Wednesday 19 November 2014

Class notes: standing grappling sparring.

Warmed up with pummeling.

Then looked at the inner forearm choke that Gastelum used in UFC 180 against Ellenberger

We looked at this from mainly a seated view (front to his back), we played briefly with it standing so mainly sitting. The new bit of learning for me was about using the forearm to apply the choke, the hands were the fulcrum and you pull the elbow back to your shoulder to close it off. Tight, painful and generally horrible. I liked it also as you do not need to only go for the bicep and forearm suppression with the chin at the elbow fold. This gives you other options. In playing around it helped if the head was folded forward over the arm as this gave the choke great initial tightness.

The rest of the session was standing grappling sparring. After each round we sat down as a group and spoke about 1 thing our partner did well and something they need to think about next round. This is something I use frequently in my class as a teacher as articulating your learning and that of another will make the learning deeper, therefore staying in the memory longer.

Yet again, a really good honest session.

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