Haven’t done one of these in a while but here goes.
Tonight was a good solid night of training at 10th Planet Van Nuys.
On Tuesdays I teach a fundamentals bjj class before training in Advanced class. This month in Fundamentals we’re doing the mount position and in Advanced we’re focusing on some closed or basic open guard sweeps. Old school Jiu jitsu and I love it.
Personally, today I wanted to focus on some of my X Guard Sweeps and maybe some basic Kimura attacks from side control or North South. Some tough rolls in the room but all in all it was a good training day. I definitely know I want to work on some guard retention stuff. I was getting passed fairly often by some of the higher belts and that roll can get rough once they’ve passed.
That being said, a huge piece of advice given to me a while back recently resurfaced in the form of a Marcelo Garcia video where he talks about defense.
“Staying offensive keeps your opponent reacting to you and therefore you aren’t reacting to them. Keep them on the defensive”
We finished with some Padwork and drilling. I’ll be cornering a few of my fighters on November 22nd at an amateur MMA promotion. Anyway, I’ll be back at it tomorrow. Stay tuned!
After a week of two morning sessions, one night, and a private training session with Coach Alder @ 10th Planet Van Nuys, I’m absolutely exhausted. Really put in work this week and feel good about training. I still need to work on anymore defense if I can. Defensive postures and using them to escape bad spots, etc. Loving training though and I feel like I’m getting better everytime I step on the mat.
However, my shoulder has been really acting up lately. I think it’s cause I haven’t done any resistance or weight training for a little while, but it feels strained. I definitely need to get back to weights and stuff but not while I’m aching like this. Until then, some Bengay and rest should do the trick till next week.
Im kinda bummed about missing tonights practice even though I know my body needs the rest. On Thursday nights, Black Belt, Brent comes by and teaches some techniques. Brent is super technical as well and gives lots of help to everyone no matter how packed the gym gets. I think it’s really cool that Brent comes in and helps Alder out on Thursdays.
Awesome morning class today. I showed up about 5 minutes late and everyone was starting to warm up. I changed my clothes and jumped right in. More Kimuras this week. Finishing at 90 degrees from full guard, finishing from Half Guard, and a cool self defense style rolling kimura that’s finished on top. All week working on Kimuras has definitely made it so the second my opponents hand is on the mat, Kimura is the first thing on my mind.
The first drill we did was to teach us to get out to 90 degrees, kind of like the swing and chop for armbars from full guard. Except here, you just pivot your body into a sort of side crunch and twist and pinch your knees to get the right angle. Next, we did the full move. grab the hand, reach over the shoulder and hip out so the foots on the mat, lock up the Kimura grip, break the posture, get the perfect angle, keep his hand tight to your body, opposite buttcheek, and finalllllllly, bench press.
The Half Guard one was fairly similar except the opponent usually dfends by grabbing his shorts. We worked on how to get that arm anyway.
The last one is if you get caught with a bear hug from behind. Break the grip and change levels, and lock up the Kimura grip and use one butterfly hook to basically make them do a forward roll. Come up on top and finish the Kimura from on top.
Lots of details to the Kimura but it’s definitely worth it. The Kimura is one of the few moves that can be hit from several places. I’m really lovin the move. Gunna continue working on it.