Ryron Gracie - Rolling Reflections - BJJ Technique

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Ryron Gracie - Rolling Reflections - BJJ Technique
Ok, so I’m rolling with Pete, the most important thing for me right now is nothing except for
to see what exactly he’s all about. How he reacts, and how he moves. So I go for his
foot just to see his defense strategy. For all I know he might have some kind of new
defense I’ve never seen before. And he is doing what I do; same basic push the foot
off the hip. Whatever, so I roll to the top position, no big deal. I’m in a half guard.
I don’t like the bottom half of the half guard but I like the top. So once again, curious
to see about his half guard control, kind of I step out. Controlling a little bit to
the side mount, my favorite arm lock of all time, and he kind of gives in to me. I wanted
more of a fight but he didn’t give it. It’s all cool, grab his neck, and go for his collar,
no big deal, nothing serious behind this. It’s all a big game because there are, in
my opinion, there’s two ways to roll. There is the way where you take every submission
you can get, you take everything pretty much. Or you take all the knowledge you can get,
and you take what nobody takes. So I purposely allow myself to be put in the guard, into
the triangle setup, because I want to feel how he is finishing. And he is a purple belt
so there’s a certain amount of respect. And I know he has much knowledge, so for me
to be kind of letting myself kind of get side mounted and mounted only has benefits. So
now we’re passing the guard. Great! There it is. He side mounted me. Let’s feel his
side mount, his hit to the stomach, his side mount attack and possibly I might walk out
of this day right here learning a little bit. I might learn that he might have some submission
that they’re doing in the East Coast that I am not familiar to. So I am laying there,
feeling, observing, watching everything and the chances of me being surprised when I am
that present, observing like that like I just was are very rare but the chances of me picking
up something that he is doing, or picking up a little trick is very possible and that’s
the plan. So let him mount, just observing his hands controlling the wrists. The problem
with cross strokes from the mount is not the first hand in the collar. So I’ll always
let somebody put one hand in my collar. The concern is the second hand.
Now I put my legs flat on the ground for the Elbow Skater that automatically puts the heat
and it makes him not even be able to attack comfortably. Out the back door, open guard,
toe-hold, I never do that toe-hold. It never works but it is a super silly move that is
important to have the reflexes to know how to defend it which I’ll teach Pete later.
That sweep, all the time on every kid in the kid’s class, it’ll work only one on Pete,
now he has been exposed to it so I’ll never use it again. But no problem once was fun
just for the camera. Open guard, isn’t even an issue for me because my open guard is amazing.
I’m beyond the open guard. I just want the person to side mount me. I already know that
there will be a day when I’m 45 years old and when I’m 45 I want every 25 year old
in the country to have a problem when they side mount and mount me because I am too aware.
So I am investing in that right now and Pete is helping me get there but he is only attacking
50% so I would have to do this with him 100%. Look at that, holding one of my wrists, no
big deal. I am holding one of his hands with my left hand. I’m just blocking his arm.
Just grabbing a wrist here and there, just to see what kind of reactions I can get. Great!
He goes for the mount, I do the Elbow Skate. Very important reflex, as soon as somebody
mounts, you go for the Elbow Skate. That little push right there, that wasn’t
even technique. That was just I felt that he was off balance so I just did a little
random push. Some people might do that when they are not off balance and then completely
fail and waste energy. Now I just rolled to the middle of the room, we just moved over.
We’re being too close to the wall so we rolled over. Whatever kind of guard this is,
some kind of animal or insect, not even a big deal. Same as always, not really in a
hurry to pass the guard and usually I’m ok, but look at that. I let him go for the
triangle a little bit. He didn’t want to really finish it. And the main reason why
is because of respect. There is this whole attitude of respect when you are sparing with
somebody with a higher level so he didn’t really want to go that hard but him going
for it at 100% is exactly what I wanted and I would have had no problem of tapping because
once again I would just be stealing information from him.
I get to the mount, and because he is going so light, I figured I might as well just mount
and do a little bit of my favorite part of Jujitsu, achieving the monarch position, having
good hip pressure I hug his neck, isolate one arm, and hugging the neck. He went to
go hug my arm, raising his own elbow so I trapped it right there. And now I step on
his biceps, lock the triangle. I do this a little bit too often and you might think it
doesn’t work that well if you’re rolling with somebody more advanced but it works even
better. The more advanced they are, the easier it works because they do not expect it. It’s
too complex of a technique. Once again open guard, hand on the collar, sweep – look
at that – it didn’t really work that well the second time.
Like I told you, he already knew what was going to happen but no problem. Back to the
guard, and great he side mounted me again. Thank you. But look at how relaxed I am right
now. That just shows you the level of comfort, there is nothing that he can do. And even
if he was sparing in a competition, full speed for his life, my arm is trapped, it doesn’t
even matter. I don’t even know the choke that he wants to do. I myself don’t even
know that technique but maybe he’ll teach me right now.
He went for the arm lock, I know that one. So he steps over, he sits down. I would have
mounted the leg over the body first and then stepped over the head. So now a little bit
of forearm blocking the arm lock from being finished which is a very common technique
that I do, always give in to the arm lock 75% but still slipping my head out kind of
like a turtle and just not leaving my neck exposed. I don’t even want to get up. I
want to stay there because I want to see if he can do something to knock me back down.
Nope, thank you. He got my back. Ok, let’s do a little bit of back training right now.
Let’s figure out, you know, let’s work my back defense – hand on the neck –
and that’s not even how I defend really, but by defending like that it allowed me get
a little deeper into the hold, a little more into trouble. He switch the mount, he wants
to arm lock. He doesn’t. I purposely stay on my side, because I want him to spin for
the arm but because the last time he went for the arm lock and he didn’t get it, he
didn’t go again. He knew it was not going to work. Hand on the collar. I’m watching
the second hand. He pins my wrist, he pins my arm.
Grabs the second hand that came over the top; I don’t even need two arms. And he goes
for the arm lock; didn’t even want to finish though going too easy but its ok. I’m telling
you that next rolling reflections will come where he goes 100%. Open guard passing, no
big deal, and no hurry. I love being the open guard. I sit down over his knee, hold his
leg, a cool little pass that I do once a month. Using the foot very calm in the half part
and using my second foot to free my leg. Arm lock to the side mount, and that’s my arm
lock that I did and this switch right here is just for extra credit. It doesn’t really
mean anything. I didn’t even need to use that because I had the first one, but it looks
cool on camera. I had a great time, bjjweekly.com, thank you