Sunday, December 24, 2006

Lesson 9 - Open Guard Standing Up Without Any Sleeve

On lesson 5 we saw a way to open and pass guard controlling one opponent’s sleeve, but some times your opponent won’t give to you his sleeve he can hide it putting both hands behind his neck and if you try get his sleeve from there you will expose your arm or your back. So we will see now a way to do almost the same thing on lesson 5 but standing up without to control the opponent’s sleeves.

You are on defensive posture inside opponent’s guard like we saw on lesson 4.

You want to stand up so you need to set a posture more offensive. Hold both of his lapels with one of your hands (over the yellow line like we saw on lesson 4), with your other hand do a grip on his pant or belt setting it over his hip bone. Keep pressing your fists against him in consequence him against the ground.

Now is time to stand up, and to do that in balance and stable you must put one foot on the ground each time. Your first foot on the ground must to be of the same side of your hand is controlling opponent’s lapels, because with this hand you can avoid him to hug your leg. An other point at this moment is get up fast don’t stuck with one foot and one knee on the ground. All the time pressing your fists against him, and him against the ground.

Now you are stood up you need a standing posture with your backbone straight take off his lapels and set this hand in-between your butt and his locked ankles. Deep your arm with your palm facing your butt, don’t grab nothing let this hand free. Shake your hip up and down shortly (not forward and backward and not side to side) at the same time keep deepening your arm in-between his legs trying cupping his thigh with your free hand. With your other elbow (the same arm that setting on his pants close his hip bone) force a little bit against his knee. Keep your hip shaking UP and DOWN SHORTLY. His locked ankles will open.

Detail of your hand in-between your butt and his locked ankles.

When it’s happen finish a tide cup on his thigh pressing it against your biceps. Don’t let his thigh to go over your shoulder. And the wrist of the hand that is setting on his pant, must to be close of your hip because at this moment you have a high risk to receive a triangle choke. Don’t let his hip slide to the ground keep it close your hip let only his shoulders plates on the ground.

Almost at the same time forget his pant (close to his hip) and drive this hand in-between your hip and his hip, doing a grip on his pant again, but now close to his tailbone. After that the rest will be exactly like lesson 5.

Only when you will be secure with this grip on his butt (avoiding triangle choke) forget your hand cupping his thigh and with this hand palming down reaching the opponent’s opposite collar doing a good grip and set your forearm on his neck.

Trap his leg using your shoulder and head. Drive his leg to his face like trying to put his knee in his face. At the same time lift his but with your hand over there and force your forearm on his neck (sometimes if he is not protect him self he will tap at this point). Put your knee on the ground at the same side of your forearm on his neck. Move slowly with this knee and your other foot to his side, keeping his leg trapped and pressing his knee against his face.

As soon as you will be on his side change the action on his butt. Instead of lifting his butt, push it to the ground keeping his leg trapped with your head and shoulder. He will be on a really uncomfortable situation and you just need give to him a gap on his leg drive your chin up and let it go to achieve the side control situation.

Sunday, December 10, 2006

Lesson 8 - Arm Bar from Mount

Here in Brazil we call arm-lock. It is an English word but in US they call arm-bar, I don’t know why!

I will show one simple way to do it first. Like with other moves on this website I will start to show a simple way first and latter we will see again with other details and others complex ways to do the same move.

Here we go! You are on mount and your opponent gave to you his arm.

You will involve his arm using your arm at the same side, grabbing your own collar. Make sure you are pressing your elbow against his elbow, and everything against your chest. Scroll up your mount blocking his triceps with your thigh.

At this moment just to figure out the next step, pay attention on a detail: Your opponent has two arms, one that is controlled and other one that is free.

Set your foot on the ground at the same side of his free arm; make sure your heel will be really tied on his ribs. Set your free hand on opponent’s chest. Open your groin setting your crotch close to his shoulder. Slide your knee on the ground getting close of the top of his head, and pointing your tailbone to out side, facing his free arm (turning your whole body).

Now think on a drawing compass. A drawing compass has two legs, one with a needle and other one with graphite lead. When you are using a compass you fix the needle on paper and let the graphite lead slide making a circle. So on this spot your hand on his chest and your foot on the ground both will be the “needle” and your other leg that is with knee close to the top of his head will be the “graphite lead”. You need set your “graphite lead” leg over the opponent’s face and sit down on the ground. One important point here is set your thigh over the opponent’s face before, and sits down on the ground latter (almost at the same time but fraction of second latter). It is really important keep your crotch close to his shoulder during the whole action.

Use your back muscle to lie down.

When you are ling down make sure to hold his wrist don’t letting it twists. Keep his thumb pointing to ceiling.

As soon as you will be lied down set your head and heels on the ground. Make sure his wrist is tied on your chest. Drive your hip up until he tap.

Saturday, December 09, 2006

Lesson 7 - "Americana" from Mount

You are on mount. You have many options to attack your opponent. Now we will see the “Americana” or key lock like some people call in US.

Reach on diagonal, with your palm down, the opponent’s wrist.

Keeping his arm bended and put his wrist on the ground.

Set your elbow on the ground really tied on opponent’s neck and trapezium muscle. At this moment is very important keep his arm bended because he will fight against it.

Drive your other hand under your opponent’s elbow, and using your palm down, reach your own wrist.

Pay attention on the subtle of let your thumbs close with fingers like “monkey hand”.

Everything is already. To submit your opponent you need keep on the ground your forearm that is reaching his wrist. Keep his hand on the ground also all the time. Lift your other forearm that is reaching your own wrist, in consequence you will lift his elbow. At the same time slide his hand on the ground driving it to your knee.

Keep doing both actions at the same time until he to tap.

Watches when you will master this move, don’t hurt your opponent, be carefully.