We worked last night on escaping from the cross side in a variety of situations, including when your neither or your arms are pulled in tightly against you because, you know, you freaked out or something. It was definitely a good class, because it got down to the nitty gritty of escaping the cross side, including that big bump thing you are supposed to do to get the underhook farthest from you opponent under the person.
What’s funny (and a little sad) is my ability to lock up my opponent due to my …ahem…womanly features. (My boobs. I am talking about my boobs.) It’s not something I’m particularly proud of, but it’s a little comical when on top in cross side and the person on bottom goes through this HUUUUGE bump…
To get stuck. At my chest.
The key thing to remember about these escapes (other than my ta-tas, of course) is the fact that there is no big movement required in the beginning; it’s about small bumps, to get your knee in, and THEN creating the space necessary. Jiu Jitsu, as many women and men know, is primarily a game of inches and balance-where to properly put your weight, getting in and out of tight spaces, and so on.
So, what did you learn last night?