BJJ class, Sun. 19 November


Back at BJJ after a month off letting my monster hooter set nice and crooked.

I’ve been cycling every day, stretching, and doing the occasional bodyweight workout to ensure that I didn’t just do nothing for a month, so it was not quite such a shock to be back at training.

Warmup drills were okay. We went straight into techniques and worked on a very simple guard pass which I’m not going to go into now, a jumping guard pass which I wasn’t too sure about, and then two techniques which I will outline now. Names are made up by me.

Opponent shoots. You sprawl. Most BJJer’s response is to then try to sit up into guard. As they bring one leg up to sitting position (in this case, right leg), underhook their leg. Put your left arm through the crook of their knee and secure a grip so that their leg rests in the crook of your elbow. Your right arm should be stopping their left shoulder, almost in a guillotine position, as happens a lot when you sprawl.

Now, spin them onto their back, with you landing in side control. Lift and throw the leg, turn and control the head. You kind of screw in a clockwise direction. Careful of your partner’s neck with this one, it can get stuck and be very painful if they are in any variation of the position they are supposed to be in.

Sweep against Butterfly Guard
Your opponent has a butterfly guard and you are sitting on their feet. It doesn’t matter how you end up in this position, but that’s where you are. As they sit up to begin doing something, snake your left arm under their right knee (from the outside in) and grab hold of the gi at their left knee. Keep everything tight. Then, reach over with your right hand, over their right shoulder (if they are tall) or right over their head (if they are short) to their back and grab a handful of gi. So now, you have a grip on their left knee with your left hand (snaked under their right knee) and a grip on their back. Twist clockwise, pulling the leg up and to the left and pulling the guy’s back towards the mat.

Careful of the fingers of your right hand as you put him on the mat. If your fingers are still scrunched up in his gi, it can hurt. Flatten them out before you land.

Keep hold of his leg until you secure a strong side control. Push the leg away and pin it to the floor, as he will almost definitely try to push his knee back in the gap if you let go too soon.

Sparring was surprisingly OK. We rolled for 6 minutes instead of 5, and I didn’t gas at all. I had a good, reasonably technical / slow-paced roll with a blue belt as a warmup. Then a very energetic roll with a guy I haven’t seen before; lots of skills for a white belt, very strong and very tenacious. Was able to hold my own and escape from a very tight triangle. Rolled with a blue belt which was great fun. The only sub was me managing to RNC him, which I was happy about, although to be fair, he seemed either really tired or really uninterested… it was a little too easy.

I managed to pull off both of the techniques outlined above during sparring which was fantastic as I had only been shown them that day. They worked very well.

Two other techniques which I learnt in Australia previously served me well today.

Tripod Sweep
My favourite sweep of all time when you are sitting and they are standing. It is so simple, and works very well if someone is not used to defending it.

Left hand on their right ankle. Grip with the thumb too, like you would grip a stick or club, to stop them stepping out of the grip. Put your feet on their hips, or anywhere really—the point is not to telegraph what you are going to do.

Place the right foot on their hip/waist area. Turn your body a little to the left, so you are lying on your left side. Pick your timing, play with their balance a little bit, then sweep their left foot with the back of your left leg. In other words, you are lying with a grip on their right ankle with your left hand, your right foot on their hip, and suddenly put your left leg through their legs and sweep their left foot back towards you. Same time, push with the right foot and pull with your left hand. Works 80% of the time for me. Follow them as they fall, you sit up and most of the time you can land in side control or at least in the half guard position.

Going to call this one the Bipod sweep!
Another one that worked a few times in sparring yesterday.

Opponent is standing, you are sitting. Grab their right ankle with your left hand. Your left leg is snaked around their right leg. It does not have to be too tight or in any special position. Just that their right leg is on the inside of your left thigh.

Play with the balance again. Yesterday I found it worked to use your right leg to kick out their left leg by pushing hard on their left knee with your right foot, so that they are off balance with the legs spread wide. Here is the “bipod” part: Post your left arm and right foot on the floor, but keep your left leg hooked on their right. Now, use your arm, leg, hip movement and momentum to reap that right leg. Sit up, bring your left leg back right under your butt. This pulls their heel under you. Press on their thigh/knee with your chest, which straightens out their leg. You can also just push them at the waist with your right hand.

It’s a cool move. It’s basically a single leg takedown, using your single leg.

Damn this stuff is hard to write down effectively. Still, the main purpose of this blog is to assist my terrible memory, and I know what I mean, so it’s okay.


2 Responses

  1. […] Tripod sweep […]

  2. Pulled off the old Tripod Sweep as an opening takedown in my first ever blue belt fight! SHWEEET!

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