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In an effort to streamline my life a little and make things run more efficiently, I’m closing the regular Training Diary entries.

The way I normally work these things is transcribe the notes I make which are the entries you see below. The problem is that with the rigours of a busy life I’m finding it hard to keep up with the backlog. This means I’m limiting the time I can devote to writing articles and doing other daily pursuits.

I know people have found my development plan useful (thanks for the kudos Hoff) and I hope you continue to find new ways to improve your training. It’s just at this moment in time publishing my training diary is taking up too much time, I hope you enjoyed it and who knows it may return.

Keep reading the rest of the blog and good luck with your training.

Adam Adshead

29/12/07 Tidal Motion 2 filming.

With the aforementioned technical difficulties ironed out, we were good to go with the filming.

We started with all the talking parts and then moved onto the visuals. Everything went smoothly and we covered using Tidal Motion as:

· An anti-guard pass strategy.

· A guard retention strategy.

· A tool to boost your Rear Naked Choke game.

· A tool to boost opening up someone playing a super tight ‘under side control’ game.

· Plus some other bits.

Thanks to the guys for helping as ever and as a reward we rolled for a bit and filmed some of the rolls which may feature online or on the video.

I’ve not even started editing yet, but I hope to have the video online as soon as possible.

27/12/07 Tidal Motion 2 filming (Take 1)

With the gym officially closed for Christmas, I took the time to film another video.

Tonight’s subject was TIDAL MOTION 2.

After filming the introduction to Tidal Motion, I thought I should film another video explaining the concept in further detail.

Unfortunately after lugging down a lot of kit, some superfluous, some a necessity, I had huge problems with the audio recording. Basically, my brother dropped his camera I borrow, the audio now doesn’t work ergo I record the audio separately on a Dictaphone. The Dictaphone was also officially closed for Christmas and frustration levels reached a new level.

So after trying to rectify the problem, we decided to give up and just have a play with Tidal Motion to see if my plans for filming were as extensive and waterproof as I’d like.

With Doug in attendance but down with the flu, it was left for me and James Sirloin to have a play about. This proved handy to formulate the structure for filming but also to keep us warm in our sub zero gym.

Using Tidal Motion to make space and get back to my knees really got me thinking about working my options from my knees. Having massively worked my guard for the last few months and with it coming to the end of the year, I think its time for a change.

So subsequent rolls allowed me to solidify this notion and decide on working my ‘Taking the back’ and RNC game. Having developed using Tidal Motion to escape from guard passes it seems like a logical progression to actually do something once I’m back on my knees.

I’m looking forward to developing this side of my game further in the New Year.

Coming Soon: Filming take 2

22/12/07 – BJJ Sparing -Team Roken thanksgiving.

Being officially the last session of the year, a few of us decided to blow off some steam and have a bit of a wacky session – with notable mentions Doug and James.

The rolls today were very much high pace no-gi affairs with Japanese combat wrestling, Team Roken (Imanari) and Takumi Yano – the main calling for inspiration.

So plenty of low percentage wacky moves, leg lock wars and general tomfoolery ensued.

Really enjoyed the session, a lot of fun was had by all.

Afterwards Me, Doug and James (AKA Team Roken Stockport) reflected on the year gone by, where we hope to be this time next year and what we want to work etc.

Development plan

Didn’t work as I had a crazy Team Roken session.

For those not in the know this is Masakazu Imanari:

AND Takumi Yano

21/12/07 – Wrestling Sparing – Footwork and such

I’m really enjoying developing my stand up wrestling and clinch work and I know everyone else is too.

With what now is becoming the regular wrestlers, (Me, Doug, Meat and Rick) Phil had us spar and spar and spar, whilst tweaking our faults along the way.

For me footwork was letting me down by not allowing me to capitalise on forward pressure and also just being more mobile etc.

After a good few rounds I felt more and more comfortable working my footwork, which was great.

Really enjoyed the session.

