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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.

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.

Fun-dy

I got to lead the warm up again, woo. Tim led class. We covered the bear hug from behind into a knee bar, the clamp into the reverse armlock from closed guard, and arm lock from when they stand up incorrectly and leave their head and arms down.

To round out class, we did the chipper. Top has to pass. Bottom has to sweep or submit. Good stuff!

Fundamentals

Any mat time is good mat time, right?

Popped in for the fundamentals noon class today. As the highest ranking student, I got to lead the warm up, woo.

We covered the facing bear hug into a hip throw, escaping side control to guard, then the hip bump sweep from there with the kimura backup.

There were a half dozen people in shorts/tees in class. From Damian’s comments during his instructions, I gathered that they were law enforcement. I was paired up with one, Sam.

No rounds today.

Keeping On

Another Saturday. Some mat time is better than no mat time, right?

We warmed up, then split into two groups. White belts, and everyone else. Colored belts were self paired this week, so I got Harris, Sarah, JR, Popsicle, and a special treat, Renato. He was back in town for a bit. Nice to see him again.

I did pretty good with Popsicle, holding him at bay for a long time before he got me with a combination arm crush/omoplata/triangle. Once you’re in that frying pan, it’s tough to get out.

Damian stopped class for a round to let JR and Renato have a “super fight” match. Renato won by DQ, as JR went for a toe hold, which is illegal at purple. Might be my fault, as JR and I just had finished a round, where I was attempting to toe hold him!

Master Worlds

Masters Worlds was this weekend in Vegas. We sent 23 people, and came back with a half dozen medals. Glad to see the team succeed.

Those of us that stayed here had some low key training. We’d stop once in a while and crowd around a laptop and watch the stream of one of our team mate’s matches. Fun stuff.

I had rounds with Sarah (twice), Charlie, Colin, and Rafa that I recall. Sarah is due for her purple belt I think. She’s come a long ways. I did really well with Charlie, catching him in a triangle that I rolled over to mount then armlocked him. And I surprised myself with Colin. I pulled off the kimura pass to side control, maintained the grip, and then swung it into an armlock that I would have finished if not for the buzzer. Pretty good for me vs a brown belt.