A few days ago, I posted the first installment of my notes from the Andre Galvao seminar from this past Friday. Now that I have had the chance to review my notes with some training partners, I am ready to upload the next round. The focus of these techniques will be a really sneaky set up for a crucifix along with some key details for finishing bow and arrow-style chokes.
As before the starting point is the top turtle position. Here again, 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!
- As with T2 and T3, you set up the figure four head lock when O tries for single with head inside.
- This time, rather than going for the choke, you first secure a kimura grip on O's topside L arm.
- At the same time, you are going to use your legs/feet to switch to a crucifix control on O's R arm. To make the switch, just move your knee to the other side of O's head--where it will be positioned "like a pillow."
- Apply traditional crucifix choke.
Key details: (a) when controlling O's arm with your legs, make sure to always to use hooks to transfer O's arm from one hold to the next in a way that doesn't allow him to extract his arm from the crucifix, (b) when you grab your O's lapel for the choke, fold it first before you secure your grip so that the thin side will be pulling across your O's neck rather than the fat side (which will prevent your O from being able to resist the choke by ducking his chin to his chest), and (c) to finish the choke, avoid the temptation to extend yourself away from O--instead, drive your R shoulder into the back of your O's neck and maintain pressure while pulling the lapel with your R hand back like you're drawing a bow.
- Same as T4, except this time, rather than finishing the choke from the original crucifix position, you're going to first switch your grip on O's R arm with your legs.
- Once you've switched your grips on O's arm, you then roll your O backwards over your body--using yourself like "foam roller" for your O.
- Once your O's head hits the mat, you have several options for the finish--e.g., the original choke from T4, different variations of the bow and arrow choke, etc.
- Your O is going to be tempted to keep rolling to try to roll out the other side. This is the best outcome for you! As O rolls, keep his arm trapped with your legs and switch to a rear naked choke--which you can set up and finish with just a gable grip if need be.
- This time, your O keeps his L armed locked around your R leg from the starting position but he posts his R hand on the mat and postures up with the goal of coming under and dumping you to the side.
- As soon as your O posts his hand, you are going to once again stuff the head and step over his body and hook your R leg behind your O's L shoulder/armpit.
- This time, you're not going to bother with the intermediary figure hour headlock. Instead, you are going to use the hook on your O's arm to transition straightaway to the crucifix position from T4 and T5--which is surprisingly easy to secure from here.
Key details: Galvao was very fond of this crucifix set up. He suggested that once you get the hang of it, you can almost always skip straightaway to the crucifix rather than going through the steps detailed in T2 and T3. The key is mastering using your legs/feet to switch grips on your O's L arm. You have to make sure that once you end up in the crucifix position, you don't allow your O to turn towards your head. So, you have to master the skill of keeping his L shoulder secured with the crucifix grip. It's also why Galvao suggested rolling your O over backwards--since it makes it harder from him to extract himself from the crucifix position. At that point, his only real choice is to continue rolling--which leads to the rear naked choke finish detailed above in T5.
OK, that's it for this installment. Moreover, this concludes the part of the seminar which contained the techniques Galvao planned to share with the group. After we worked on T1-T6, he asked the group for suggestions concerning techniques they'd like to see--which led him to show several very nice details on a few low, pressure passes. I'll cover these passes in a follow up post. For now, get to work on your crucifix! The set up Galva showed is a game changer--especially against wrestling-centric opponents who are always shooting for single leg take downs or bellying to turtle and grabbing a leg in transition with their head on the inside.