We have been working the hook flip this week. For the longest time I had always felt that the hook flip was a staple in our training. The ability to lift and sweep a person still inspires me today.
I love to sweep!! For me, sweeping a guy is better than a tap. At least at this point in my training. I personally don't mind giving up a tap in training to pull off a sweep I might be working. The feeling of off balancing your guy, feeling the sudden weight shift, seeing the look in their eyes as they realize the mistake they made. Priceless!
I realize Jiujitsu is about the tap. The newer guys especially, really want the submission. Don't get me wrong, so do I, but the sweep is where it is for me. Taking a larger and stronger opponent, and forcing them on to there back at times with little effort. It still amazes me today.
I think we were known for awhile as the school that would hook flip you. Alvis really focused on the application and technical aspects behind the hook flip. Like in all Martial Arts, as in Jiujitsu, the way we hook flip today has evolved. The application, variations, and even the transitions have changed.
At Davis Martial Arts we try to focus on all aspects of the game. Not just the physical, but the mental as well. The mental aspect I am talking about here is the feelings and emotions that occur, when your swept. Your were just on top, crushing me, now, I am on top pushing the pace, looking to pass, hunting the submission. Man when I get swept, I want it back. No way this guys gonna beat me at the sweep game. You may tap me, but bro, really, you want to sweep me.
We're focused on the hook flip this week in our advanced class. Looking at the setups, variations, combinations, and transitions that go along with the Hook Flip.
Start in guard. Double sleeve control. Bridge up on your shoulders clearing your rear off the ground. Shrimp to your right sliding down your partners legs. Insert your right foot to the hip. Left knee comes inside your partners arms. Insert the left foot under the right thigh of your partner. Make sure you are on your right side here. As you sit up, your right foot comes across the outside of your partners right leg, hugging the knee. Sitting up, still controlling the sleeves, your left arm bends, digging with your elbow under your partners right armpit, hunting for the belt, back, or collar. GET YOU GRIP!!!! Keep your head under your partners head, Scoot to your left, opening up some space for your partner to fall. Begin to drop in a circular motion to your right, aiming your head towards your right knee . Falling on your side hip to shoulder, don't forget to tuck your right elbow, punch your partners right sleeve into to the knot of his/her belt. Start to lift your left leg as to kick, making sure to keep your toes pulled back the entire time. Looking to your right, your partner balance starts to breakdown, his shoulder drops. YES!!!! Your partners hips begin to tilt. KEEP KICKING!!! Your right foot turns down to base and help push. SWEET RELIEF. Follow your left foot. Come on top. Either side control, mount, or half guard. Choices are endless, and dependent on how your partner counters. Either way, you just got HOOK FLIPPED baby!!!!
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