Friday, July 30, 2010
As is evident in the above photo from this past Springs Grappling Games, I have a hell of a time breaking closed guard to pass. The reasons are simple. 1. I always try the push and blade away technique. 2. Most people will just open their guard and then I pass (Ive gotten by on luck).
Last night my coach Mike Ellefson (Brown Belt under Chris McCune-Rigan Machado) worked one on one with me on this aspect of my game. He told me what I already knew (I only try the one option) but then gave me the seeds of knowledge (other options/techniques)that I need to get better.
Here are my "go to options" for breaking closed guard (If they don't just open it for me. :).
1. Push and blade (my old stand-by)
2. Double Wrap the legs and sprawl back.
(Over hook each of their legs and cup the inside of each of your own legs. Place head into their solar plexus. Sprawl and create pressure).
3. Head to the mat and kick one leg up from a failed option #2 (if opponent is able to control your head/posture).
4. Single wrap one leg gator roll(using both arms - same side arm tight below the knee and the far arm wrapped under the hamstring). > Then sprawl, dive head just below crotch/in between legs, and roll under the controlled leg.
These notes are more for my own reference but feel free to comment or give me your two cents as well.
Till next time!
This week was the first time I was able to train since June 3, 2010 when I sprained my left knee (LCL). Having that time away from the mat made me appreciate our art even more. It was scary to hear my knee "make noises" and have thoughts run through my head like "why?". I thought for a day or two that I was crazy to be doing this stuff and putting my health at risk. In the end my having these thoughts allowed me to really study me, my family, Jiu Jitsu, my job, etc. It was a perfect example of the old adage "that which does not kill you, only makes you stronger". I read a post by Carlos Machado on facebook the other day that said "Jiu Jitsu will always be there, the mat will be waiting!" (I'm paraphrasing). That is sooooo true. Sure Im not where I want to be or in competition shape, but I AM back on the mats that were waiting for me. So with new focus and new found respect for everything, I move forward ENJOYING Jiu Jitsu and all the good it affords me on and off the mat. Thanks to my wife, kids, family, friends, and coaches who have supported me through this.