I’m on serious hiatus because my ankle got way worse and I’m still having trouble walking around on it. Reminder to all – I think all leg locks are no more dangerous than arm locks… except heel hooks.
I might flush out information on building mats because I found some cool resources while answering questions on here.
Saturday morning was a small class and so we worked on counters to normal problems judoka encounter in BJJ. The first problem is head control – how to avoid it and how to deal with it when you’re stuck there. The second problem is guard-pulls – how to avoid it and how to deal with it when they attempt it.
Our example for the head control problem was osoto gari. You can’t finish osoto gari when your opponent has head control by simply driving harder like you can for most judo-oriented problems. When Tanner and Tim did this as their first reaction I was able to take their backs with no effort. You can’t just drive forward when someone’s head is on your head/neck. It result in them having an easy duck under. Instead you need to break head control first. Breaking head control can be hard when it’s being used to drive forward and set up a throw. Breaking head control is significantly easier when it’s being used to keep you from being able to drive in. The gi also makes this a lot easier as you can stop them from taking your back or shooting by having strong grips.
For our combination/counter you drive in for osoto, they drop and establish head control but can’t counter because of your dominant grips, you use a high collar grip to have your forearm braced across their jawline and push it out as you turn to break head control and set up tai otoshi instead. Voila. Even if you didn’t raise the arm and aren’t in prime tai otoshi position you’ve broken head control and can reset knowing that they’re going to go for it now. Avoiding head control is about having the grips to stop it in the first place. I can’t really write about how to do that. I lack the words or experience to do so aptly.
Guard-pulling is a serious problem for someone doing judo. My advice is that you can usually detect a guard-pull about as well as you can a sacrifice throw and that the defense is the same – sprawl hard. No, it’s not pleasant for the person pulling guard to have you land hard on top of them, but you also won’t be able to tell the difference between someone doing a shitty sacrifice throw and someone sitting to their butt with grips so you should treat it like a sacrifice throw attempt. We talked about the basic lifting the leg and inserting it to pass and prevent. We then worked with some different types of guard pulls and jumping guard. In my opinion, it’s easier to deal with someone trying to pull butterfly guard or a crazy guard like DLR than it is to stop someone who’s jumping into closed guard. With jumping guard we didn’t talk counters because it’s just too late to do anything – you have to prevent it. Matt has a grip he does where the arm gets pulled across the body. This prevents them from jumping guard, but not sitting. It also requires you have a throw to do from there which most of the time will be something like sode tsurikomi goshi. I suck at that throw, but it’s also a good setup for kibisu gaeshi (ankle pick) or similar throws where having a low grip on the arm is easier.