Monday, April 30, 2012

Took a good beating

As childish as it may seem, I sometimes care about getting tapped left and right. This is notthe mentalityI had when I made mybiggest improvements as whiye belt. Instead, I focused on what made the tap possible in the first place. This 200 lbs brown belt who is a good person, does go for the kill every round. Ive realized myguard is not as good as I am made believe by my partners, and I have years of practice before it will be brown belt level.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

April 18th

After a little while of thinking over a problem I'm having, I have come up with a new sweep. I mean it's new to me, as in I've never seen it applied, but someone somewhere may have developed it as well. I probably just do it a little differently. My bread and butter is to switch a lot between the tripod sweep and knee push scissor sweep. I also notice people defend the knee push sweep by basing the leg in a combat base type position. Sometimes it's hard to get a DLR hook in there. I've actually inspired myself from sweeps I've seen elsewhere to make this one up. Grab the same grips as if you were doing a tripod sweep, but the leg on the side of the controlled arm will push on the knee which is supporting the combat base, whereas the other leg is pushing to the right. In all honesty, I have to test it against white belts first, and see if it goes anywhere.

A second thing I've noticed is how some people defend the tripod sweep. They turn their hips perpendicular to my guard, and I have to take advantage of that, probably with a deep DLR hook for a back take.

Sunday, April 8, 2012

New focus

I've decided to re-focus my energy to maintaining the top position, instead of just gunning for the submission right away. I find that when in a bad position, people will try their escapes two or three times, then give up. The better players await for the top guy to make a move,then apply for something. This second category is trickier to control, since you might think you've defeated them mentally, but in fact they're just baiting you into trying something.

I will continue sweeping from my guard, though, but I want to get the side/mount position and hold it as much as possible, while making the guy's life hard so he makes mistakes.

When playing guard, I will let people pass or sweep me first, then let them apply for a submission, so I can practice my submission defence and escapes. It's no use beating everyone up all the time if I'm not learning much. The point is to maximize learning, not taps.