The Holiday season has been a busy one. But New Year, same schedule.
My oldest got belted Saturday morning. He was pretty happy about it too, deservedly.
The adults ran the chipper, pass vs sweep or submit. I had a decent day, despite coughing up a lung monkey now and then. Had good rounds with Tim, Dennis, Phil, Darren, Pat and others.
Group of 4 this saturday. Wade, Nick, and Brian. Sweep/submit vs pass, starting in spider guard.
It was a perfect group for me that day. Evenly matched most rounds, and a good turn over too.
Didn’t make it to weekday class this week, just too much going on.
I had dynamite group this past Saturday though. Kevin, Darren, Erin, Pat and Damian. We did 4 three minute rounds in, then one out, so it was pretty tiring, but everyone was providing good hard rolls.
Damin tested me, then taught me afterwards When you’re in guard, and they get the barabo choke grip, you can’t hang out. You must escape ASAP.
We kicked off with a (Half) Circle of Death due to the number of people. Split into groups and played from mount. Submit/take the back vs escape. Damian made note that if you have a submission attempt in progress, an escape doesn’t count until that submission attempt fails.
My first round was on top of Cheng. He bumped and rolled to his side and started to escape, and I followed. He left his arm out a bit, so with Damian’s note in mind, I grabbed in right away. He defended, and I snaked my leg through and let him sit up into a triangle. I adjusted my angle and had it as tight as I could. And I squeezed. And squeezed, and even attacked his trapped arm. I gassed, and he popped out. Told me I almost had it. Man, if that wasn’t enough to tap him, then nothing I have would! I gave that triangle 110%. I’m still limping a bit two days later from the muscle strain!
Rest of the day was a blur in comparison. I had Ben, Dennis, Brian, Tim, Meli, Derwin, and others.
I’m excited. 3 weeks in a row with a night class!
Tim led last night. We drilled a pretty basic triangle setup, followed by a switch to an omaplata if necessary.
For rounds, I had Wade, Tim, and White Belt Matt. No breaks though! Had Wade 1 round more than Tim, so he moves up one important round in the all time rankings.
A relatively light day for a Saturday. I suppose a fair number attended the seminar at Fulton for th Brewjitsu event.
Tim split us up, and I ended up in the 180+ pound bracket. Thankfully, most of the real heavy hitters were absent. We played first point, so a constant rotation, coming into bad positions.
I had two notable successes. The first was a textbook escape the back sequence by rolling, scooping, deep half and sweeping. The second, my opponent was either tired, or taking it easy on me. He started very loose in my guard. I’m wary, because this tends to be bait. I was patient, worked my legs up his back, and then went for a triangle. As I expected, he came to life and started stacking me to pass.
But I wasn’t having it. I scooted back some and kept my loose triangle on him. We stalemated for a minute as I was attempting to tighten up the triangle. It wasn’t working much because he kept using his trapped arm to block me, so I grabbed it and switched to an armlock. At this point Popsicle on the sidelines started yelling encouragement. My opponent tried to straighten up and pull his arm out, so I switched back to the triangle, and now his arm was out of position. Locked it up, underhooked his leg, and started to squeeze. It wasn’t super tight, so I started attacking the arm and he eventually tapped. Felt great to really have to work for that one!
I didn’t expect to be able to go on Saturday, but things broke my way.
But nothing remarkable happened. Warmed up, grouped up, rolled.
And last night the luck kept on coming, and I made it to the night class. Tim was teaching this time.
Much like last week, I was huffing and puffing through the warm up. Strange, since I usually don’t have any issues on Saturdays. Maybe it’s a night time thing?
Lesson of the day was a DLR guard into lasso guard, into a sweep. I drilled with Derwin. I had some issues doing the DLR to lasso change, I just couldn’t get the right angle most of the time.
For rounds, we ran the chipper, starting in DLR. My success was greatly varied. Some rounds I got swept in 10 seconds. Some rounds I passed or swept in 10 seconds. Cheng and another guy went 45 minutes without a pass or sweep!
It takes a minor miracle to have everything fall into place to allow me to hit up night class. And last night was it, my first night class in a long time.
And it showed. Smallish class, only 12 of us. We did a usual warm up, then continued it with some take down drills. 1 and 1. I was paired up with Kevin, and we both did single legs for a round, then single legs all the way down to an established position.
I was winded afterwards, and it apparently showed. Damian announced that we’d do some conditioning in honor of my triumphant return. Wonderful.
So, Tabatta style takedowns. Starting with a single leg, we’d go 20 seconds to finish (or defend) the takedown, then 10 seconds to rest and reset. 8x. 2 minute break. then we did it again. Surprisingly, I did okay with Kevin. I got a few takedowns, and defended (or reversed) a couple too.
Then we did rounds. Well, we rolled. No clock, though Damian did give us a break. Kevin dominated me positionally for most of it, as I was doing my best just to keep moving. But he only submitted me once, and it was due to my own dumb mistake.
And I can walk this morning too, so wins all around.
And how did I get into this jiu jitsu gym? Yeah, it’s been a while. Family commitments and whatnot.
I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t nervous on Saturday. My cardio is shit, and it’s not like I’ve been practicing much. But I did okay. It helped that I had a good group. Keil, Dennis, Dumi, Pat, Matt, Tall Mike and Stu. So yeah, some rough rounds in there, but plenty of chances for me to work too.
And, as always, I made it through.
Last Saturday, we mixed things up a bit and started running The Chipper. We’d divide up by weight, put about 2/3s of the group in. Sweep/submit vs pass, winner stays. And we’d just cycle through. Nice change of pace, and I got to go with a bunch of people I don’t often have a chance to.
Last match up of the day, Damian. We’re going along, and he’s working a half butterfly. I made a mistake and brought my high arm in to fight for the underhook, and he clamped it down and took me over that trapped arm. He reset, and pointed out that instead of the underhook, I needed to grab is hook pant sleeve and pin it.
This past Saturday, same Chipper.
And in my last round of the day, Damian again. And he does the same thing. This time, as I was being swept, I did have his pants in my hand, just a little too slow to grab it.
Next week, I’ll be grabbing his pants the instant we start!