Knee shield sweeps.

I’m in half guard/knee shield. They go for a cross face, I grab their cross facing arm with my same arm, opposite side. I can grab their adjacent ankle with my other hand. From here I can sweep them to either side. Practice this move, hundreds of times.

Bjj Thursday

Good day for some standing guillotines.

I grab the back of their head with my right arm, in order to break their posture down. I control their right arm with my left, grabbing their arm around where their elbow is, controlling it back. I posture the top of my head into their neck, as to avoid a possible bite, as well as pushing them back. When they resist being pushed back, I snap their head down and to the left, under my left arm. My left arm comes up under their chin while I grab my left wrist with my right hand. I posture down to create more base, while lifting my left arm up into their neck. This is the Guillotine 😁.

The defence is, when I am in a Guillotine, with the arm on their body side free, I swing it up and over their body, coming down their back along side their head. I drop my weight onto them through my arm. I block their hip with my other free hand. To avoid them pulling guard. I move my body around theirs, backing away from the side my head is on. This allows me to get a leg behind their leg, and sweep them to the ground. From here I want to dig my shoulder into their neck, putting my weight through the shoulder, with my weight up onto my toes. With the arm which is not cross facing them, I can then peel the guillotine off, and rotate my chest and head up to the sky.

Bjj Tuesday

Heel hooks..

While sitting, I want their right leg over my left. I will put my right foot under their right thigh, and my left foot on their left leg, not crossing the top of their leg. I will pinch my legs together to hold them, and push them away to have their ankle where I want it. I want their ankle under my left shoulder and I will use the bone of my left wrist to cut into their Achilles. With my left elbow pointing out, I will lift my wrist against their Achilles. I can put the sub on more by then wrapping my elbow back, and roll onto my left side, and I can then, if need be, look back moving the pressure to the top of their foot.

Sweep to heel hook:

While sitting with them standing, with hooks in, put my left elbow on the inside of my knee, and my left hand around the back of their knee. I push their right knee away, while pulling their left leg towards me. I can roll backward, while pulling the back of their knee into a heel hook. Then pushing my right hand against their right knee, I can sweep them.

Bjj Tuesday

Alright. Went over a huge amount of stuff re take downs and take down defence, then a baseball bat choke.

  • Keep weight mainly on the front foot
  • Keep one hand low near the leading leg to defend against single leg take-downs.
  • keep elbows in tight
  • keep eye focus just above their eye level, level shifting as necessary
Take-down eg method (gi)
  • With my rear hand grab their collar.
  • Grab above my rear hand with my front hand on their collar.
  • Jerk them down maintaining tension at all times on their gi, moving backward to again the grip loosening. When they react by pulling up, switch to a single leg take-down, and lift their leg by their ankle.
Baseball bat choke
  • left hand goes deep in their collar, fingers out of the gi, thumb grabbing the collar.
  • Right hand goes fingers in the gi, thumb on the outside, bringing the right hand right up against the left.
  • rotating butt around towards them and moving my elbow against their throat, slowly sit down and roll them over you.
  • The choke can be finished from here.

All these methods really deserver a bunch of attention.

Bjj Thursday

Went over the sweep from guard again, but added a nice touch; if they post what to do. Also a better set-up for the sweep.

  1. I have them in my guard. I will control their left arm, so grab it with my right arm. I put two arms onto their arm and push it to their belly. I’ll pull their elbow towards me with my left arm. Then I’ll smear my right arm across theirs and grab behind their right arm with my right. Smearing to prevent their hand from escaping, and holding their hand down with my elbow. I’ll then raise my hips. Drop them down while I drag their arm over to my right.
  2. In the same movement, I’ll grab an underhook with my left arm, I can lock my hands together now in a gable grip. If I shift my arms up their body, I can make the grip above their shoulder, weakening their left arm.
  3. Now I want to shift my position so that I can prepare my right leg to sweep them over, moving myself under them and making space to my left, for them to fall into.
  4. I can grab a deep hook on their right leg with my right arm, while holding a strong underhook with my left hand in their arm-pit
  1. Now I can sweep them, if this fails, I can move to plan B.
  2. If they post on their right leg, then I will need to switch.
  3. Only if I can’t sweep them, going as far as to almost pull them over my head I will switch.
    I need to block their left arm from posting with my right arm and hook their right leg with my left, switching the sweep and sweeping them the other way.
  4. Done 🙂

