We’re passing Open Guard and having a whole lot of fun while doing it! We’ll be exploring a handful of different methods to get to our opponent’s hips, starting with the Over/Under Pass on Monday and Tuesday. We’ll explore the details behind angles and grips and much more!
If our opponent is able to recover back to Half Guard, we’ll start by executing the Tripod Pass. Balance will be a critical element in this one working, so our focus will be on maintaining a strong connection with our shoulder and legs through the technique.
We will also be covering Yuri Simoes’ Crash Pass System in our Advanced classes as well. Tons of ways to score three points this week!
After an exciting weekend in Frisco with our competitors, we’re back on the mat and have some exciting Lesson Plans lined up! We’ll begin in our opponent’s Closed Guard and discuss posture and how to open the Guard before moving on and adding a couple of passing strategies.
On Wednesday we will pick up with our Guard Passes by reviewing some of the Toureando Pass options before adding the Double Under Pass. Both methods are incredibly strong ways to clear our opponent’s legs and get to their hips, so be sure to add these details to your toolbox!
We’ll also have defensive strategies for dealing with the Double Under Pass as well, so start the studying now before the classes begin on Monday!
One of the most exciting times of the year for a CTA affiliate is the opportunity to connect with our Professor and our teammates from all over the world at CTA Headquarters in San Jose, California! Since 2014, this week-long event has resulted in some of the best training and friends imaginable.
This year, we spent several classes training directly with Professor Caio early in the week, covering some of the different Lesson Plans from his Fundamental Curriculum. We covered the Cross Choke from Mount, Sleeve Drag from Half Guard, Collar/Sleeve Guard, and also some different Guard Recovery strategies. By Wednesday evening we had reached our Promotion ceremony, where our affiliate from China – Vinz Wong – was promoted to Black Belt! He has an infectious passion for Jiu-Jitsu and it’s easily visible in the precision of his technique.
Thank you to Professor Caio for opening your Academy to all of us and for your amazing instruction. Thanks to Nick for the organization and ALL you do behind the scenes, and to all of my teammates for the years of friendship, love and support! We are One Team & One Family – see you in 2025!
This week we’ll be covering a little more from the Mount, both on offense and defense. Offensively, we will discuss details of the Keylock in Tuesday’s Fundamentals class. We’ll include details on isolating our opponent’s arm and even countering their defense with an armlock!
From there, we will move to underneath the Mount position and cover what is arguably the most valuable technique in all of Jiu-Jitsu and Self Defense – the Upa. Using strong hip movement and proper head positioning make this an easy and effective way to escape from the bottom.
This week concludes with the Jiu-Jitsu World League Tournament in Frisco, so we definitely have a busy 2024 already rocking at CTA Irving!
Moving onto the Mount! We’re starting the first full week of February with some high percentage attacks from the top, including both chokes and joint locks. On Monday and Tuesday we will focus on securing the grips and positioning to execute the Cross Choke from Mount. The Mount position gives us the opportunity to use our own body weight to add strength to the technique, making this one incredibly powerful!
In the middle of the week, we’ll cover the Armlock from the Mount. By building on the concepts covered earlier in the week, Professor Collin will discuss moving to the S-Mount position before securing grips and then the submission. We’ll even be adding some tips on how to counter our opponent’s defensive reactions!
Even more Submission Chains coming in our No-Gi and Advanced Lesson Plans, so be sure to soak up the details in every class this week!