First thing, I had some money riding on Yahya to win against Niinimäki at UFC this weekend (odds were pretty good), but Niinimäki won by split decision. Still glad it went that way, so Niinimäki will get more fights with his contract. In addition to being a fellow Finn, the guy is really competent in all aspects of the fight which is more than you can say about most UFC fighters. I mean, he took on the former ADCC champ Yahya on the ground and got his hand raised...
To start of, I went to an open guard seminar this Sunday taught by Santeri Lilius, a very active brown belt competitor from Finland. He opened some ginastica natural and then Buchecha's variation of the long step pass sequence he learnt from him. The sequence utilised "reverse grips" (see post about them HERE). I have been drilling these types of passes against Reverse DLR and Z-guard, so I enjoyed this a lot.
- The first step of the long step sequence was to attempt a normal long step pass with the reverse grips falling on your side
- If this failed due to closing your leg in between his legs, you just put your shin or foot to block your opponent's legs and scoot to pull the leg out
- If the opponent shrimps, I switch side by bouncing on your released leg to the other side of his legs (Gui Mendes taught a very similar combo, but he just circled to the other side using the reverse grip on the pant leg)
Other techniques included leg drags, the Keenan stomp pass (video below) and the Victor Estima foot lock from open guard top. Anyways, there was a lot of stuff and I think the seminar will be posted on youtube. If so, I will let you know.
Got to spar a bit with the instructor himself and got leg locked a few. Have not been focusing on the enough as they are legal from brown belt up.
Overall, I have been training quite diligently and should be up to 220 training sessions by the end of this year. Of which, I'll post my stat break down at the end of the year. I consider this a fairly good result as it has been truly hectic at the office. I am also fairly annoyed because the Christmas party season is messing up my training and forcing me to drink more than I usually do. I am looking to find a personal trainer after the holidays.
One thing I have to say about my own technical development is that my guard is starting to more and more resemble what the Mendes bros teach (due to watching their website every day). I am hitting a lot of wrist locks from the bottom as well. I decided I want to train them after losing due to one in Rome Open this summer and my secret idol Calasans using them a lot.
My tournament match (the guy won at least the next match with the same wrist lock as well):
Here's Calasans teaching something similar
Oh, and I am going to Rio to train on February the 8th...