Author Archives: Josh

Twice in one week?! OMG. Feels good man. Snowy crappy day,
would have been easy to stay at work. But no, I’ve got goals to hit
and they’re not going to do it themselves.

Lesson was a variation of Tuesday’s. Transition to spider guard, but
they block the insertion of your first hook. No matter, we switch to
a deep lasso hook, then dump sweep them. I commented to Jimmy that
I first learned this a couple of years ago, but I don’t think I’ve
ever successfully hit it.

We only drilled for a bit, then we cut to rolling. I had a round with
Megan and one with George. I sucked with Megan on top of me, but did
okay passing her spider guard. Same thing with George. When I was
on top, he’d break me down and it’d be not stop choke, armlock or back
take threats. When I was on bottom, he passed a couple of times, but
I did hit a nice x-guard sweep on him near the end.

Ugh. What a month it’s been. Slammed with work, family, holidays,
and sick for a lot of it too. Which, makes for a distinct lack of jiu
jitsu.

Coming back after a break is always hard on the lungs, and today was
no different. Made it through the warm up though, and went easy
during the drilling.

Lesson of the day was switching from closed guard to spider guard,
standing our partner up, then transitioning to a sit up guard sweep.
I drilled with Schwartz. Been a long time since I’ve done this
sweep.

Only did one round, with Joe. Starting in spider guard, sweep/submit
vs pass. 6 hard minutes!

Monday Fundamentals & Black Belts

I haven’t been able to train much lately. My usual fall cold is stretching on. Work & family have kept me busy.

Saturday, Damian promoted Mason, Gil, and Oscar to black belt. A special day for them to be sure. We had a big crowd turn out for it too, I got to see many people I haven’t run into in a while.

Yesterday I was able to sneak off for a noon fundamental class. Strangely, it was the same lesson as another one I went to recently. Standing bear hug into knee bar, then breaking them down in closed guard into straight armlock from the clamp position.

Holiday Beatings

I had Wednesday off, so I hit up the morning class. Low key day, light attendance. Probably due to the holiday. We drilled some guard retention techniques, and learned a new one, reguarding vs the over under pass. Good stuff from Damian.

I missed the Black Friday training, but did make it to Saturday’s. I had a good group. Nick, Greg, visitor Doug, Stu, Otto and Ben.

Feels nice to have a decent rhythm going now.

Saturday Beatings

Packed mat on Saturday. We split into groups, then did one round in, one out.

I had rounds with Wade, Stu, Jamal, Shawn, Tom, Juan and others. I felt decent. Moved okay against most guys. I hit a nice triangle into arm lock against Juan.

Holiday week coming up, so I hope I can squeeze in some additional mat time. Some black belt promotions on the horizon too, Mason, Gil, and Oscar.

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.