Monday night’s first lesson on Zoom saw my lockdown reach the seventh hour of what has become a Submission Grappling/Ground-Fighting course. We have made it to escaping the reverse scarf-hold which opens us up for attacking the back.
The lesson began with some ground-fighting callisthenics and dynamic stretching. I had these exercises performed as a ladder separated into top and bottom positions. Therefore, with the top position we began with bear crawls and then addded on various other crawls, consistently building the number of exercises performed in succession. The same process was then done with the bottom position, beginning wiht snaking and then adding on various other movement exercises performed from underneath. The warm-up process then moved onto some revision with our familiar pin transition process. Both partners transitioned through the various pins against compliance and then against a small degree of resistence. The former drill is a good mental exercise whereas the latter drill is a great learning tool for helping both partners look for gaps and adjust certain behaviours without the entire training exercise turning into specific sparring.
Next, we looked at defending the reverse scarf-hold. Snaking is very much the preferred defence in this instance. It is exremely difficult to bridge and reverse the pin from this position. Key things to remember are keeping the pinning opponent as low down as possible, close to your hips, and framing off the back. I had my clients snake out, use their knee and shin as a wedge before pummelling a shoulder with an under-hook and hooking round the top leg. They end up in back-mount and set up the seatbelt position. Here I isolated setting up and executing the rear naked choke from the seatbelt hold. We then put it all together.