Stand up is this clinch drill. The goal is to teach student proper head pummel position, (pummeling for head position, not pummeling for underhooks). Start with just one side. So if you and I are doing the drill and you start with the whizzer, you will have the whizzer throughout. We will need to restart the drill with me having the whizzer so that we both get the practice in. Train both sides, both underhook and whizzer position.

Once students have the drill down on one side we switch it up in the following manner: I start with whizzer and head control on one side, when you try to regain head control I switch sides gaining 1) definitely the pummel on the opposite side, and if I can 2) head control. That adds a little free flow and confusion to the students. They start with fixed control points, but then have to switch sides and regain the same controls.

This is a real light drill and the emphasis is on positioning, not wrestling style forehead grinding. No one should get a bloody nose/fat lip.



The ground portion is side control escape. We are using a nogi guard as the basis for our escapes. The point is 1) getting students in the habit of escaping as their guard is passed, not to do any guard work from here. We will build to that over time but for now I'd like them to try and maintain the position until it is passed and then immediately dive on the leg to escape.

The first technique is to use the guard, (I call it Braulio nogi guard..... I don't know what the name is. It is like a no hook butterfly guard), to clear a path to the leg as your partner tries to pass. The first follow ups are just the basic pummel escape techniques.

I apologize for these videos. They are pretty rough examples technique, hard to see here, is to capture the same side ankle. You can use it to further establish the single, put the top person on the bottom, or drag the leg into half guard. Here Malik is using it to better establish the single.

Next in the progression is dealing with the top person who has a solid whizzer, is based out, and is doing a decent job of trying to square up with you

A couple of key details here: 1) the partners are not squared up and not beside each out. They are side by side. 2) that same side ankle is pointing more towards the top persons based out leg rather than rotated out where the bottom person could more easily grab it. Here is an example of someone muscling the leg through.

That is where the injuries will come from in training. I believe I hit all the high notes here, but it wouldn't surprise me if I missed a detail. Please let me know if you find something amiss.

Please note that there is no truck or twister roll here. Please keep it that way. If you can find clever entries to those positions from here just beat me up with them when we train ;)

See you in class