Author Archives: Josh

Spicy Sauce

Nooner.

White belt level technique today…spiced up. We covered proper mounting technique. Stuff the legs away from you, they’ll usually attempt to break that grip, and when the do, knee slice over into 3/4 mount. When the inevitably upa, then you can mount safely and cross your feet. Establish the position, then cross choke. If/when they attempt to upa and roll out of that, you switch to knee pillow and collar choke them.

During the last couple of minutes of drilling, Damian grabbed me and told me he was putting me in a group with Bri, who is competing soon. “Put a little zip in your roll with her.” Aye aye, spicy sauce coming right up.

So I gave her the business. To her credit, she did great. She was in a bad position the entire time, but didn’t quit moving or rest, and her defense was pretty good. My other round was with Erin, who wasn’t competing, but still got the spicy stuff. Same deal with her, she did well. At one point, I had her in an omoplata, and I was getting ready to finish it when Pat started coaching her how to escape, so I paused and let him walk her through it, then I switched to an armlock. He started to coach her through that too, but then she yelled ‘stop!’. I wasn’t sure who she was talking to, so I stopped and checked that she was okay. She was talking to Pat, and was good to go. I get it, tough to listen and roll at the same time!

Striped

Huge group on Saturday. I counted 59 on the mat.

We split into groups, I had 11 in mine. 3 minutes in, 3 minutes out. It was the only way to have any space. I was okay with it, it allowed me to go pretty good in every round and not worry about gassing at the end of class.

I recall rounds with Nik Nik, Bonde Sarah, Darren, Dennis and Harris. I felt pretty good in all of them.

Damian gave out some stripes at the end of class, and I was surprised to get one. My attendance has been pretty sporadic the past year. I guess I’ve been refining what I know, or at least maintaining rather than learning new things.

“Easy” Days

There really aren’t any “easy” days in jiu jitsu. Saturday was about as close as it comes though.

Except for the humidity. That was rough.

My group was Daryl, and 4 white belts. 3 minute rounds, 30 second break. It was a nice change of pace to not be getting smashed! Daryl and I were nice too. We did some catch and release and both experimented with some things. I specifically was working on the stupidly simple sweep we drilled a couple of weeks back.

It was a nice reminder of how far I’ve come in grappling since I first started.

Knee Cuts

Nooner today worked a knee cut pass vs a sitting guard. We step in, squat and grab the ankles, pop them up on their back. Then we stuff their leg into RDLR guard (which they probably want to do anyways), break grips if necssary, then grab a lapel to crunch them up. We grab their inner arm, drive our knee through, and end up in either kesa katami or in side control.

For rounds I had a quickie with Feron and Meli.

Short Saturday

Still hot.

My rounds on Saturday got cut short. I had to leave in the middle of them to take care of some family stuff.

But I did get rounds in with Brendan, Wade, Andy and another white belt.

Sweaty Singles

It’s steamy.

Noon class today started off with a typical guard pull setup into a hook sweep. We then modified to to be a guard pull feint into a single leg that lands in position to over under pass.

For rounds, I had a quick one with Pat and then Andy.

Holi-daze Rounds

Busy holiday week out of town, so no jiu jitsu for me.

But I was back on Saturday for rounds. We had a big group, 9 I think. I know I had Alex, Wade, and Sarah, but the rest was a blur.

Sarah has improved quite a bit since the last time we rolled. Alex was going full steam, as he’s going to be at Master’s Worlds in a couple of weeks. And I got lucky with Wade with a cross choke while passing his half guard. Tough to get submissions with only 3 minute rounds.

Stupid Sweep

Three classes this week? Whoa.

Lesson of the day was the “stupid” sweep. Grip a sleeve and the opposite side pants. Pull them towards you, to load him up, then undo your guard, drop one foot down and kick the armpit on the other side and over they go. The devil is in the timing. Bonus, if they post, you can sneak your leg through that now open gap and shoot a triangle. Well, you’re supposed to be able to. I’m not sure my hips are flexible enough to allow it.

For rounds I had Phillip and Brendan. Hard and fast, then in the shower and back to work.

Speed Rounds

Saturday was a nice cool day for jiu jitsu.

We were a group of NINE this week. 3 pairs in, 3 people out, 3 minute rounds. I had Ben, Davis, and another white belt, plus Daryl, Jamie, and others. I made it two rounds before I needed to take a break. No way I was going to make 6 in a row without keeling over. I was on top of Daryl at one point in half guard when someone next to us got swept and I caught their foot in my face. Nice black eye from it.

Tuesday, it’s still cool. Damian ran the lesson, attacking the turtle with the “machete” back take. Bri and I drilled. Then we did more 3 minute rounds. I had Torkleson, Brenden, Cullin and Dave before I had to split. Made it the whole time without a break this time!

Drop In

Life has kept me busy, and as usual, BJJ is the first thing to go. Been nearly a month since my last class.

But this weekend life plopped me in Vegas with some of the gang for a bachelor party. So, Tim, Alex, JR, Brady and I dropped in to the Alliance/Cobrinha associated gym there for a lesson. Hector and Tim have been friends for a while, and he seemed to be a great guy.

I had a few things working against me. It was 110 outside. I was up late drinking the night before. Time change. Sporadic attendance for the past few months. But I made it through class, slowly, but I made it. And we all got our butts whipped during the rounds. Tough, technical guys there. We still had a lot of fun!