Triforce #BJJ English Blog Update: 12/4/13

December 4, 2013
Hayakawa sensei demonstrating a pass from his opponent's inverted guard

Hayakawa sensei demonstrating a pass from his opponent’s inverted guard

Horses for courses. Some guys focus on the basics and from that develop a strong, solid game. Other guys look to build on the technical aspect of BJJ, using high guards, X guards and amongst other things, today’s technique: the Inverted Guard. We looked at firstly passing the inverted guard, then secondly from inverted guard reversing the opponent’s attempted pass to finish in a knee on / side control position.

The first thing to say about the inverted guard is that it’s not for everyone (aka me – I could do with being a little shorter and a bit more flexible ;)), however my partner today was Takao san who is a little more compact than me and who could work the guard well. The pass itself is a solid pass. From the opponent’s inverted guard you control his right leg (as you look him) then grab his belt with your left hand. The second step is to roll over his hips and into the position Hayakawa sensei demonstrates in the pic above. The key though is as your rolling to slot your right foot under his left foot, creating a hook. From the resulting position you can control his lapel and move into side control.

Not a basic technique by any stretch of the imagination, but useful when sparring against some of the more technical, compact fighters at TF.


UFC 144: Japan #BJJ #Tokyo #Triforce #UFC #Grappling .fb

February 27, 2012

Quite a few of the guys took a break from Jiu-Jitsu this Sunday as the UFC came to town – if you’re going to miss a day’s training, then missing it to go and watch the fights looks to be acceptable – 15 + Triforce guys ended up with tickets!

Sell out: meaning we had to wait in the cold before getting in - wasn't like this when we came to see Dynamite 2010 - we were straight in!

I guess we need to do a better job of communicating with each other just who wants to go the next time the UFC comes to Japan – we all ended up sitting apart from each other for the most part – I could have done with some extra support to drown out the some of the noise coming from the 8 or so extremely loud Ozzies sitting behind me….

The Octagon from the Y10,000 priced seats - couldn't justify the Y35,000 for the next expensive tickets - not a bad view though

The Octagon from the Y10,000 priced seats - couldn't justify the Y35,000 for the next expensive tickets - not a bad view though

The card was stacked and the fighters really delivered – we had submissions on the prelims, the first fight on the main card ended up being a knockout, and the championship fight was a 5 round war, with Frankie Edgar again putting his face first when trying to come up with the win (How many breaks can his nose take anyway??) The most enjoyable fight of the night for me however was Hatsu Hioki V Bart Palaszewski. After seeing Hioki have a luke warm debut a few months ago, I thought he would be in for a hard time against Bart, but he did everything but finish him – it was really enjoyable to see his deep ground game on show.

Hioki eventually transitioning to an arm bar - looked painful!

Hioki eventually transitioning to an arm bar - looked painful!

The fights finished 3pm ish Tokyo time, which meant the big rush back to the train and to Ikebukuro was on. Phone calls were made and mails sent, meaning  we all managed to meet up in an Ikebukuro bar Рall without having to wait for trains Рjob well done!

I'm guessing tomorrow morning's Jiu-Jitsu class will be light on numbers...