Pressure and more pressure.

Friday night at the academy brought small additions of information, but plenty of practice and recap for the lessons taught this week. This included a technique to grab the person’s foot you’re trying to mount and in reaction to them kicking out to defend, they give you an opportunity to mount them! Clever stuff.
There was an excellent reason for the recap. Professor has awesome things in store for us next week, to continue an assault on the ground.
Which brings us to Monday nights lesson, introduced as combination week. I couldn’t help but feel that the information transfer this week will be mind blowing…
We started the monday evening class with the warm-up consisting of running, side-stepping, heels to backside and knees to chest. We then did a basic circuit of 20 star jumps, 20 squats and finishing with 20 press-ups… 3 sets. We then done some light free sparring to just loosen up before the lesson began.
We briefly recapped the double leg takedown taught last week and went through the different variations of obtaining the mount. A detail from last week was controlling an arm after maintaining a cross body position, the basis of some of the combinations about to be taught to us this week. We also looked at some defensive options against the double leg takedown, one called the ‘brick wall’, which involved sending your hips forward with a long base, although the more common defence is to sprawl. Afterwards the Professor showed us a counter to the ‘brick wall’ which involved pivoting on the planted knee on the ground positioning yourself behind them, whilst they fall forwards. This was attempted but seemed very tricky to get the hang of.
Professor then demonstrated obtaining the mount position then proceeded to show us the positioning for setting up an arm-triangle from the mount position. The details were a combination of basic mount control with added details to make sure the connections were all tight. On observation everything was very systematic if a limb moved another replaced it pressure also being key.
Applying the pressure of the arm triangle was similar to applying the rear naked choke in the sense that it’s an expansion of the chest to close of any gaps and bringing the elbows together.
This was practiced a few times, with certain details being discovered slowly. Professor was very patient and understanding as he wanted to ensure we understood the details, whilst also answering numerous questions.
We then witnessed pure jiu-jitsu art in it’s most rawest form, a transition from the arm-triangle to an inverted leg-triangle. This involved keeping tight control over the person and making subtle adjustments to have the underside of the leg underneath their chin and locking in the position with the other leg. To make matters even more interesting, from that position it seemed the Professor wasn’t finished! We then were shown options of arm-locks , one being an americana and the other a straight arm-lock. To finish this relentless attack the Professor then repositioned himself to perform another arm-lock. It was truly mind blowing to see so many different attacks all spawning from one position.
We practiced and stumbled along, losing some of the details on the transitions until it occurred to me that this was similar to a multi tiered maths problem, meaning if you had a maths question that required you to use the answer for another question further down, if you didn’t get the first part right, the rest of it will be wrong too. To me, the principal is the same with jiu-jitsu transitions.
That concluded the lesson for the evening. The professor made it clear that this week will be focused around combinations and connections and there would be a lot of drilling to make sure we understand and remember the detail. However, if we wanted to get better we had to make sure to attempt these when sparring otherwise, it’s just another bunch of moves and most importantly the mindset we need to adopt is also paramount.
My thoughts, the wonder of this art is staggering and the basic concepts if understood makes the journey that much more enjoyable. I’ll be sure to do more drilling and cut down some of my sparring to retain as much knowledge as possible.
“Tapping out”

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