This morning, I made it to BJJ. Which ended up being a small open mat due to a “Cyborg” seminar in town this afternoon. I have to work tonight, so I will miss the seminar. 😦 I was the first one there, followed by a white belt that has trained no gi for a few years. Then came another white belt, “Smiley”. I started rolling with “No Gi” (he was wearing a gi). It was my first time rolling with him so I was a little wary at first. My concerns were unfounded because he ended up being a good training partner. No Captain Cave Man. 😉 I did OK defending the guard pass. I played open guard as much as possible. There were a few times I went to the safety of closed guard. I looked for transitions from spider to x guard as much as possible. surprisingly, he only tried to muscle me once. That’s OK. That is the norm for lower belts, and I need to train for the norm.
My second roll was with “Smiley”. I was able to get a couple of sweeps in and a cross collar choke attempt from back mount. After the roll, he told me that I almost tapped him with the cross collar. I’ve never tapped anyone with that one, so I lack confidence with it. Therefore, I will give it up quickly. He talked to me about it, and I now know what I’ve done wrong. I’m not hyper-extending my body soon enough and I’m not holding it long enough. I think…
A blue belt came in and started working with “No Gi”, so I continued working with “Smiley”. I asked him if there was anything he wanted to work on. He quickly said yes! He was frustrated about being stuck under side control. His question was how to get out of side control. I told him that the trick was to avoid getting stuck under side control. As per my instructor Mike’s and Kintanon’s advice, shrimp early and get your knee in between you and your opponent. Then you are setup for a sweep. We drilled it for a while, from different angles and then worked out some sweeps from there. I also explained to him the concept of weight loading. Take your opponent off his center of gravity and load his weight onto your feet/shin. Then you can sweep them. Slidey and Dev helped me understand this concept. We also discussed controlling your opponent’s leg/arm to prevent guard passes that way. He was very happy and thanked me. He told me that I had opened up a whole new way of thinking for him. Then he played practice dummy for me while I worked on x-guard sweeps.
“No Gi” was next, but he didn’t want to roll. He was curious about spider guard. He said he noticed that I play a lot of spider guard. It was something that he wanted to develop but was having problems with the big guys. Again, because I’m only a white belt I stuck more with basic concepts than technique.
- They would standup and lean back to break his grip. I explained that when they standup and pull back, that he should transition to a position where he can push them backward. Concept one, use their direction of energy against them.
- They would circle their arms, push his legs together and then pass to side control. Here, I did correct his foot placement. He had the feet more on the biceps. I explained that he was giving them room to work. Instead you should fit your feet tightly into the crook of their elbows. Also, one should not let your opponent push your knees together. You lose leverage when that happens.
- The next concept we talked about was knowing when a position was lost. He was wasting energy trying to hold a position that was lost. Instead, as soon as he feels he has lost a position, he should switch to another guard position, such as x-guard or deep half.
- Control the center of gravity. “Who ever controls the center of gravity controls the fight,” as stated by my instructor Bryan. I demonstrated weight loading and control of center of gravity on him and that seemed to bring some purpose to the techniques.
- Talk to the upper belts and instructors, to verify that what I’m saying is correct.
The instructor Bryan overheard the last part and said that he would go over spider guard in class Thursday night. I have to work Thursday night. 😦
This being an information source for other students is starting to be common place. I’m not sure I’m ready for that role yet… I’m afraid I’ll give bad advice. Like I said before, I try to stick to basic concepts. If anything I’ve said is wrong, please someone tell me. I don’t want to be that guy/gal.
- Still have problems with the vision in my right eye.
- Still have problems with my right foot not doing what it’s told to do.
- Still have problems with the nerve damage in my right hand causing loss of grip, but not as bad.
- New, recently having problems gripping with my left hand. This has caused problems with spider guard and preventing the guard pass. 😦
- New, choked on food and drink a few times the past two weeks. I’m hoping that this is just me being a dummy and not a sign of progression of the nerve damage.
- Experiencing lots of fatigue.
- The pain is almost non-existent! 🙂