Development Plan:

1. Continual usage of the plaster cast while sparring. – Yes, worked the foot positioning a lot and also my general footwork. (As well as foot work)

2. More options and entries whilst hand fighting. – Not really worked anything different as I was focusing more on footwork.

3. Integrate level changes into the mix to improve my single leg takedown. – Still working a Royler/Marcelo low level stance which works really well to scope in for the single leg but compromises my footwork.

So I need to look at my posture and how my improving footwork can work with level changes.

4. Use mental decision trees to evaluate my options and then act on them. – Still coming to terms with thinking like this when on my feet, but its working. Its something I’ll continue to focus on.

5. Head pressure. Finding myself doing this more often than not now, but still need to work on it.

6. Foot sweep. – Not worked today.

19/12/07 – BJJ

WORKING AWAY IN SHEFFIED, so I missed training for the first time this year! 😦

Saturday 15/12/07 BJJ Sparing –Triangle season is officially open

Have you ever had it when you come to training and you just end up playing one thing? Well for me today it was the triangle.

Usually, I’m pretty good at working me development plan, but I just became embroiled in working my triangle against everyone!

It wasn’t a bad thing, I’ve been working my triangle for the past few months and it is my submission of choice from guard, so it wasn’t a wasted session.

Development plan

1. Just worked my triangle, so no development plan worked.

Training diary 12/12/07 BJJ Screwing up passes

Having been looking at various ways and concepts of passing, tonight we looked at what the person on the bottom can do to hamper the pass.

I’ve really started to develop my guard game as of late, so this session really allowed me to see what I was missing and also show people what I’ve been playing around with.

Things like the ‘over the back, under the armpit’ grip. (I need a better name for that) and the Gable grip extension of that position.

Development plan

1. Continuation of passing game – Working at blending the close range passing stuff from tonight and my more developed distance passing. It’s working really well and I’m looking forward to working on it more.

2. The UPA and Running escape development –Because of the passing guard not massively focusing on this at the moment. Although if I am getting swept when passing I am working it, so it warrants primary development status.

3.Cecil’s low posture ideas. Working this idea when I’m pulled into closed guard and making sure I’m squaring the hips to make sure that I’m avoiding the chance of submission. I’m finding that I’m using Tidal Motion to effectively make space and stay in the open guard range. This limits the chances of submissions and also sweeps and increases the percentage of passes. I’ll look to develop this theory further.

Secondary Development plan.

1.Tidal Motion

2.Decision Tree thinking

3.One sided/triple attack grip play. (Collar, Spider in bicep and cuff)

4.?????? – Not telling you yet, it’s a secret I’m developing but don’t want to go into it yet. I’ll be fully documenting it, but not yet.

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08/12/07 – BJJ Sparring

Still ill as Morrissey once said.

Only 4 training today. (Doug, Meat, Jez and Rick) So we really aided everyone’s game with a personal tailored do-to list. With the class being so small I basically picked a few things that I’ve noticed in people’s games and showed them a few options for development. So with a fair few rolls it was nice to see people developing on my and the rest of the gang’s advice.

Development plan.

Not worked as still ill. 😦

07/12/07 – Foot Sweeps

I was ill so didn’t train.

The customary seasonal cough and cold visited and stayed for at least a few more days than it warranted, therefore I just watched.

Johninho taught some really tidy and useful foot sweeps which we had touched on previously but not massively. From what I saw the combination of what Phil taught and what Johninho showed will work really well in a modern clinch setting, but as I didn’t train I’ll have to really work on catching up next session.

Development Plan

Not worked as I was poorly. 😦

05/12/07 – Passing Theory

Tonight we worked on passing guard and the theory behind it.

Phil worked this really well and as I’m working passing at the moment, I took a lot from the session. For me the light bulb came when I started to focus on controlling the hips and then letting my body do the rest.

In the past my passing hasn’t revolved around a foundation of hip control but a more progressive iterative process of controlling the legs, then the hips, then upper body etc OR a more standing based timing meets knee pin type pass.

So it’s nice to have another option.

