Tuesday, October 19, 2010

I May Not Be The Brightest Crayon In The Box...

...but I am certainly the most stubborn.

Thanks to my fantastically awesome sister in law, Stephanie, I was able to go to class this afternoon. (Thanks Steph! You're the bestest!!)

It felt awesome to get back to grappling! We worked a sweep from half guard that I absolutely love. The set up is a little difficult to explain. The person on top is trying to prevent you from swimming their outside arm (so you can take their back or whatever nefarious thing you plan to do) and so they block the swim with their head, and the arm on that side, keeping pressure across your torso to try to hold you down.
To do the sweep, you swim the OTHER arm with both of your arms, bringing your head through. You'll end up with one arm across the back of their shoulders and neck. From there, you hip into them, using the leg you have in half guard to take out their base. Over they go.

I like this sweep because the defenses to it open up a lot of other possibilities. For example, if they sprawl to prevent the sweep, you can come around and take their back. If that doesn't work, then at that point, you will probably at least be able to return to butterfly guard or even full guard.

Just a lot of possibilities.

My neck did alright during class. It's sore again tonight. Ice and ibuprofen. And going to bed happy. :)


Dev said...

just be careful, you...

but good for you. Steph rules. :)

Anonymous said...

Soooo, did Steph babysit to be nice, or was she secretly hoping you would get your butt kicked?

I'm just kidding. Tell Steph she gets props from the bjj bloggers! That was very nice of her.

Take care,

Liam H Wandi said...

Very nice to hear your bare feet touched the mat again :o)

Jiujitsunista said...

She lies. I'm a super jerk. =) I actually was hoping she would get her butt kicked. LOL