Something interesting happened today during positional sparring. As I was defending the pass on bottom, I wound up in half guard. The next thing I knew, I instinctively maneuvered my way from half guard into a straight ankle lock. I had never learned that move before, but had learned a move very similar to it from butterfly guard. It’s almost like when you learn a few cooking recipes, and then end up creating a new “original” recipe by combining elements of other things you’ve cooked in the past. I’m really looking forward to seeing if I can pull off the move again under similar circumstances in a future class. If I can do it consistently, it might end up being a better strategy for me when I’m in half guard bottom, since it seems to require less upper body strength than some of the other options.

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