For me I basically play a low posture then work up, break the legs apart with distance and then glue myself to the hips. Once I’ve done that I can look at using my dextrous flexible legs and hips to pick away at isolating a leg or two and then passing. Works really well and something I’ll integrate with my other passing options for more depth and avenues to explore.

Development plan

1. Continuation of passing game – Working at blending the close range passing stuff from tonight and my more developed distance passing. It’s working really well and I’m looking forward to working on it more.

2. The UPA and Running escape development -.Because of the passing guard not massively focusing on this at the moment. Although if I am getting swept when passing I am working it, so it warrants primary development status.

3.Cecil’s low posture ideas. Working this idea when I’m pulled into closed guard and making sure I’m squaring the hips to make sure that I’m avoiding the chance of submission. I’m finding that I’m using Tidal Motion to effectively make space and stay in the open guard range. This limits the chances of submissions and also sweeps and increases the percentage of passes. I’ll look to develop this theory further.

Secondary Development plan.

1.Tidal Motion

2.Decision Tree thinking

3.One sided/triple attack grip play. (Collar, Spider in bicep and cuff)

4.?????? – Not telling you yet, it’s a secret I’m developing but don’t want to go into it yet. I’ll be fully documenting it, but not yet.

01/12/07 – Passing

A really good session for working my passing game.

Played a little guard against visiting Joey and Chris as I’ve never properly rolled with them, so thought I’d show them more of a varied game.

Development plan

NOTE: With everything I was very aware of the decision trees for each decision that I was presented with. This tactic really allows me to focus on what I need to do and ultimately increase the development on everything in my plan. Therefore this position is being placed in the secondary plan for a while.

1. Continuation of passing game – Continue to look at timings and Tidal Motion. Basically looking at what I do in terms of positioning and movement to disrupt their guard game and increase my chances of passes. Especially looking at staying out of range to increase the pass and/or allowing them to commit to a sweep or guard before passing with their now limited mobility.

2. The UPA and Running escape development. Because of the passing guard not massively focusing on this at the moment. Although if I am getting swept when passing I am working it, so it warrants primary development status.

3.Cecil’s low posture ideas. Working this idea when I’m pulled into closed guard and making sure I’m squaring the hips to make sure that I’m avoiding the chance of submission. I’m finding that I’m using Tidal Motion to effectively make space and stay in the open guard range. This limits the chances of submissions and also sweeps and increases the percentage of passes. I’ll look to develop this theory further.

Secondary Development plan.

1.Tidal Motion

2.Decision Tree thinking

3.One sided/triple attack grip play. (Collar, Spider in bicep and cuff)

4.?????? – Not telling you yet, it’s a secret I’m developing but don’t want to go into it yet. I’ll be fully documenting it, but not yet.

28/11/07 BJJ Combat Base

Phil’s session looked at using combat base as a vehicle to pass guard. Working on the fundamentals of the position we went through various passes and played around situation ally at working it into our game.

Me and Doug, in our pair – went one step further by looking at ways to stop and obstruct the passes, which in turn looked at eliminating the holes in using combat base to pass. After that we rolled for the rest of the night.

Development Plan

NOTE: With everything I was very aware of the decision trees for each decision that I was presented with. This tactic really allows me to focus on what I need to do and ultimately increase the development on everything in my plan.

1. One sided/triple attack grip play. (Collar, Spider in bicep and cuff) – At the moment I’m predominately working on my guard passing. With Doug and Meat working guard, I’m playing the opposite to best aid our development and that of my own. Therefore this position is being placed in the secondary plan for a while.

2. Continuation of passing game – Continue to look at timings and Tidal Motion. Basically looking at what I do in terms of positioning and movement to disrupt their guard game and increase my chances of passes. Also I want to integrate Cecil’s passing theory into the above plan.

3. The UPA and Running escape development. Because of the passing guard not massively focusing on this at the moment. Although if I am getting swept when passing I am working it, so it warrants primary development status.

