Pins and Escapes (diary entry)

The second in the CCMA course on submission and ground fighting for martial arts cross training continued to explore the basic pins. We began with a specific warm-up of combative exercises, focusing mainly on the top position and escaping.

We then revised the pins. First I checked pin for the correct weight distribution. We looked at vital points in maintaining a solid pin, such as closing any gaps and spreading the weight over the upper part of the body. For example, in side control and scarf-hold I ensured that the fighter was aware of where the defensive actions will come and how to apply weight appropriately. Then we began transitioning. Early training is the time when bad habits originate and must be stemmed early on. This might seem a little at odds with the CCMA open mind tenet, which encourages a student to explore and find out things for himself. However, part of that discovery process should be down to the coach constantly testing the weaknesses in technique.

We then went back through the arm-bars and focused on properly isolating the limb and keeping every stage of the submission tight. The issue of head control came up and how to ensure that an opponent’s posture is broken.

Finally we began work on escaping the various pins. In essence, this comes down to bridging and snaking/shrimping. Bridging often leads to reversing a pin and snaking/shrimping often results in securing a type of guard position. We then put both and attacking and defending the pins under pressure with some specific sparring.

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