Making a wrestler's headlock work in BJJ
I'm a purple that's been training for about 7+ years. One of my go-to moves lately starting from knees, is the wrestler's Sag Headlock.
I often use the collar-tie up to begin a sparring session. When my opponent mirrors my collar tie, I am very successful at feeling / timing this headlock. I catch it with ease against blues / purples / browns at my gym.
My problem is where to go from there. What usually happens is I get the pin, and then while trying to turn into the opponent, it opens up a scramble, and about half the time I wind up giving up my back. I can't help it though, its a fun throw that I have retained from my high school wrestling days, and I am able to hit it with enough consistency that I don't want to abandon it, I want to adapt it to get it to work.
I know there are 10+ defenses to the wrestler's headlock that they teach in BJJ 101, but I would really be interested in any ideas of where I could take it.
I broached the subject with one of the black belts at my gym, and he suggested trying to make sure I really stuff the near side arm, and hold it almost in a gift-wrap, to allow me to turn in and take side control.
Does anyone have any other ideas?