4.Cecil’s low posture ideas.Working this idea when I’m pulled into closed guard and making sure I’m squaring the hips to make sure that I’m avoiding the chance of submission. I’m finding that I’m using Tidal Motion to effectively make space and stay in the open guard range. This limits the chances of submissions and also sweeps and increases the percentage of passes. I’ll look to develop this theory further.

Secondary Development plan.

1.Tidal Motion

2.Decision Tree thinking

3. ?????? – Not telling you yet, it’s a secret I’m developing but don’t want to go into it yet. I’ll be fully documenting it, but not yet.

25/11/07 BJJ Comp

BJJ comp

Again, just want to document James’ competition here. So just want to say that I think not winning the competition did more for James than winning it ever could.

He’s come away with areas he wants to develop and we’re all very proud of how well he did against some serious seasoned vets of the competition scene.

Well done James you did us proud.

24/11/07 Cecil Burch Seminar

Cecil

Having already discussed this on the forum, I just want to add a brief entry.

Cecil’s seminar was fantastic. So simple yet effective stuff, which will definitely plug the gaps in my game.

The Running escape and Upa – Combined are so powerful and will boost my escapes no end.

The low guard posture. – With the likes of James and Doug building their guard, I need this more than ever.

The half and normal guard passing – Again invaluable and ties in nicely with Tidal Motion. I’m sure I’ll be jiggling the development plan to adopt Cecil’s seminar topics straight away.

Triple threat- Hip bump/Kimura/choke

New Development plan

NOTE: With everything I was very aware of the decision trees for each decision that I was presented with. This tactic really allowed me to focus on what I needed to do and ultimately increase the development on everything in my plan.

1. One sided/triple attack grip play. (Collar, Spider in bicep and cuff) –

I’ve started experimenting more with alternative grips, setups and such with interesting results. What I need to do now is really work at tightening everything up, so I’m playing the same ‘shapes’ when rolling with people no-gi and this is really helping.
2. Continuation of passing game –

Continue to look at timings and Tidal Motion. Basically looking at what I do in terms of positioning and movement to disrupt their guard game and increase my chances of passes. Also I want to integrate Cecil’s passing theory into the above plan.

3. The crazy counter intuitive side control escape now becomes UPA and Running escape development.

Clubbing everything together will really boost my escaping from underneath.

4. Matt Serra’s squaring the hips now becomes Cecil’s low posture ideas.

Again combining Cecil’s ideas and Serra’s squaring of the hips, I’m sure it will really supercharge this area of development.

Secondary Development plan.
1,Tidal Motion

2. ?????? – Not telling you yet, it’s a secret I’m developing but don’t want to go into it yet. I’ll be fully documenting it, but not yet.

23/11/07 Wrestling Leg Sweeps

Phil worked through some leg sweeps which worked really well and were simple enough for someone like me to pick up.

We then went onto spar it out a little, which gave me some time to work on my clinch wrestling development plan.

Development Plan:

1. Continual usage of the plaster cast while sparring.
– Yes, worked the foot positioning a lot and feel like its becoming more integrated into my game. Still some way to go yet.

2. More options and entries whilst hand fighting. – Not really worked anything different. Although trying more arm drags after last week and also used some of my ‘go to’ entries more convincingly.

3. Integrate level changes into the mix to improve my single leg takedown. – Still working a Royler/Marcelo low level stance which works really well to scope in for the single leg, so level changing isn’t a massive issue. But because I am so low to the ground, it means avoiding getting table topped etc.

Still working the level change when I’ve got an underhook and get a side on position and its really helping me drive more pressure in and it opens up more options.

4. Use mental decision trees to evaluate my options and then act on them. – Still coming to terms with thinking like this when on my feet, but its working. Its something I’ll continue to focus on.

5. Head pressure.
Finding myself doing this more often than not now, but still need to work on it.

6. Foot sweep. I like foot sweeps, so am looking to build on one from double undercooks. Watch this space.

21/11/07 BJJ Timings

With our lovely new mats and increased mat space, we just rolled with the intention of trying to further implement the decision tree ideas that we played around with last week.

