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Training Tips – 8 point drill

March 12, 2009

The object of the 8 point drill is improve the top player’s movement in top position. This drill, like all drills, can have as little (just lay there) or as much resistance as possible (anytime bottom player feels like it, escape!).

First start off in mount. Choose a direction to dismount. For example: dismount to side-control on bottom player’s right side.

no.1
Plant left elbow next to neck, wrap arm under shoulder > dismount > hand to nearside hip > knee to nearside hip > legs should be far apart. Hold position. Should be facing away from opponent, gyaku (reverse) kesa gatame.

no.2
Switch hips out (the left knee, which is next to the hip, and the right leg, which is spread farther out, exchange places so that the right knee is now next to hip and the left leg is where right leg previously was – this switches the hips down towards mat) > chest to chest. Hold position. Apart from hand positioning, this is similar to a typical side-control hold.

no.3
Switch hips out again (hips facing up towards opponent) > hand next to hip goes to underhook farside arm > hand previously under farside shoulder goes to nearside sleeve. Hold position. Kuzure kesa gatame.

no.4
Step over nearside arm trapping it between your body and opponent’s body > pinch elbows together on the sides of opponent, grip gi (underhooking is ideal). Hold position. North-south position.

no.5
Step over to the opposite side > push nearside arm w/knee > grips go to underhooking the farside arm and pulling up on the nearside sleeve > hips facing up towards the opponent. Hold position. Kuzure kesa gatame. NOTE: should be on the opposite side of where originally started from (from right side-control should now be in left side-control).

no.6
Switch hips out (so hips are down towards the mat) > chest to chest. Hold position. Apart from hand positioning, this is similar to a typical side-control hold.

no.7
Switch hips out again > plant right elbow next to neck, wrap arm under shoulder > hand to nearside hip > knee to nearside hip > legs should be far apart. Hold position. Should be facing away from opponent, gyaku (reverse) kesa gatame.

no.8
Reverse kesa gatame > mount. Hold position. The number of times you change position gives you the 8 point drill.

Train safe.

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. March 12, 2009 1:33 pm

    Love to see vid of this… I get a little strung out on the words…

  2. Ken permalink
    March 12, 2009 7:43 pm

    Thanks for posting the drill.

  3. March 12, 2009 8:12 pm

    Patrick, let’s video it next time…

  4. March 15, 2009 10:58 pm

    Roger that! One vid coming up…

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