Thursday, October 30, 2008

No friday class

No class due to halloween. Booo.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Sunday Class

Today was a super fun class. We started out with killer Crampton cardio as always. We then drilled some of Robinho's stuff from the seminar. We practiced the side control arm pin and then the movement drill from one side of cross body to the other.

We finished the day with a "king of the mat" type drill. We had 5 people groups and each person got a turn going 4 consecutive 2 minute rounds with a fresh guy each time. It was fun as I got to roll with 2 awesome blue belts and 2 really awesome purple belts. It was a mental test as you are exhausted by the end, but must rely on technique to keep going.

I effed my knee up again on the last roll of the day. I iced it and it felt nominally better after, although sadly it feels like it will be an ongoing problem.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Sao Paulo Pass

Today was a very small class, as only like 6 people showed. This is probably due to Michigan vs Michigan State being on and the UFC being on later.

Clint taught us the "Sao Paulo Guard Pass". This is the one made popular by Tozi and Wilson Reis. Clint said Jorge uses this also.

You start with a deep underhook, making sure to apply pressure with your head under their chin. You then scissor your leg under your body, sitting out to the side. The key is to continue keeping your head down to avoid chokes/counters. You then push the opponents leg between yours, passing to half guard. You then finish like a normal half guard pass.

Friday, October 24, 2008

Competion Class

Today was supposed to be competition class. The big problem was nobody but me showed up =(

I hope this was a random thing. I understand not everyone has my psychotic obsession with BJJ, but I was hoping at least a few guys would show up.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Loop chokes from buttfly guard

Continuing with Robson's stuff, today we drilled the loop chokes from butterfly that he taught.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008


We worked on the armbar and triangle escapes today that Robson taught us.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Robson Moura Pt ii

More blissful learning from Robson today. We went over two gi loop chokes from butterfly guard, and an armbar and triangle escape. The seminar was cut short by an hour as Robsons plane left earlier then anticipated. Robson is a truly nice guy and fabulous bjj player. I am confident his tecnique will help my game permanantly.

Robson Moura Seminar

Tonight I had the pleasure of meeting BJJ legend and 7x world champion Robson Moura. The 3 hour seminar was blissful. We went over a couple of butterfly guard passes, a side control drill, a new side control position with 2 ways to set it up, and a choke from this new side control position. We finished with some cross guard stuff. We drilled the armbar Clint taught us from cross guard, but also he showed us brilliant flashes of other triangles, oma platas, and back takes from cross guard. It was truly amazing to watch Robsons cross guard game.

I will break down more details later.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Competition Class

I went to competition class tonight. My knee is kinda effed, but you only live once. It was run similar to last week where we did 4 minute rounds of match style bjj but with no submissions allowed. I rolled a few matches and did ok. I was nervous to up the intensity because of my bum knee.

There were two treats in the night. One was watching Hyde vs Crampton. The two purple belts rolled for a regulation 7 minutes, drawing plenty of "oohs" and "ahhs" from the dumbstruck whitebelts watching.

The second treat was that Clint stopped by the class....WITH ROBSON MOURA.


I can't wait until tomorrow and sunday. I don't even care if I can't walk afterwords.

Friday, October 17, 2008

I'm dying

I missed Thursdays class which sucks because I was excited to see Mr. Hyde teach. I am sick with some cold/flu type thing. I also somehow messed up my knee tuesday during open rolling. I don't think it's serious. I have been drugging up, sleeping, and icing my knee to get ready for ROBSON MOURA!!!!!

In just over 24 hours a BJJ legend will be at GRBJJ. I am not missing this and I don't care if I'm sick and can't walk. I will probably miss class tonight (competition class too damnit), as I want to have energy for this weekends blissful seminar.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Arm Bar stack defense

I am ill, but I still need a fix. I went to class and we had some hardcore cardio culminating in 3 delicious rounds of everyone's favorite...bug in a rug.

When you have an armbar from your guard, your mean opponent will sometimes stack you. By sometimes I mean always. If you have his right arm, then he stacks you, you take your right hand and post it on the outside of his right knee. You then follow your hand with your head and roll out finishing on the side of your opponent, still with the armbar.

The key with any armbar is your legs, and this variation is no different. you have to curl your legs against his back/head to keep him from escaping by jumping around you. If he just rolls, you just let him and do a traditional armbar.

Friday, October 10, 2008

Competition Class

Today we started the first competition class. This was the brainchild of Clint, and is designed for people looking to compete. Clint is off this weekend due to Brian Litwin's wedding stuff, so Mr. Hyde took the reigns of the class.

Since the class is in it's infancy, it was fairly free form. We mostly did timed, scored competition style matches, but with NO submissions. Ryan re-read the official NAGA and IFBJJ (or whatever it's called) rules and did his best to translate them for the mostly whitebelt crowd. I'm pretty sure every0ne there picked something up from this.

I really liked doing matches this way. I think continuing this will make rolling at tournaments more "automatic" and reduce the stress of high expectations. I had 3-4 matches and did ok. I got to work half guard at least a little in all my matches. I didn't really hit any pretty sweeps, but got some scrambles out of it and did a good job using the guard offensively, leaving myself in no danger. I think I also need to clean up my guard passing a little bit before NAGA chicago. The cool thing about this class is that I can work different strategies against a variety of opponents.

At the end of class Ryan asked for feedback which was all positive. Everyone wants to do more of the same and maybe add "sub only" rolls, longer rolls, cardio, and a few other tweaks. Something I didn't think of is we could also do some no-gi which is much needed for me. I am very excited for the future of this class!

Sweep from full guard

This has been a rough week at work driving wise. I drove to Southfield and back Tuesday and Wednesday, and today I had to drive to Okemos and back. I'm not feeling 100% and have been tired during the day. I don't have time for a cold/flu, so I might as well just move on.

Class started out on a fabulous note as Charles got his purple belt after 9 years in the sport. His mind is pure BJJ genius and I am lucky to have him on my team.

We worked on a continuation of the sweep Clint taught us Saturday. From full guard get a cross grip on the gi sleeve. Drag this hand across your body extending your arm fully holding his arm there. Shift your hips and go up on your elbow towards the opponents back. Sit up and with your free hand grab the opponents collar around his head to threaten choke.

The game is to push into the opponent, going to take his back. He will likely push back into you, at which point your use his momentum to roll him over your body and end up in mount. You want to keep the original hand grip pinned the entire time. From here, you can work to finish the choke or easily switch to s-mount and work armbar.

I rolled with 3 whitebelts. I am continuing to to work half guard which is coming along tough. I need to "land" better once accepting the guard to be able to fight off the cross face.