm at work during the outbreak, so the first world struggle of passing time isn't of much concern to me to be honest.
Anyway, when I have time off from work I'm usually reading. I don't watch much TV or shows (though Tiger King is an amazing binge to sit down and partake). That being said, when I get up in the morning I work out every day. If I don't get some exercise I won't sleep well at night or will stay up late, so I don't have much choice to be honest.

Body weight work-outs, there's plenty to find online, mine are primarily things like single leg squats up into a full tip toe extension, burpees (if the impact on shoulders allows), then Judo solo fit-in drills either with a belt or elastic bands. I've been doing inversions utilizing my belt around the corner of my bed frame.

Last year, after ACL surgery (2nd one overall), I did a lot of uchikomi early on strengthening my non-surgery leg and slowly working into using my new knee. I was able to get back to positional training and some other Gi training earlier this time around after knee surgery (playing a lot of lapel guard/deconstructing Keenan's game prior to Lapel Encyclopedia coming out) and thus didn't do as much uchikomi after surgery compared to how many I did after my first ACL surgery 8 years ago.

We do a ton of uchikomi or fit-ins in Judo early on, so the concept of solo training/repetition isn't anything new to Judo players. A normal day has at least 500 fit-ins for your throw of choice (outside of regular practice). A few years back I had a goal of hitting 10,000 in a 4 months span and got close to about that number.

I spent about 6 months doing just uchikomi and PT after my ACL surgery 8 years ago. I was only a bluebelt at the time in JiuJitsu and didn't have the repertoire to enable me to train around the recovery as much as I did the 2nd time around.

I attribute a lot of my retention of throwing skills over the years away from Judo compeition to periods of cleaning back up my basics with a ton of arduous form repetition.

JiuJitsu is lucky in that all the live training is it's greatest attribute in the sense and feel of training and application, but TBH, the unstructured nature of how most people roll actually slows and degrades their possible skill development efficiency. Forcing yourself to drill a small subset of moves with precision will have more long term development effect than aimless round after round the way we often lazily train in JiuJitsu.

BJJ Scout's BJJ Digest: Wrestler Foils Kidnapper, Jon Jones Vol Too Many, et al

Take a break from Tiger King and enjoy some grappling related news:

Monday, March 23, 2020

Grappling Idiots -150 Qualifier: Tim McNamara

Went 3-0 for the day (1 submission, 2 points wins) which earned my spot in the Pro bracket which was slated for April 4th but is now postponed due to the pandemic:

Some of the concepts I always talk about:
digging out the leg behind an upper body attack, opponent defends by clamping onto my leg which means he can't defend me breaking his base and capitalizing with a sweep. Pass, knee pin, gives up his back after exposing his elbow/arm to a kimura. Opponent did a lot of pushing and bench press escaping so I figured the arm trap/elbow exposure was coming.
The longer match times (10 minutes) meant I didn't feel the quick pressure to submit and opened up my sweeping game a bit more and played more guard, rather than continually looking to submit. Another kimura to a backtake with an arm trapped as well. A kimura to sweep from bottom using their palm to palm grip against them.

Andris Brunovskis - Transitioning from Lapel Attacks to Upper Body Submissions

As I picked up training in the city at Renzo's, the legs are easy targets if you attack the upper body first. If you attack the lapels, your opponents limbs will be left behind as they push/stiff arm, post et cetera to counteract the mechanical advantage that utilizing the lapels provides one competitor over another.

Passing the guard is good. Utilizing guard passing to expose the legs for attacks is better. And as the threat of the leg attacks forms, the backtake, the guard pass, or mistakes like the kimura or guillotine occur as your opponent has to choose the lesser of evils one time after another.