Wednesday, June 22, 2011

June 22nd 170th class

Had a pretty informative roll with Shawn, who has a way of shutting my game down quite a bit. Threatened a tripod sweep a couple of times and a hip push de la riva sweep, but to no avail. For both sweeps, he just gets one leg slightly back, so my sweeps are either way harder to complete, or darn near impossible. Next up, he threatened to complete a torreanda pass more than once. He is very very explosive with it, so that gets me off-guard quite a bit. I have to be more agressive protecting my ankles and grabbling his top collar. In other news, I should review my torreanda defense. Thanks Shawn!

Held side control very well against a stronger guy, and I could see after the roll he was a bit upset. Well, I tried going for subs, but he wiggled out of them, but I always flowed back to side. Not my fault!  He doesn't use proper escapes either, so too bad for him. 

Health-wise, I ate like crap today, and it showed in how quickly I got tired on the mats. It's incredible how important diet is.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

June 21st 169th class

Had a couple of revelations today.

- When going for the torreanda, and the defender insists on crunching his body, lift his legs up, and he will have to put his back on the mat. Secondly, if he tries to push with his legs, there's a way to keep the position regardless, it just takes practice.

- Discovered a sweep from combat base, but I still need to work on it quite a bit before I make it useful. Top secret stuff.

- Discovered the single-leg guard, and what makes it tick : controlling the outside leg, as far as I understand, as well as posture. One defense seems to be sitting into a reverse half-guard position, and go for a pass. By controlling the leg, and having the de la riva back take ready, the risk is a bit lower so far. Definetly need to work on my transitions from DLR to situp guard.

- Discovered what I do to break a Torreanda grip while sitting up. Pull one hand towards me and kick the leg back.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

June 9th 163rd class

Practiced my open guard quite a bit on all sorts of body types and experience levels. The more I practice my sweeps, the more I start to see then whole point of the art, and I am blown away. I have read about it, or heard about it; jiu-jitsu is a game of leverage and timing (as well as balance, strength, flexibility, power0 , but I think nowhere else do you see this more than in sweeps. The human body seems to generate excellent points for leverage, which actually are dependent on the position it takes. The funny thing is that you always have a direction where you have no base. Take the base away from your opponent, apply the technique when his weight is at the right spot, and boom, you're on top, regardless of how much said person weighs. It's absolutely amazing.

I want to get in competition mode, and to do that, I am focusing on sharpening whatever tools I already have in my repertoire, and I try chaining them as much as I can. However, there's a very fine balance between wanting to impose your own game on your opponent (and missing nice opportunities for sweeps/submissions) and listening to your opponent's movements and capitalize on them. This distinction is still pretty much unclear to me, however I do seem to do a whole lot better when I piggyback on whatever move the person is doing. Actually, my worst rolls come when people are extremely conservative and avoid exposing any sort of limb (for example grabbing my gi pants at the knees and just staying there). I really have a hard time with that sort of game. My best sweeps are those when someone stands up after I've tried sweeping them from the knees. My most favorite sweeps come when the person leans their weight into me in some way or another.

All in all, I've got a lot of thinking and rolling to do in order to become a competitive player.