In the past I used the more ‘senior’ guys to work on my development plan, today I worked it on everyone. This allowed me to be working on my development plan 100% of the time increasing the amount I developed.

Simple really, never waste a second and stay focused on what I’m developing.

Development plan from the last BJJ session – Checklist

NOTE: With everything I was very aware of the decision trees for each decision that I was presented with. This tactic really allowed me to focus on what I needed to do and ultimately increase the development on everything in my plan.

1. One sided/triple attack grip play. (Collar, Spider in bicep and cuff) –

As mentioned last entry I’ve really worked the weaknesses of this position/strategy.

I’ve started experimenting more with alternative grips, setups and such with interesting results. What I need to do now is really work at tightening everything up, so I’m playing the same ‘shapes’ when rolling with people no-gi and this is really helping.

2. Continuation of passing game – Especially more knee pin entries.

Again some really great battles and exchanges of technical prowess.

Not really worked the knee pin entry tonight.

Instead I’ve worked at timings and tidal motion. Basically looking at what I do in terms of positioning and movement to disrupt their guard game and increase my chances of passes.

Doug told me that he basically watches people’s movement and knows when the best time to pass is. This usually occurs when he puts people on the back foot, uses tidal motion and when they sit back up to come back in – he looks to pass. Genius!

So, I’ve been using this idea and it works really well. I’m working at putting people on their backs by lifting legs, making space and pushing people back when I’m on my feet.

Really enjoying developing this at the moment, so expect more of this in the future.

3. The crazy counter intuitive side control escape.

Still trying to fit this in with my own escape game. Focused a lot on guard today (either in or passing) so I’ll continue to look at this.

4. Matt Serra’s squaring the hip whilst in someone’s guard game.

Still developing it but have got to a stage with it that it no longer needs direct attention from the main development plan. Therefore its being demoted into the secondary development plan.

5. Tidal Motion – always working, especially for ‘Timing and distance for passes’ – Also demoted into the secondary plan, as I use it for EVERYTHING anyway, so no real need to document the development of it every session.

6. Timing and distance for passes.
– SEE POINT 2.

Develop further:

1. More of the above

Secondary Development plan.

1. Tidal Motion
2. Matt Serra’s squaring the hips

P.S Just ordered myself a camera, so expect plenty of pictures in these training entries real soon. Smile

17/11/07 BJJ Sparring Triple Threat

Today, as ever, I’ve really used the session to work on my development plan. Noteable rolls and shout outs to Doug and Meat, who I have such an enjoyable and developmental roll with.

Me and Doug are very much looking at opposing sides of the guard vs. passing battle. I’m looking at passing and he is looking at sweeping. We’re both still playing opposing ends but having some super technical wars trying to out wit each other, always a pleasure to roll with people like that.

Development plan from the last BJJ session – Checklist

1. One sided/triple attack grip play. (Collar, Spider in bicep and cuff) –

Found that switching up the position to a more transient one works wonders! Basically, I’m dropping down to 2 then adjusting then going back to three when the threat of the pass is over. I’ve found that I sometimes need the other ‘one’ to stop the pass, so adapting the position this way has tightened things up. Also looking at playing around with watching body positioning and using tidal motion to supercharge its effectiveness.

I’m very happy with the development of the position and will still look at improving it. Still finding a lot of triangle entries (Venus fly traps) and its becoming increasingly hard for people to pass my guard if I play the triple threat effectively.

2. Continuation of passing game – Especially more knee pin entries.

Again some really great battles with Doug and Meat. Some real exchanges of technical prowess.

Working the knee pin entry a little more, including a sneaky wrong knee entry. Still developing the knee pin cruise missile stuff but its still working really well.

3. The crazy counter intuitive side control escape.

Still trying to fit this in with my own escape game. Focused a lot on guard today (either in or passing) so I’ll continue to look at this.

4. Matt Serra’s squaring the hip whilst in someone’s guard game.

Since I realised what this was actually for and its use as a transient move its really started to come off. Still looking to refine it but am happy with the development.

