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Basic Wrestling

Conventional wisdom has it that jiu jitsu guys suck and wrestling, specifically take downs. And it’s true. There a reason why wrestling is an art in and of itself. It’s hard.

So for the nooner today, we stepped back and reviewed two of the very basics, the sprawl and tie up entry. The big take away on the sprawl was that our hips should remain square to the floor on the way down, else we’re just going to get rolled over. And for the entry, don’t reach…move everything, foot, head, hands at the same time.

For rounds, I had short ones with Darren, Tim and Phil. Did great with Darren. Okay with Tim. Bad with Phil. Just ran out of gas with no break in between rounds.

Monday Fun-day

In stark contrast to Saturday, we had 8 people for the fundamentals class. Tim taught, but I led the warm up.

Class was front bear hug into hip toss, escape side control, hip bump sweep into either mount or a kimura from the clamp position.

I was paired up with Officer Kelly. Good drilling time.

Saturday Chipper

Huge class on Saturday. Crazy big. Warming up was interesting with that many people. Had to really watch our spacing.

We divided up into groups and ran a pass vs sweep/submit chipper. Worked out well with so many people. We had 9 in our group, so we ran 6 in and 3 “on deck”. We had Wade, Darren, Marcus, Stu, Vee, Tall Sarah and one more. I felt good, had some success, some failures, but most of all, enjoyed being there. The format made for a quick turn over, with very short breaks.

My legs are still pretty stiff from the squats we did warming up.

Motivation

I haven’t gone to class much in the past couple of months. It’s been easy to make or find an excuse. Not today though. Enough of that.

Big noon class. Damian led a quick lesson, passing half guard by walking your trapped leg up, using your free knee to provoke him into attempting to sweep, then mounting into an Ezekiel choke. I drilled with Juan.

For rounds, I only had time for two quick ones. One with Juan, and one with a blue belt I don’t know. Did good with Juan. Worked an overhook series of attacks, he broke his posture down for me, then I gringo rolled him into mount. Attacked some there, he upa’d and I transitioned into an omoplata. The other guy did a nice text book pass on me, and isolated my inside arm well. I escaped when he went for the bread cutter choke, and I ducked under. I ended up on top after a simple sweep at the buzzer.

It feels good to go to class. I should make a habit of it.

Yup, right on time, my usual fall cold hits. Not bad, but enough that I didn’t want to roll or get anyone else sick last week.

Saturday was my first day back. I had a nice group, Wade, Nick, Tony, Dennis, and some others. Good rounds with everyone, even though I was huffing and puffing for many of them. Always surprising how quick my cardio seems to decrease.

Fundy Nooner

Small group on a cool Monday. Tim led, but I got to do the warm up and be the demo dummy.

We did some standing grip breaks plus a wrist lock. On the ground, we covered armlock from mount.

Nice low key drilling.

Yay

Kid’s football & soccer has ended…so back to Saturday class again.

Regular warm up, then into groups. I had a group of 9 I think, so we did in for 6 minutes, out for 3. I had Morgan, Wade, and a bunch of new faces.

My first round was interesting. Guy I’ve never seen before, with a blue/white striped belt. Starts slow, then bam, he’s going 100 mph. Pass, mount, choke/neck crank. Okay then. More of the same for the rest of the round. Turns out he’s a multi All American wrestler. I watched his other rounds, and he’s going to be a terror.

Double Attack

Nooner.

Double attack from mount. The traditional version is that you go for a cross choke, they upa, and then you can attack the arm. Today’s version was a loop around variation of the cross choke, and if they defend that, you can switch up to a regular rear choke and roll to take the back and finish it.

For rounds, I had two quick ones. One with Marcus and one with Blue Belt Tyler. Did good, though drew, with Marcus. Tyler was sharp and got me mounted and attacked over and over. Ended up getting the rear choke right at the buzzer.

Moving

Nooner. Tim led. Just a quickie lesson today.

We drilled grip breaks from when our standing opponent grabs our knees. We regrip his sleeves, swing out wide, and kick to break the grip. Do the same on the other side, and come in with our knees on the inside and flared to prevent him from regripping.

Or, if he’s got a strong grip, and the kick doesn’t break it, we rock up and grab him at the elbow, pull him down, trap his hand in our armpit, and then squeeze his arm with our knees while elevating our hips for an armlock.

For rounds, I had two 5 minute ones. One with Darren and one with Old Mike. Did good with Darren. Went slow with Mike, but moved well.

Treading Water

Doing my best to make time. But man, it was a struggle to go today.

Tim led the class. We drilled a omoplata variation. instead of going parallel to our opponent to finish, we hook their other arm with our foot and flare our knee to drive their shoulder down, staying perpendicular the entire time.

For rounds, I had JR, Isaiah, and James. Did okay with all three. Tough to finish someone in three minutes though!