In order to, perhaps, help you while I help myself, here’s the second full sequence in my ‘train with me’ series. In the previous sequence we began in side control, moved to knee ride and submitted from there via the elbow cup armbar. So, this time let’s start from inside the side control. From there we can use the bump and recover escape to recover the guard. Then, we’ll work some posture prevention from the guard. Finally, we’ll submit from the guard with basic armbar and triangle set ups.
Again, I’ve confine myself to techniques within the Gracie University BBS1 syllabus. Moreover, I’m assuming a ‘greasing the groove‘ approach to training. Okay not strictly greasing the groove, but certainly inspired by that notion. In other words, frequent practices of well-defined movements, rather than blocks of longer sessions. If, like me, risk factors for you or your loved one have you off the mats during the Covid-19 pandemic, you might be tiring of the dummy and lack of fellowship. I hear you! While the current situation is unpredictable, overwhelming and exhausting, I’m doing my best to carry on in my many spheres of endeavour, including, of course, jiu jitsu. I hope you can too. This ‘drip feed’ style of training is working well for me and perhaps it’ll boost your engagement with your own training.
And now, before you go any further, couple things to note. Firstly, I’d recommend doing each drill for 2-3 days, perhaps a couple times a day – think between homeschool lessons, for example. Get that regular consistency by training a little, a lot. Secondly, what follows is intended as a fun sequence for your solo practice, rather than a course of proper online instruction. Finally, you’re doing these drills at your own risk, for the record.
Escaping the side mount
Suggested drill is 5 minutes per escape, alternating sides.
Posture prevention from the guard
Suggested drill is 5 minutes from the guard, repping each posture prevention strategy. Then, 5 minutes starting from the side control, escaping into guard and working posture prevention.
Armbar and triangle from the guard
Suggested drill is 5 minutes from the guard per submission. Then, 5 minutes starting from the side control, escaping into guard and working posture prevention and then submitting (dealer’s choice!)