6. Tidal Motion – always working, especially for ‘Timing and distance for passes’.

Develop further:

1. More of the above

2. Timing and distance for passes.

16/11/07 Wrestling – Arm Drags

After some initial rounds of stressing hand fighting as an objective, Phil then went on to work us through the arm drag.

Focusing on the key details of sending the arm through the gap before passing the shoulder. We also looked at the west coast ride from the back and also 2 on 1’s.

After a few more rounds we moved onto some tripping game and finished with a throw from a similar position.

From the session I really tried to focus on the plaster cast to stop me from doing the illustrious cack/Adam foot. Which is a hard to explain but its basically really bad positioning of my one of my feet, exposing a potential world of knee operations and I told you so’s.

Need to develop:

1. Continual usage of the plaster cast while sparring.

2. More options and entries whilst hand fighting.

3. Integrate level changes into the mix to improve my single leg takedown.

4. Use mental decision trees to evaluate my options and then act on them.

5. Head pressure!

After the session, spurred on by my talk about strategy and decision making on Wednesday – John ‘Joninho’ Allen offered me a game of ‘Go’ and I gracefully accepted.

Basically Go precedes Chess and is one of the oldest board game still played today.

We played one small game for an hour while the boxing was on and I really enjoyed it! It really hammered home the idea of strategic thinking and the consequences of making the right or wrong decision. Thanks John.

Go

GO

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14/11/07 BJJ Decision Trees

Tonight’s class evolved out of nothing but the progress noted throughout the session was great to see.

After warm-ups of varying styles I talked about this idea of decision trees for grappling. With a range of new kids on the block its important to get them to try and digest small chunks of the game rather than trying to consume it, endure a spot of frustrating indigestion and then leave because they weren’t getting anywhere.

I got people to try and focus down their expectations and ideals and concentrate on what is in hand (i.e. pass the guard before trying to submit with a top triangle.)

Expect a blog on this but the basic idea is below and we rolled for most of the night and as mentioned before great success was had by all who used it.

Development plan from the last BJJ session – Checklist

Didn’t get chance to work on anything tonight but will be back on it next session.

D tree

10/11/07 BJJ Sparring

Some good rolls and some minor epiphanies.

Development plan from the last BJJ session – Checklist

1. One sided/triple attack grip play. (Collar, Spider in bicep and cuff) –

Still getting passed with the vulnerable one sided nature of the attack. Still need to work out a way of minimising such a quandry.

Having said that its danger is still apparent with many a triangle setup coming off the back off it. It’s almost like a Venus fly trap. You wait patiently and *SNAP*. There, the setup has a name.

2. Continuation of passing game –

Especially more knee pin entries. – Some really great battle with a certain Senor Doug. Some real exchanges of technical prowess.

Working the knee pin entry a little more, including a sneaky wrong knee entry, but the level of guard of Meat and Doug know is staggering compared to only a few months ago – so this is becoming increasingly hard. Which is great for development.

3. The crazy counter intuitive side control escape.

Still trying to fit this in with my own escape game. Focused a lot on guard today (either in or passing) so I’ll continue to look at this.

4. Saulo Riberio’s anti brace in closed guard game.

Really like the theory behind the idea but at this moment in time I’m retiring it. I use other things in closed guard and they are working fine for now. I think it could be useful but not a major area to develop.

5. Matt Serra’s squaring the hip whilst in someone’s guard game.

Oh my god! Pretty much spent the whole session getting triangled like a mutha funka courtesy of Doug and Meat. I’ve found that this idea of Matt’s is fantastic when the person is like 60% – 70% committed to something worthy of conviction. If they are any further down the road then you need to use your escape game, as this idea wont save you alone.

I’m glad I’ve realised that now and I will still continue to develop it but along side my escaping game which should boost things somewhat.

6. Tidal Motion – always working baby.

Develop further:

1. More of the above.

07/11/07 BJJ

Not kept up with the log recently due to pending exams, so my mind is hazy.

We rolled for near enough all of the session to bed in what we had been working in terms of half guard.
I looked at the session to also develop my checklist.

