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10.30.2005

"A blackbelt in jiu-jitsu is a just a white belt who didn't quit"

My JKD and BJJ coach, Jack McVicker, closed practice with this quote today. Very appropriate. Must of the accomplisments in my life from school to competition have been accomplished by tenacity and not quitting the the things that I enjoy. I remember the days when I started training with Goshin Jitsu I got beat up...all the time...at every practice...repeatedly...today I'm the chief instructor!

Today in JKD & BJJ we did hubud (Filipino "energy" work sort of like chi sao or "sticky hands") and set up double legs with it using:
(1) The "traditional" under hand pass of the elbow
(2) A wrestling arm drag on the tricep
(3) Off lop sao pok sao to obtain the plum position on the neck*

*I need to play with the thai head/neck control with some knees to see if I can set up some better shots...

Proceeding with the wrestling theme we worked defense using the hands to "pop" the shoulders on the shot and sprawling. Jack presented an excellent drill: have your partner put his hand a centimeter over your head, when you sprawl you should not come up and hit the hand, but instead drop instantly. The keys on the sprawl are the hips driving through your opponent and into the mat and placing the top of the foot on the floor. I like this for competion on a mat, but for self-defense I'd still land on the balls of my feet.

We worked passing the half-guard:
(1) Control the kimono by looping it under opponent's arm and control with head side arm. Other arm is inserted in the crook of his leg. Place your free knee at his hip. Slide your foot all the way to his butt and slide knee to the floor so your are in a "poor" mount. Move swivel the free foot up to push your caught foot out and slide to mount. I'm pretty poor at this one, my base feels off -- but I did pull it off rolling =D

(2) Next use the same basic framework: Control the kimono by looping it under opponent's arm and control with head side arm. Other arm is inserted in the crook of his leg. BUT this time insert the free shin at his hip, use this to lever your caught fought out. If he's persistent use the free foot and push on the knee and take side mount.

(3) Finally, with the same set up: Control the kimono by looping it under opponent's arm and control with head side arm. Now, pop up and insert and underhook across his body as your knee drops to the floor on the same side as your free leg. Release the kimono and grab sameside arm control, maintain underook. Now use your free foot to kick your caught leg out. Best option for no-gi.

As per usual rolled for about an hour after practice, trying to work mostly on refining my movement and position. I still feel like I let my center of mass (COM) to high, especially when passing. Something to work for.

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