Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Sprained Right A-C Joint

My right shoulder was really hurting and I had my chiropractor check it out. He says that I have a sprained Right A-C Joint, with possibility of fracture (need to rule out with x-ray). However, he doesn't believe that it's a fracture therefore x-ray was not done, and that I should let the shoulder heal for about 3 weeks before continuing BJJ.

I'm pretty disappointed because I know anytime I take time off the mats my BJJ starts to suffer. I'm also frustrated knowing that I can't train for so long.

I'm looking for any advice, suggestions, or strategies to help me maintain if not improve my BJJ while having an injured shoulder?


Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Tips from Alby

  • If you cross your legs wrong in half guard, you can get kneebar-ed. If the outside leg is straight, your opponent can grab it roll over and finish with a kneebar. Therefore, you have to prevent your outside leg from being straight and tuck the ankle into the other leg.
  • Triangles are everywhere. He got me in the inverted triangle twice!

Thursday, October 18, 2012

More small tips

Put your forearm on your thigh to prevent your opponent's leg from touching your hip, if their leg can touch your hip then they're closer to retaining guard.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Advice from Alex

Don't waste energy defending (being passive), keep attacking, it's the same amount of energy but it keeps your opponent's weight off you.

For the leg that needs to shoot up for a triangle, PIN IT DOWN! Overhook like Sam showed and pin the leg down so your opponent doesn't kick it up for the triangle.

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Passing Concepts

General De La Riva Guard Passing Concepts:
  1. Unlock opponent's DLR leg hook.
  2. Free ankle from opponent's.
  3. Control opponent's legs to pass.
Standing DLR Pass (Starting grips = opponent's lapel and opponent's pants leg. Make sure for the lapel grip, your elbow is on top of your knee): 
  1. Unlock opponent's DLR leg hook.
  2. Pass opponent's pushing leg through and in between your leg.
  3. Kick out your leg from opponent's ankle hook.
  4. Kick out and pass your leg while maintaining control of opponent's pants leg into knee on belly.
Kneeling DLR Pass (Starting grips are the same as the Standing Pass):
  1. Unlock opponent's DLR leg hook.
  2. Kneel down to unhook your opponent's ankle hook.
  3. Stand and kick out and pass your leg while maintaining control of opponent's pants leg into knee on belly. *NOTE* When passing here, the lapel grip changes into a fist pressure to prevent your opponent from moving.
(Sam's) Smash DLR Pass(Starting grips are the same as the Standing Pass):
  1. Unlock opponent's DLR leg hook.
  2. Pass opponent's pushing leg through and then smash down on it, overhooking the passing with a pants grip, while underhooking the opposite leg.
  3. When ready control the pants grip and hop over.
General Spider Guard Passing:
  1. Tuck your elbows to your stomach.
 Side Control Spider Guard Pass:
  1. Tuck your elbows to your stomach.
  2. Under grip the pants legs (maintain high posture).
  3. Obtain a sleeve grip (this will dictate the passing side).
  4. Under grip the pants leg o the sleeve grip side.
  5. Step to side of the passing hips.
  6. Yank and stretch out opponent into knee on belly.
Step Over Spider Guard Pass:
  1. Tuck your elbows to your stomach.
  2. Under grip the pants legs (maintain high posture).
  3. Hip into your opponent and sit on their hips.
  4. Step over your opponent and now you will be laying on their hips.
  5. Underhook opponent's arm (to prevent them from taking their back).
  6. Then pressure and pass into side.