Development plan from the last BJJ session – Checklist

1. One sided/triple attack grip play. (Collar, Spider in bicep and cuff)

2. Continuation of passing game – especially more knee pin entries.

3. The crazy counter intuitive side control escape.

4. Saulo Riberio’s anti brace in closed guard game.

5. Matt Serra’s squaring the hip whilst in someone’s guard game.

6. Combat base trap in half guard to set up the fig-4 ankle lock or sneaky pass.
– I do like this but am retiring it from the list. Its initial romantic promise has fizzled out into little more than a brief fling with a hard to get and slightly quixotic move.

7. Tidal Motion.


Develop further:

1. More of the above.

03/11/07 BJJ Sparring

Pretty quiet class today which meant more time rolling with a group of guys who are all really good and useful to roll with.

Starting to work my spider guard and grip play which is helping setup the triangle really nicely.

Really worked the idea of Tidal Motion today when rolling with Meat. This allowed me to stop him tying me up and bogging me down.

As soon as he got 30% past my guard I would retreat and come back in with a meaningful attack/position or sweep. The tactic/strategy worked and really shows the concept of playing a more cerebral logical game.

Development plan from the last BJJ session – Checklist

1. Using knee pin to help pass guard – Y
2. The crazy counter intuitive side control escape (thanks Phil)- N
3. Saulo Riberio’s anti brace in closed guard game – N
4. Matt Serra’s squaring the hip whilst in someone’s guard game – N
5. Combat base trap in half guard to set up the fig-4 ankle lock or sneaky pass – N

Develop further:

  1. One sided/triple attack grip play. (Collar, Spider in bicep and cuff)
  2. Continuation of passing game – especially more knee pin entries
  3. The crazy counter intuitive side control escape (thanks Phil)
  4. Saulo Riberio’s anti brace in closed guard game
  5. Matt Serra’s squaring the hip whilst in someone’s guard game
  6. Combat base trap in half guard to set up the fig-4 ankle lock or sneaky pass
  7. Tidal Motion

02/11/07 Wrestling

Doug took the session tonight and may I add – what a session it was!

We mainly worked on the level change for takedowns and then how it built for the double, single etc.

From both positions Doug took us through some nice pick ups and take down with a lot of accurate details and coaching.

For someone like me who struggles to pick up set instructions he really catered for it and helped me along the way.

Finished the night with some rounds to spar the level change and subsequent takedown out.

Great session!

Need to develop:

  1. Level change to get under hand fighting etc
  2. The finish on the double

31/10/07 Halloween BJJ

With Phil needing to rush off early, I ran both the fundamentals and conceptual classes.

So, working on from previous half guard work, I ran through some ‘trigger positions’ and the fundamental mechanics of good leg positioning, what to do with your hands and also ideas of staying on your side rather than flat on your back.

Before rolling as part of the conceptual section, briefly we then went over the way that Tidal motion aids playing and also passing half guard. This allowed those a bit more experienced with the position to supercharge what they’ve already got and also some of the newer guys to see conceptual bjj in action.

Some good sparring to finish and some fruitful experimentation to close the session.

Things to develop – which me and Doug worked tonight:

  1. Using knee pin to help pass guard
  2. The crazy counter intuitive side control escape (thanks Phil)
  3. Saulo Riberio’s anti brace in closed guard game
  4. Matt Serra’s squaring the hip whilst in someone’s guard game
  5. Combat base trap in half guard to set up the fig-4 ankle lock or sneaky pass

27/10/07 BJJ Sparing/ Ginastica Natural

Started off with an introductory hour of Ginastica Natural. I’m no expert or anything but wanted to show the guys a range of exercises they can do to warm up and down. It went really well and I look forward to seeing people implement them into their warm ups/downs.

On to rolling and pretty much rolled with everyone, with development all over the mat.

Playing a lot of transitions from passing the guard to knee pin, which I like, and I’ll definitely look at developing that over the coming months.

