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Fi Seminar

Fi spent nearly all of the seminar showing us many, many ways to attack someone in the turtled position. While I loved the material, he completely destroyed one of my go to positions. I can never turtle again…everyone else knows 38 ways to beat me.

All of the techniques we learned started with establishing the seat belt grip. We first cut our near knee into them, while rolling back, and establishing back control. If they resist, we step over, roll the other way, establish back control.
Or, we can sprawl and walk out to north/south, then crawl back on them, all while maintaining our grip, and establish back control.

We practiced the ‘chair sit’ back control, as Ryan Hall calls it. They attempt to escape, we maintain our grip, go to a knee pillow like position, sit across our butt (not back!), and reestablish back control.

Then we did a neat series on going from turtle to a crucifix. Get your seat belt grip, then insert your near knee in between their knee and elbow. Flare their arm out, then step over with your other other leg and drag their arm back and triangle it. Then roll over their head and, collar choke, wing choke, or armlock with your legs. If they resist, you end up in a back control like position, where their have one arm behind their back. Collar choke, or rear naked choke.

The last technique we did was a DLR or berimbolo pass. It’s similar to the technique that I looked up to use vs Cheng. Pass both of our arms under their far leg, then sprawl and get a lapel grip. Not a complete sprawl, as you want to keep your near knee in, with your foot on the ground to prevent them from re-guarding. You end up in a leg drag like position.

Over all, a pretty good couple of hours. At the end, both Long and Erik got promoted to purple belt. Well deserved.

Ran on Friday night and Sunday afternoon, about 5 miles each. Felt pretty good both times, no knee issues. Cold water bath afterwards is both a blessing (in the long run), and a curse (in the first 20 seconds). Mudder is 5 weeks out.

Benardo Seminar

Saturday we had a seminar with Benardo rather than our usual open mat. He broke it up into two parts, some bottom techniques, and some top techniques.

We started off with a technique to pull half guard from the standing position. Now, I’m generally anti-guard pulling. I see it as passive, and unrealistic. In a fight, you’re never going to voluntarily be on the bottom. This technique though led immediately into the next, which was a sweep. So with the two together, it could almost be classified as a takedown.

We then did another half guard sweep, for situations where our opponents have head control. This one was a little complicated, and it took most of us a bit to get it down, but I really liked it.

After a break, we switched things up, and did some top game techniques. The first was a pass. It was a little unusual, because we started with one arm in and one out…which generally is a recipie to get triangle choked. But Benardo showed us how to block one hip to prevent that. Then we can tripod up, grip and stuff a knee and pass. We did a variation of the same starting from within spider guard as well that worked the same way.

Then we did two submissions. The first was a reverse knee bar, which is an odd thing to teach a bunch of lower belts, because it’s illegal to use in competition. As we’re doing either of the two passes, we can pause and attempt the submission with very little risk of loosing the position. The second submission started from side control. Jack up his inside arm, use his lapel to overwrap and immobilize his other arm, mount and then triangle.

Lucas Lepri Seminar

We had a packed house for Lucas’s seminar on Saturday. Made the warm ups challenging due to a lack of space! I’m starting to warm up (*rimshot*) to his style of warming up. Today it was very functionally based. We’d do twenty triangle setups, alternating sided. Then twenty omaplata setups, again alternating sides. Then twenty more omaplatas, with our partners rolling out and reestablishing top control, and then we’d omaplata again. Damian has done similar things in the past…it’s not so much a matter of warming or loosing up…it’s a matter of unconsciously learning how to move better and more smoothly.

Class was three techniques, each unrelated. I thought it was an odd structure for a seminar, as in the past the covered techniques have been related or a chained sequence.

The first was a De La Riva guard pass, which was easily the most complicated guard pass that I’ve seen. Brandon and I drilled it, but I’m not sure that I could reproduce it now. It’s certianly something I could use, but it’s going to require a lot of practice!

The second was a deep half guard pass. Deep half guard is a style of guard that’s new-ish in sport BJJ. Since it’s a newer development, none of use really know or use that style of guard in our game.

