The ninth hour of my couple clients’ submission grappling course moved onto one more pass, a sweep and a submission. We kept everything from the close-range guard, passing a closed guard and sweeping and submitting from an open close-range guard. As usual the lesson began with a warm-up of dynamic stretches and muscle activation/muscle memory exercises.
We covered the standard stack-pass. Rather than using the hip-pin standard get up strategy we used in our first pass, we went for the frog jump where the pressure is placed further up the back and directly onto the opponent’s neck. From here the fighter clamps a hug above the opponent’s waist maintains pressure with their own hips forward. I consider this to be an under-guard pass as the fighter is moving under the opponent’s hips (from an inverted perspective) as they pass to side control or back mount. This process helps to negate recovery attempts by the opponent such as going to long guard, backward shoulder roll, back-scooting out or turtling.
Next we took the view of the person holding guard and looked at the hip-bump sweep. Here the fighter responds to or prompts an opponent posturing up. Using mechanics that stem from a Russian twist, the fighter turns to the opposite side of the opponent. However, unlike a Russian twist, the fighter also posts with one leg on the other side and uses thrusts that side hip in a diagonal action. Gripping the same wrist as an opponent whilst reaching over with the opposite arm creates greater stability in the technique whereby the fighter completes the action by now sweeping the opponent onto their back.
The Kimura submission uses a similar motion to the hip-bump sweep. However, the set-up is different. Here the opponent has either adopted “safety position” (head down and flat against the fighter’s body) or the fighter has pulled them down. From this position the fighter moves their hips out and grips the same side wrist. A good opponent will have their arms down and in when in the safety position so we looked at circling the fighter’s hand inside the bicep to push the arm out and to grasp the wrist. With the wrist-grip secured, the fighter then passes their opposite arm over the opponent’s trapped arm and threads it through to secure the Kimura hold. Whilst manoeuvring the hips out, the fighter completes the submission by twisting the opponent’s elbow up and their hand towards their shoulder blade.
The lesson finished with 4 x 2 minute rounds of guard passing against me and then a 3 minute round with each other.