Tuesday, February 28, 2012

February 28th

Very good training session today. For the past few weeks, I felt as if I was getting a bit cocky, just by my choice of training partners. I wasn't choosing enough people who either give me a hard time, or kick my ass. As a result, I wanted to reinforce that image of myself, and I kept choosing the same people I could beat easily. I was doing it half-consciously, but then I realized I actually need to get some really hard rounds to evolve.

I've realized that people keep getting insanely better, and I might start losing my "edge", whatever that means. To break out of the vicious cycle, which I could very well call a slump or whatever, I've decided to use way less strength than usual, and learn to flow more, most of the rounds, keeping my energy for those partners with extremely superior cardio, such as Olivier.

So I've tapped a few times today, mainly to either being out-manouvered by sheer skill or by speed, and I definitely don't think that was a bad choice of mindset. I feel I had a much better training session in this mindset than before, since guys actually get a chance to try their moves quite a bit more (I'm not forcing them into my game/guard whatever anymore with strength, etc), and I'm starting to learn once again.

Monday, February 20, 2012

February 20

I feel as if I use way too much effort into huting for one technique and not flowing enough. I work in combination. Just as my friend Valentin keeps sayng over and over, I should develop the ability to flow from 1 2 3 back to 1 again. That would be a concrete breakthrough. For the moment, I do have a few positions for which I have sequences, but what I really need to do is to develop those second and third moves right. Give them the importance they deserve and put it through my thick head that I can get them as well as my first option.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

February 15 314th class

Coached a rather large class today, in fundamentals. Taught the second side control escape, when the opponent is blocking the hip with his hand. The escape honestly works wonders for me, and I definitely like teaching it. 

I've discovered two things that work for myself quite well. From closed guard, try to bring one arm across. When they pull their arm back, use that momentum for a sweet hip bump sweep. Don't fight the movement :-) Secondly, I see a little shift back to the mount as my favourite position, both the technical and the S-Mount. The armlocks and transitions to the back are quite plentiful from there.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

February 7th

As far as choosing rolling partners goes, I think higher belts should take precedence over lower belts, simply because they have trained much longer. For example, a white belt should never ask a brown belt to roll. The brown belt should have the choice between training partners, as a privilege he gained over the years. He knows what kind of rolling partner he needs next, in order to progress. The argument goes like this.

There are fewer higher belts than lower.
Higher belts need specific training partners for specific drills, depending on whatever they're working on.
Higher belts, as opposed to lower belts, know which partner to choose, through experience : i.e. such and such has a good guard, I need to try this guard pass on someone with a good guard.
Higher belts need to improve as much as lower belts.
Thus, to give higher belts the chance to improve the most, we must allow them to choose their partners first.

Here, higher belt probably means purple and up.