For starters, I should just say that the seminar with Andre Galvao on Friday at Charleston MMA was amazing. It began with a series of related techniques he wanted to show from the top turtle position. Then, he invited attendees to ask for advice concerning positions they've been struggling with--which lead to Galvao covering some key details on several low, pressure passes. Finally, there were nine rounds of live training (with five minute rounds and short breaks). Amazingly, Galvao trained along with the rest of us--which was a real treat for the instructors and top students at the school who had the chance to roll with one of the world's best grapplers. It's not often you get to train with an 8 time world champion!
That said, this seminar shared something else in common with most of the seminars I have attended--namely, I appeared to be the only person in attendance taking notes! Perhaps it's the student/professor in me or perhaps others just don't appreciate how important it is to have some notes to joggle the memory. Either way, I can't imagine paying $120 for a seminar without having some detailed notes to take back to my training partners who couldn't make it. How else is one supposed to remember each of the techniques, key details, etc.?!
On that note (pun intended), I plan to upload a series of posts in the coming days that contain my notes from the seminar. Keep in mind that it's hard to both take good notes and watch the techniques being shown. So, I surely missed some details while getting others slightly wrong. That's just the cost of doing business when it comes to taking notes during seminars! If you don't find what I have done helpful, then attend the seminar and take you own damn notes! :)
Seriously though, if you attended and you have some details to add, please post them in the comments. I try to make the notes as thorough as possible--which is easier through crowd sourcing. As such, I welcome your corrections and suggestions. For now, let's get started with the first installment!
The first series of techniques were from the top turtle position. Imagine you're on your knees while your O has shot in on a single leg with his head on the inside. For the purposes of these notes, I am going to assume your O has your R leg. Obviously, all you need to do is reverse the notes in the event your O is in on your L leg!
- Begin in starting position (see above).
- Reach over your O's back and get a kimura grip on O's far side L arm.
- Stay heavy while breaking your O's grips--that is, you need to "smash his hand" so that he lets go.
- Once your O's far side grip is broken, you will use your L nearside leg to trap your O's nearside R arm.
- Back-step a bit with your R leg and slide/scoot your L leg back at the same time.
- Your end up getting a shoulder lock on your O's right arm.
- Begin in starting position (see above).
- This time, you can't break O's grip.
- Stuff O's head and step all the way over his head with your R leg and hook your leg behind O's far side L armpit/shoulder.
- Make sure your knee hits the ground.
- During this transition, you reach through with your L hand and grab your R foot/ankle as you roll to your side on the far side of your O.
- Making sure your shin is lined up against your O's neck, you lock up a figure four/triangle on your O's head with his arm in.
- Bear hug your arms around your O's belly/waste to apply pressure both with the body lock and with the figure four headlock .
- You should get the choke.
- To get to this position, you follow steps 1-7 from Technique 2.
- This time, you can't get the choke (for whatever reason).
- Your O is going to want to roll back to the turtle position--which you allow him to do while keeping the figure four lock on his head.
- Once you are both back to turtle, you will place your hands on O's hips to push yourself away and stretch your O out on the mat.
- Once your O is flattened out, you will drive your hips down and apply pressure on the figure four for a very nasty choke/neck crank. Be very careful with this one in practice as it is not nice for the person on bottom!
*One key detail for T2 and T3 is to keep your knees squeezed together (which increases the pressure). Another key detail (mentioned above) is that if you want this to be a choke rather than a straight forward crank, your shin needs to be on your O's neck and not his chin or face. Finally, it's worth keeping in mind that these techniques are not just available from a sprawl when your O shoots a single leg. There are tons of transitions from the ground when your O bellies down, bases back up to bottom turtle, and tries to secure one of your legs (with his head on the inside).
OK, that's it for now. I plan to write up 3-4 techniques per post. In all, I have 10 techniques to share. Hopefully you find these write ups helpful. If so, please help spread the word about the blog (and the blog's FB page).