Friday, October 14, 2011

Friday 10/14/2011: Homework Assignment

Ok, so I've given BJJGrrl, and by extension Georgette and Slideyfoot, a couple of homework assignments over the last few weeks just in the form of tips to help with developing your game. A lot of it is stuff that I've gotten from Lloyd Irvin and some is from other sports trainers just adapted for BJJ. Last weeks homework was to create your "Perfect" tournament round. Describing exactly how you would want the round to go, then from that you create a sequence of techniques that you then can rep until it's second nature.

Since people have started adopting the assignments and doing them I decided to move them over here so that it would be easier for the people who are interested in them to find them. I hope at least a few people will find each one useful.

This weeks homework assignment is a defensive one that will require a little research. First identify the position from which you have the WORST escapes, mine is bottom of north south, next find a NEW escape from that position. Not one that you've tried before. It can be one that you may have seen and thought "That will never work for me" or it may be one that you kind of repped way back when you were a white belt and then forgot about. You might have to go digging through youtube or ask your instructor or a friendly higher belt, but find one.
Now your homework proper is to do 100 reps of that escape starting with 0% resistance and then increasing every 10 reps until your last 10 are against 100% resistance.

I did this a couple of weeks ago for north south and chose an escape where you get control of one sleeve of your opponent, get enough space to wedge your knee in, use that knee to make enough space to wedge your other knee in, then transition your way to upside down spider guard and either spin out to guard or sweep. It helped me look at the mechanics of north/south bottom from a different angle and improved my OTHER n/s escapes by proxy.
Picking a brand new technique in a position and spending a day with it is a great way to change your perspective on a position where you have been frustrated in the past.


  1. Thank you for sharing this assignment! I've always had the utmost respect for Lloyd Irvin as they constantly produce award winning athletes so it's good to get a glimpse of their training routines.

    I really can't wait to get started on this assignment but since I'm competing this weekend, I'll have to do the assignment after the whole tournament buzz goes down. But definitely one of things to go into my BJJ 'to-do' list.

    I've always had a problem with turtle as I tend to turtle a lot when I get my guard passed rather than give up the side control for points. This can be a good or bad thing for me depending on who I roll and how good their back attacks are. It's the risk I have to take, give 3 points for SC? Or turn turtle and possibly escape/regain guard or give up 4 points for the back?

    Since then I've been trying to improve my turtle to avoid giving my back so I'm going to use this assignment to get started on it. :)

    Thx again!

  2. You really should start with the gameplan building assignment, then the perfect tournament round, THEN the worst position escape.

  3. whoops, I didn't even realized there were other assignments. Hahahha, thx for the heads up. :)

  4. Hi, could you give some info on the gameplan building assignment?

    I only managed to find Leslie's write up on the perfect tournament round but couldn't find anything on the gameplan building one. Thx!

  5. Homework? Awesome! Sadly am out for a month, so can't do this, but can you link to your gameplan building assignment?

  6. I was just posting them for Leslie over at BJJGrrl previously, so here is her gameplan along with a link to the original request:

    And then here is a link to my most recent gameplan post: