Coach is on vacation, so Bill was in charge of the class today.
Warm-ups were pretty good:
Light jog with the typical heels and knees up, inside/outside slides and some running backwards. Shrimping drill Alligator crawls Forward and backward rolls x50 Leg lifts x50 Frog Kicks x50 Oblique crunches (each side) x50 Crunches (legs up in closed guard position) x50 Yes Neck Exercises x50 No Neck Exercises x50 Maybe Neck Exercises x10 circles each direction Assorted neck bridge exercises... and stuff. :) Stretching.
It must have been 85F in the school today. Warm and humid and Jeremy hit the nail on the head. It smelled like a hamster cage! :)
But class was good. Bill taught us a couple of choking techniques, both from the turtle. So, it turns out that Bill hates the turtle position. Not sure how high on his peeve list the turtle position falls, but it must be up there somewhere. Bill is always thinking self defense. It's just the way his brain works, and he basically said that turtle is inviting someone to plant knees in your head, stand up, stomp on you and then bring his friends over to join in the fun. As a result, today's techniques were ways to make someone pay for turtling up. Both techniques we learned today rely heavily on the gi and having good grips.
The first technique is a choke where my opponent is turtled up and I'm facing him. I'm controlling his collar with a four finger grip right on the back of his neck, and his belt with my other hand. My legs are sprawled back and my weight is on his shoulders, where I'm being mindful of his head position. I want his head right under my center to help keep him from sitting out. This is a good control position.
To make this choke work requires a little bit of sneakiness, baiting my opponent into exposing his neck. To get the choke, I'm going to do the following (right hand gripping his lapel/left controlling his belt):
1: Lift up off of him a little bit. 2: Yank on his lapel with my right hand to loosen up his gi a little. 3: My pulling him and giving him space will often cause him to lift up and pull back. 4: Without releasing my grip, bring my right arm around his head. 5: Drive him back over his hips. 6: Control his leg to keep him from rolling or otherwise moving out of the choke. 7: Drop hips for the choke.
This is a very unfriendly choke if you get it. Depending upon how vigorously my opponent resists, it's just as likely to be a neck crank.
The other technique we drilled is a variation on the Rodeo Choke we learned a few months ago. Bill called it a Suicide Choke, but who knows what the technical name for it really is. I find myself on top of a turtled opponent from time to time, and have gone for the Rodeo Choke without a lot of success, although I was able to successfully transition from this technique to an armbar... once. I like it, though, and it's a technique that I think will serve me well in competition if I can get the timing and movement down.
It's also not a very friendly technique in that it gets tight very quickly. If it's really done well, my opponent should be tapping halfway through the technique.
From top turtle, I'm oriented in the same direction as my opponent, probably reaching over and controlling his wrist with one arm (we'll say right arm) and then getting a high grip on his collar with my left arm. If I'm in a position to attempt the Clock Choke, I can instead go for this technique.
1: With my right arm, post on his shoulders. 2: Keep grip on lapel tight. 3: Swing my right leg around so that it's next to his right ear. 4: Use my momentum, falling back, to pull him over. 5: Control with legs, pushing his head to bring my right leg over if necessary. 6: Extend right leg to get the tap, if I haven't already gotten it.
The differences between this technique and the version of the Rodeo Choke we learned previously are minimal. I don't have to swing my leg all the way around on this one, and once back, if I've got a deep grip on his collar, I can control him with my legs and just use my right arm to push on his head to get the tap. I can also push on his head to help me bring my right leg around. Once my legs are both on the same side of his body, he's pretty much screwed. His only hope at that point is that my left hand is burning out from trying to muscle the grip.
In other news, I wore my head gear for the first time. It wasn't too bad. Hot, but it was really warm in the school in general, so I'm not sure if I can legitimately blame the head gear. I can, however, definitively state that it was, without a doubt, very dorky. But it will keep my ears from blowing up like balloons, so I'll do what I have to do. My right ear is still really tender, so at one point the head gear shifted about half an inch and Yowch.
My kids have class today and I'm back in on Wednesday