Critique My Matches (Video)

Jimmy Cerra

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On Sunday I got first place at a tournament. Since I am a member of the CMU Grappling Club, they recorded several of our matches and posted them online at the web site. I am pround of everyone who went; we kicked some ass!!! One of my championship matches can be downloaded now. I'll update this thread as more go up. I admitt I am kinda sloppy, but it was the novice division and I won. :) Still, I'd like advice on what I'm doing wrong and how to correct it.

P.S. More online. There are two additional matches ready. Here is my first no-gi match and my first gi match (First my friend Drew wrestles; I start about half-way through that second clip). I figure the more people who watch the more I will find to improve.
 
For one, I see that I crossed my legs during the armbar. I must work on not doing that again.
 
Congrats I only saw two things (besides the crossing of the feet on the armbar)

- Should have overhooked his arm before going for the triangle from rubber-guard to stop him from standing up like that

- Never open your guard when a guy is that low

Oh and don't post with your arm when you are in a hanging closed guard situation, with his posture he would have dropped on his ass if you don't hold both of yourselves up
 
The two things I saw you do wrong is when you went for the triangle you had your legs wrong. You should have had your left leg around his head, rather than your right. Nice transition to the armbar tho. And with the armbar like you said, you shouldnt have crossed your feet. Next time pinch your knees together and bite down really hard with your legs trying to put your feet on the ground, this also helps because you can use your legs to bring his shoulder even closer to your hips. Other than that it looked good to me.
 
You didn't take the back cause you were not tight, didn't hug his back, didn't work first the legs then the head. Isolate the hand better in rg by using your elbow. Control his head. Try to tighten the triangle. Go for the leg if he stands up (better before...) to sweep. Don't cross your legs when armbarring and squeeze your knees.
 
Very nice tips everyone! I just learned about the rubber guard a few weeks ago and really only practiced it one other time... it was just something I saw during the match and decided to try. I got confused and really only went for a triangle so I could transistion to an armbar. Still, I need to work on that and the backwards triangle. I'm very dyslexic so I have to drill it more so that doesn't happen again!!!

I'm very disapointed about the armbar. Although it did end up working, I thought I broke that habit of crossing my legs. I guess the answer is to drill drill drill!!! That's a cool link Bob; thanks (although the dummy freaked me out for a second!)

Next time I hope I'm not as sloppy.

P.S. I also got two more matches online. Here is my first no-gi match and my first gi match (First my friend Drew wrestles; I start about half-way through that second clip). I figure the more people who watch the more I will find to improve. Top Post Updated.
 
Other than the little things in your technique that were just a tad wrong you did very well, In your first No Gi but you stayed very strong and kept control of him , you did well to avoid any submissions, and great job of slipping out of that headlock, that guy didn't even have a chance to tuck in his chin b4 u slapped on that RNC
 
That mike was pretty sucky doing that head lock lol. Pitty u missed that hooking sweep too it was right there but good job with the quick choke.
 
Thanks agu0001 and Oktavius! You guys are very encouraging! When the no-gi matches started I was very intimidated because those two were in good shape. The whole tourney seems unreal.
Oktavius said:
That mike was pretty sucky doing that head lock lol. Pitty u missed that hooking sweep too it was right there but good job with the quick choke.
Do you have a link showing the hooking sweep? I think I know what you are talking about, but is always good to be explicit.
 
congrats frodo you looked good for a novice and that guy looked huge for 155 LOL
 

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