Thursday, February 24, 2011

February 24th 112th class

Two classes, plus technique of the third class.
This is going to be the new norm, since it doesn't really get me home
any later, and instead of waiting for nothing on the bench, I could
really use extra technique, especially if it's shown by a different
instructor. Stopping cofee definetly has me pushing me more, and longer.
I'm also starting to bring snacks to chew on before getting home.
Today, it really was a revelatory experience, since people emphasize
different aspects of the technique. For example, up to this point, I was
always taught to bring the top leg in an armbar from mount as close to
my hips as possible. This was shown to be false for two reasons. First
of all, by extending the top leg, the person gets an automatic
cross-face, so the armbar is tighter. Secondly, it puts a lot more
pressure on the person, and is harder to escape. I really can't
understand how this detail escaped me for this long. I've lost a good
number of armbars to this detail, especially against stronger guys.
Rolling notes
Used the leg rope pass in combination with the "knee to the face" slow
pass with great success. The leg rope really works wonders against lazy
guys who don't put on a proper z-guard. It really does allow for a pass
on both sides, as far as I saw. The more I roll, the more I start seeing
a pattern, a game emerging, and that is a good(tm) thing, since I'm not
really forcing myself to do a particular series of moves, it just comes
I am especially proud of the far side underhook pass, done while
flattening the guy on his back against this bigger dude. I got caught up
pretty bad in his half-guard, but nothing a good cross-face can't fix.
I realize that the second I get put in a half-guard, or the second I
grab it, I instinctively block the cross-face and work for getting my
knee in. My efforts of recovering full guard from half seem to be paying
off more and more. The second option I go for, is the simple backdoor
sweep from deep half, whenever an opponent puts his knee very close to
my face (making it veeery tempting to transition to deep half for the
simple pass).
A second, and very memorable thing I've learned from Glen today is the
importance of pushing at the ankle level when going for the single
underhook guard pass. It really puts a lot more power on the leg. Very
noteworthy technique.
Enjoyment 8/10
Technique 8/10
Energy levels 8/10

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