Wednesday, April 27, 2011

April 27th 144th class

Two and a half hours, despite having strained some back muscle yesterday.

Worked from bottom, as usual, my defense and escapes, mainly. Actually
got a bit surprised as to how little energy is needed to defend most
attacks. Since I was low on power, I had no choice but to use my brain
more, and foresee what the other person would do with said grips. Had a
kind of a mini-revelation today, but some people may get pissed off.
There's two sides to BJJ : defense and attack. Most people can get good
at defending, or at least they look good while defending, but here's the
thing : they defend well because the attacker's moves generally SUCK.
Yes, I've said it, people have crappy attacks in general. Rarely would
you see a well practiced 1-2-3 combo, outside of the closed guard (with
the proverbial armbar/triangle/ (omoplata)). People generally have
crappy attacks (or put quite simply, crappy submissions). As a direct
consequence of that, you will get a lot of chances to play defense. Man,
you can even let the guy get a triangle, and depending on who's applying
it, he could be so far from submission it's not even funny.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

April 26th 143rd class

Black belt class followed by technique in advanced class. Rolling was quite enough for today, with three seven minute rounds. Rolled with professor Bruno first. He put me in a few situations to see how I react, and even studied an escape I attempted. One of the things I learned from today's roll with him is how he uses his leg to cup around the shoulder for an armbar, instead of the regular armbar. He would then use both his arms and his right leg to stop my spinning free. What I found really weird is that I would think that I'm getting somewhere, but then BAM, he would use that momentum to transition to even a better position. He would do it inch by inch, until side and/or full mount. The difference between a purple and a black belt is extremely clear in my eyes now, as opposed to six months ago.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

April 6th 133rd class

Did Fundamentals.

Practiced the single under the leg pass with the choke and pants
control. Standing headlock escape, as is customary, by pushing the inner
knee from the inside and pulling the opposite hip.

In rolling, opened my guard right away and let people get me in
butterfly guard. Practiced getting double underhooks and/or the classic
sweep. People put their weight forward like crazy, trying to flatten me
out. I kept working either trying to whip them up with double
underhooks, keeping my position with one underhook and basing with the
other, or defending the smash pass people love to do.

Worked only with blue belts today, so that's a good feeling anyway.
Worked the DLR back take Mitch showed me in live sparring.

Advanced techniques were standing sweep from x guard and standing spider
guard far side sweep (with the leg extended).

Took it slow today to allow my body to recover slowly instead of just
jumping in and being dead tomorrow.