And since none of use really use it….we (as a team) have generally had problems when someone runs into it at a tournament. So this pass technique is probably a pretty welcome lesson to some.

The last was a super slick ezekiel choke attack against the turtle guard. JP was grinning ear to ear and pointing at me. He’s a big ezekiel fan, and he knows that I turtle up on a regular basis. I might have to watch out!

We rounded things off with a few rounds of sparring. I paired up with Tall Josh and did well. I used the half guard sequence Damian showed me during our private, and got on his back. He escaped and I transitioned right into an arm triangle. Second round was with Purple Belt Tim. I’ve been on a self imposed break from rolling with Tim for a couple of months now. He choked me twice, but it took him longer than usual.

Gabriel Goulart Seminar

Saturday we had Gabriel Goulart come in and do a seminar on open and spider guard. Gabriel is a successful and talent black belt under Fabio Gurgel, and fellow Alliance teammate.

We had a pretty hellacious warmup. 10 jumping jacks and 10 bodyweight exercises per person…and we had 40-50 people easy.

The starting position for all of the techniques was a bit of a strange one. It’s the start of the double underhook pass…which would seem to be a bad spot to be in if you’re on the bottom, because you’re being set up to be passed, but we learned that you don’t have much to fear. If you have sleeve control, and can keep your hips heavy, he can’t pass.

From there, you can create space by moving one thigh up next to his head and pressing back, then circling your other foot over his head and onto his neck. Push, and then establish spider guard, with one foot on his hip and one on his bicep. That sequence was the base that we built the rest of the techniques upon.

From there, we did a sweep where you take your foot off his hip, pull on the same side sleeve to get him to step into you, and then release the sleeve and underhook the leg. Take your foot that is on the ground, and block his opposite knee. Push with both feet, stand up in base and you’ve swept.

We added a variation where either you can’t get your ground foot through, or he blocks it. You can snake your head though and then hook behind his knees with both feet, grab his belt and take his back. This is almost identical to the trick that Damian showed Bryant and I a while back.

If you release a sleeve and grab his collar instead, you can either pull on that collar and kick his hip out to sweep, or you can shoot your feet up for an omaplata from this base position too.

Pretty good stuff over all. We wrapped class up with a few 3 minute rounds of rolling, which included a round of Damian vs Gabriel.

I couldn’t forget my 531 press work, so I banged that out as well.

Dave Camarillo Seminar

I just got back from Dave’s seminar, and jumping right into documenting it all while it’s still fresh in my head. Big crowd today, there probably was 50 or 60 of us, so the mat was pretty crowded. All of the usual characters were there, plus some rarely seen ones, plus some complete strangers.

The techniques of the day were a combination of things. We started with the stack pass, the very first pass most jiu-jitsu students learn. As with everything Dave does, he’s added his own twists and optimizations on it. Instead of using a gable grip when passing, he just cups the thighs, keeping compact and tight on the bottom guy, posts up with one leg, and just slides the hips along to pass to side control.

From there, he taught us a really slick technique to take the back. He talked about the two types of control…the type where you prevent any movement, and the type where you only allow one type, the type you’re expecting. So from standard side control, we learned to switch our hips to neutralize the inside arm of the bottom guy, grip his near side knee, circle our head side hand around and grab his collar, and then pressure into him. His only option here is to attempt to get to his knees, so when he rolls away, we can shoot our bottom leg in and get the first hook. Dave spent alot of time demonstrating the next step, the correct hand position. The hand that was on the collar now circles the neck, and in a “vampire stabbing motion” establishes itself on his shoulder. Then we move the other hook in, and grab our own hand. We then learned some subtleties of the rear naked choke, and two variations of it.

Next up was what to do if he actually does make it to his knees, or if you’re attacking the turtle position. With one hook in, and using your other knee pinch his hip, you use one forearm to push his forehead to the mat, loop your other under his armpit, and gable grip on top of his shoulder. You can open your elbow and push down with your forearm as you roll back, and he can’t defend the second hook going in. Establish your vampire stake grip, and you’re good.

