Brain Clutter

October 1, 2007

Confessions of a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Newbie: Day 3

Filed under: brazilian jiu jitsu, fitness, health, martial arts, MMA, personal — brainclutter @ 8:40 am

Here’s a quick note on Day 3 (because I’m short on time):

Today was the first class we used a Gi since I’ve been with Leading Edge MMA. In fact, I think it’s the first time the classes have used a Gi since last spring, as they did mostly submission grappling over the summer of 2007.

Anyway, the Gi obviously introduces a bunch of new elements into your grappling game, most obviously a whole bunch extra anchor points since you can grab the loose fabric almost anywhere for a good grip on your opponent (or even yourself). Here are some of the moves we practiced:

  1. Suck in our arms and shrimp away to prevent your opponent from getting an anchor for side control (we then tried to draw full guard again)
  2. Two different chokes (from mount and from full guard)
  3. An armbar technique (from mount)
  4. A scissor-sweep from full guard

Once I get some more time, I’ll write up detailed descriptions for these moves.

I’m thinking of ordering my own Gi for training, and standard single HCK (Howard Combat Kimonos) is looking like a great option for beginners like myself. They’re cheap, durable, come with a jacket, pants, and a belt, and the single weave will hopefully keep my poorly conditioned self from sweating into a puddle.

I’ll keep you posted on how that goes!


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