Saturday, 13 July 2013

On the Mat Day 390: Jiu Jitsu NERD #2

Friday seems to be not so popular for guys coming to our club lately. I'm guessing most of them come on Saturday now instead. The weather hit its peak last night at 37C and today (Saturday) its cooler so probably they decided to train today instead. I've decided to spar one off one because the heat is unbearable as it is. I wish we would go no-gi for the 3 months of hot summer.

We are currently working on breaking down the opponent in closed guard. This is done by either pulling on the elbows and shifting the hips out then taking the back or choke, the other way is to get a double grip on one of his sleeves and work it into a komu-lock position or shift it to one side to disturb his balance. I myself are currently working on omoplata after being inspired by Clark Gracie's ability to submit top level guys with a submission that has never really worked for me but has been good as a position to sweep from. I'm working on getting into omoplata mostly from spider lasso guard but many variations exists as shown in Jason Scully's video below.

The omoplata is a very good position/submission for guys who are bigger or stronger than you because you have 2 legs + 1 arm versus their 1 arm. They also have to be very agile to escape it.

Jiu-jitsu Nerd magazine is out now and I bought a copy of it. See the cover below.

It has a large amount of coverage on the Mundials with a nice list of how well the Japanese competitors did. It's content is geared towards competitors and gives the latest news on many of the events that have taken place recently. There are no techniques listed though. If you are a competitor, then this magazine will keep you up to date. The production quality of the magazine is quite good but does not match the heavy feel of pages common to many of the big name magazine. Some of the pages in my magazine were stuck together at the seams (probably a page cutting fault during the binding process). Still it is a good magazine if you want to keep abreast of the current competition world of BJJ.

Sparring time: 4 x 6 mins = 36 mins

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