Lastly we chained it all together. Stack pass, take the back, choke. Very good stuff.

Dave’s a very good teacher, plus he had Damian, Klint and Brock Larson (with his brand new black belt!) roaming around fixing all of our mistakes.

Wrestling Clinic

Taking it easy yesterday really helped. I was still a little sore, but ready for the clinic. Wrestling really is the closest thing that there is to an American martial art that there is.

Jeremy is clearly talented and knowledgeable, and has a good teaching style. He does need to work a little bit on his delivery, he comes off a a little quiet some times.

We started with the arm drag take down that I’ve learned by osmosis this past week. Nice drilling it for a few minutes as a group while Jeremy walked around and corrected various things. We built it up, starting with no hands, since your head is really the key with this. Do it right and you and take the other guy down with just a flick of your neck. Then we added in one hand, then the other, then running through the whole thing. Once everyone had that down, we learned the dump part. If your opponent is pushing back into you, you can switch to a single leg and change directions and pull him in the direction that he’s pushing, and he’s on his butt.

We played around with some grip fighting, experimenting on where and when we could go for the arm drag and various setups for the technique.

Then we also did a variation where instead of arm dragging and clinching, you drag and then duck under his arm and grab the single. Push into him to get him to push back, then pull back and hold his ankle and lift it so he’s hopping on one foot. Grab his leg with your other hand, twist it and foot sweep his other leg and he’s on his butt.

Lastly, we worked a similar twist motion, but on the arm. If your opponent has a good grip on your lapel, you can cup his elbow with one hand, cup his forearm with the other, and do the same twist and pivot with your hips and dump him too. I found this to be a little bit trickier. Something to work on.

All in all, a pretty good workshop. I’ve been thinking a lot about the tournament coming up, formulating a mental game plan. This take down is going to be one of the two or three that I’m going to focus on.

Dave Camarillo Class

What a great class! Looked like everyone turned out, I counted 30-something of us. Including Tom and Matt who I haven’t seen in a month.

Dave seemed like a pretty nice guy. Sure knew what he was talking about. Just watching him showing the techniques, he seemed super smooth. And the couple of times I asked a question he took the time to answer and demonstrate where I was going wrong.

We started off with a simple judo foot sweep. Dave was a long time judo player (starting at age 5) and a black belt before he started doing jiu-jitsu. He’s undeniably the top guy that has combined the two. He teaches a very agressive & offensive style of both. The following foot sweep we warmed up with was just the right combo of simple and effective that appeals to me. I always like doing take down stuff, so this was perfect. Ethan and I drilled it away. The first couple of times were pretty awkward, and Dave overheard me telling Ethan how it must pain him seeing us butcher his art. He laughed and told us we needed to start somewhere.

Following Foot Sweep

The meat of the class was Dave’s “system” from closed guard. He has developed a strategy for each of the main positions, a default plan. And then relies on experience if and when things go awry from his plan. The first part of the system was the snake move. You release closed guard, and end up on your side with your bottom foot on his hip, and your other foot hooking his other hip, knee across his belly. From there we moved to the scissor sweep, drop your low foot, pull with it, kick with the high one and you’re in mount. Very similar to the simple sweep, but with your knee horizontal on his chest rather than at 45. I LOVE this sweep. It’ll get alot of use I think.

From the same position, we transitioned into an armlock. And then into a triangle if he defends. And then back into closed guard if things go really wrong. We worked various combos of going between these positions and attacks over and over. Good stuff. Dave spent the hours walking around, spending a little time with each of the pairs. At the end there were a few general questions. He emphasized the importance of grip fighting.

We had a couple of promotions yesterday too. Couple of guys got a stripe, and two new purple belts were handed out. One to a guy that’s been doing martial arts of one sort or another since 1967. 42 years! I hope I can keep going when I’m his age.

All in all a great class. Well worth the extra expense and time.