Competition training is in full swing! Standard stretching opening, then we warmed up with maintaning guards and guard passing.
I worked with a complete beginner, so we stuck with closed guard and 1 guard pass. The others worked any guard and pass combo they liked – one man stayed in guard and the top passed. After several minutes, people switched and the other man got his turn on top. I stuck with After that, I hit combat base and went for the knee cut pass. I note that I’m moving my knee to the tailbone before I shift my other leg during my guard opener, and, like mentioned in the video, I often get swept or bumped out of posture – I’m going to try his method of shifting one leg and establishing the angle before wedging the knee in to provide pressure to open the guard.
Then it was 10 6 minute rolls with a 30 second rest between each – grab a new partner, hit a position and go. Lower ranking person got to pick their starting point – so I got to work rear mount, mount, top side control, etc.
Left without free rolling – I’d had a good workout and was feeling better than when I arrived and wanted to keep that good vibe going!
Since there was such a focus on opening the closed guard and passing it in this class, I might as well link to some relevant videos.
Ritchie Yip’s version of breaking open the closed guard.
Ritchie Yip’s staying safe in the closed guard.
Ritchie Yip – Knee cut pass with back step
Ostap tips with Stephan Kesting – standing pass, but important detail at 3:45 about weight shift to avoid a sweep during the knee cut pass.
Kurt Osiander – closed guard passing and grip fighting.