escaping from side control.
I was going to watch the Detroit vs Anaheim hockey game (sounds great, and I haven't watched a whole hockey game since Christmas holidays), but the combination of our overloaded-at-eveningtime Internet connection and upgrades at the legally dubious streamtvnow has denied me. I guess that I'll write in here and read comics instead.
My shoulders, back, hips and left leg are aching from Brazilian jiu-jitsu yesterday morning. I'm really, really enjoying it though - it has been years since I begun to learn a new sport, and there's something about this one that feels unique and exciting. I even spent 30 quid on my own gi yesterday! For the win! This week I learnt a technique to be used to escape when your opponent is in side control.
This photo shows what side control is. The guy in the black gi is in side control, and yesterday I learnt one thing you can do if you are in the same position as the dude with the blue gi. (I stole the photo from grapplearts.com).
First, you create space on the right side by lifting your hips (this is known as 'bridging') and pulling your right elbow down against your opponent's hip. You then bridge your hips again, and roll your left arm underneath your opponent's chin until your hand is rested upon their shoulder, with your wrist and forearm under their chin. It's really important that, when doing this last bit, you roll your arm under the chin rather than circling it towards their shoulder. We were told that if you leave your arm dangling like this, it gives your opponent an opportunity to execute an Americana armlock - though I don't know how to do that yet!
Okay, here's the tough bit. You perform a movement that is known in bjj as 'shrimping', which entails pushing from your legs to shunt your hips backwards (i.e. out of your opponent's control). In this case, the dude in the blue gi would move his hips clockwise and bend his right leg (whilst keeping the left leg straight). You can then exert your bent right knee against your opponent's stomach - and then push with your knee and your arm (that is against their shoulder) to create more space. With this two-pronged leverage, you'll hopefully be able to get back into the guard position (where you have your opponent's body locked between your legs). You may need to slip your left leg between their legs and use it to force their body away.
I found it really difficult, and I'm still not convinced that I've remembered all of the detailed movements. It's great living with Rosie, because we can practice on each other - so hopefully I'll be acquainted with it before the next practice this Saturday.
Okay. Comics now. Juno tomorrow.