Jesse Singh asked about an arm triangle type of move that Rodrigo started showing us before class. That turned into the drill for the first half-hour, Wednesday drill session. It was hard to follow for me. I'm pretty familiar with the basic arm triangle, the katagatame that Saulo Ribeiro shows in his video. But Rodrigo's move was atypically hard to copy.
In the "Mixed BJJ" class proper, Rodrigo had us work on two main techniques. The first was a sweep from the closed guard.
In order to go into the armbar, make sure that when you roll over, your right leg is knee up. That way, all you have to do is grab the trapped arm (or both arms) and pass the left leg. Fall back with the trapped arm (or both arms) into the armbar.
I keep feeling as if there is a technique that he showed us before that one. But I can't for the life of me remember it, if so.
Anyway, the last technique he showed us also had combinations involved. It was basically how to lock up a guy in a butterfly guard when he's trying to underhook your legs and pass your guard (say, after opening a closed guard or even after getting in close on an open guard).
Now to turn this into a reversal move ...
I need to review all of these on Saturday morning first thing. I might even take a notepad to make sure the "sticking" points are covered specifically.
Sparring was fine. I rolled with Arnell and Bruce, as well as Robert the fall blue belt and Alex the new purple belt. Arnell is getting better and better fast; I need to step it up insofar as we both got two stripes at the same time. He trains a lot, I think, and is pretty dedicated. Bruce has missed some time, but his long legs make his guard very hard to deal with. I couldn't really pass it until time more or less ran out. I'm also trying not to use a whole lot of strength with Arnell and Bruce and to instead focus on technique.
Looks like Monday, Wednesday and Saturday are my training days. No more "every other Saturday." I like it--with some time off between training--though a part of me wishes there was an open mat type thing I could do for just half an hour or 45 minutes where I could practice what I learned. Maybe I'll be able to get some of that in on Saturday before class actually starts.