I have a sore back, I’m going to up my Stron Bone intake tomorrow… Missed S&C this week -_-

Bjj Thursday – what is this flow

I had a feeling today would be ok. I meditated for half an hour before heading in; once again, my flow was like never before. I was thinking on the way home; while listening to the risky business podcast talking about exploits, how by challenging myself with the personal story which makes up the dynamic expression of my life; by having a challenge in balance; I find almost an idea of being behind the curtain; thats a very rare perspective.

=QMChap2_Page_02_Image_0001As I swept one of the guys and took mount, I said ‘this is weird’, how I was able to have patience and simply walk through open doors. This confusing dynamic makes up the observations I have been having during meditation; which is actually really fun. I noted today during meditation that there wasn’t a moment of “AAgghh boring cmon lets get on with it; what’s next.”

Perhaps the Primal diet is to thank for this cortisol/adrenal/thyroid balance. I’m not sure; I certainly feel the ‘carb crash’ has a causal mood response, so I’m going with it.

I left early, as I don’t want exhaust myself, that would would suck. I’m really hoping for a good shift on Saturday. I’m acting in all the ways I can think to maintain relative balance.

Today I didn’t learn any new moves, just pulled up sweeps from memory and enacted them. Excellent session. No more carbs/protein today, despite hunger.. what fats can I eat?

EDIT: I’m not really that hungry (well if I ate I would definitely trigger it. I think I’m in ketosis!). I feel I should not eat an avocado, but some walnuts and macadamias sound good. That will be over 14 hours of fasting.. 😀

Tired Bjj Tuesday

Low energy Bjj session which was none the less beneficial.

  • Learned an interesting sweep from guard.
    From guard control one of their hands on my stomach.
    This can be swept across their body and then wrap my leg over their head into an arm bar. Important to have a good amount of angle to their torso, ideally right angle.
    Also possible to make a sweep. Before throwing my leg up and over, I can grab their leg with my free arm and sweep them. I should definitely practice this.
  • Defending standing back control.
    They wrap their arms low around your waist, giving them the option to lift you for a throw/take down.
    You drop your weight first, making life super difficult for them.
    Grab both their arms and wrap a leg around their leg, after dropping.
    Set up a kimora. Grab one of their arms with my opposite arm, say their right with my left. Move my right arm around behind their elbow. Dig my left thumb behind their arm, while moving back and forth to create space for my right arm to come behind theirs. Wrap my right hand onto my left wrist, setting up a kimora. Maintaining the grip while dropping. Once they let go, rotate around and sit down. I can pull them over my head while throwing their butt with my leg between their legs. Once they roll over, it is possible for me to take side control and kimora them. putting a leg over their head if need be.

Refining my new diet

The scale I bought for ~$15 has been coming in super handy, I can measure food to the gram basically which in my case is pretty important, being that currently I’ am so sensitive to sugar and carbs. It’s pretty cool that I can put a cup of tea on the scale, zero it and add 10g of coconut oil. Also I can do the same when eating, take a container of food and watch the scale go negative when I take food off.. super handy.
I’ve been having at least 15g of olive oil the past few days due to the whole MCT thing which I haven’t really looked into.
Also potatoes are a great source of carbs, so I’ve been having ~40g of sweet potato once every 1-2 hours the last couple days.. just to avoid an insulin spike.. which has been working. Yesterday I only had ~60g carbs the whole day, and no food after 90 mins of BJJ.. which was fine through till the morning -an I idea I pulled from a recent Primal Blueprint podcast.
To make the potato I bake it with onion and olive oil at ~200C for 1 hour and the result is really impressive.


Ok MyFitnessPal has an android app (great), which works pretty well, better than the website in some instances I would even say. But the noteworthy part, I just scanned my olives using the barcode scanner.. I think thats pretty cool…