I also rolled out a little bit of Eduardo Telle’s Octopus guard. Having played it against Doug for a while, we worked the entries into high guard/taking the back etc. It works well with Tidal motion as well and again this will be something I’ll look to develop over the next few weeks.

26/10/07 Wrestling

Tonight we sparred out the low/ordinary single and double leg between ourselves.

Not many faces on the mat today and after a while we settled into talking to James about nutrition, mental training etc in preparation to his competition next month.

The session did wind down early but some essential guidance from Phil about his experiences regarding competition training were useful for everyone. Plus it did allow us a bit of a reprieve to rest our bodies after some heavy competition sessions during the past week or so.

24/10/07 BJJ

In the fundamentals class Phil carried on with some more half-guard work. We looked at a koala bear grip sweep and subsequent tidy entries into it. Because of a drill heavy hour for the conceptual jits class we just rolled. Good rolls all round, good energy, pace and flow from everyone.

21/10/07 BJJ Comp Training/Filming

Started off the extra session with an hour of filming. Doug and Meat helped me film the first of a collection of conceptual BJJ videos. The first of which is TIDAL MOTION. (The video will be on the members section soon) We then carried on filming situational rolls with Meat having to work out of a strong hold down guard, passing etc and then finished up with some competition points and timed rounds. Very fruitful session, with us all calibrating tweaks for different aspects of our game.

20/10/07 BJJ Sparring

A good number of new or recently new meant that we were constantly changing pace and plans to accommodate, but every roll was useful.

It’s really good to see an influx of people and I’m sure they’ll all bring something different to the table.

After training me, Doug and Meat did another hour and half of competition training. Me and Doug worked round after round of 6 min competition pace/rule rolls. We worked from the feet and the odd one out coached and gave points. All in all a great session.

Meat is really coming on and we’ve identified the areas he needs to work on. I think the different styles me and Doug can throw at him will give him a really good idea of what to expect and our combined input (Along with Phil’s and everyone else) will see him right come next month. Really tired after all that training. Me and Doug are working a lot of strength and straight arming against him and its a workout and a half!

19/10/07 Wrestling

Phil went through the low single and some really nice escapes from sprawls. I really love these sessions to plug my BJJ game with some more choice wrestling.

17/10/07 BJJ

Started with Phil’s fundamental half guard, which had me tightening up and exploring the position.

Alternating between sitting up, changing head, hand positions really allowed me to analyse, reflect and build on my half guard game.

Second half of the session. I introduced the bulk of the class (Some of the guys had seen it)to my conceptual ideas on patience points and the 90% theory.

To aid the flow of the class and we worked it from half guard before finishing the night with rolling – to allow people to play with everything we went through tonight.

12/10/07 Wrestling/BJJ

Although this was a wrestling class we split the room tonight, with Doug teaching clinch and me working with one of our guys ‘MEAT’ or James Nardone. Meat is entering his first BJJ comp, so last night we started his training.

I started off by doing a ton of clinch rounds with GI jackets on to get him used to playing clinch with someone ragging him around. I alternated this with some super aggressive ‘Jacare’ type rounds and some more cerebral based ones – to give him an indication of how different guys can play. Also this gave me a slight rest as its very tiring and Meat is huge!

We then did a few rounds where I came in threw guard, again simulating what people will literally throw at you. Both of the above James handled really well and we went through some different strategies and options to handle all of the above. We then went on playing some situational rolls from inside closed guard where the guy is just holding on 100%.

Now, James is 3 stone heavier than me and really strong, so my arms feel worked today! Again James start working his game and after including all the dirty things guys can do in comps, James definitely seemed more clued up on what to expect.

This was followed up with some relentless getting out from under side control. Doug played an aggressive wrestling point keeping game where he played cradles, knee pins and tight side control to put him under pressure and tire him out.

All in all a really good first competition training session. James work ethic and tenacity is second to none, so I’m really looking forward at getting Meat ready for the comp in 6 weeks time. We’ve all got ideas on where he needs to develop and I’m sure come competition time he’ll be more than ready.

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