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!
Holiday weekend, two-fer training.
Saturday was typical training. Monday, we had a lighter group, so we ran a Chipper with 10 people in.
I’m getting the itch to train more often.
Still steamy. We had a very large group on Saturday, including our own Bob the Monster, up for a visit from sunny Florida.
I had a good group. Nick, Dennis, Kevin, Gary, Greg, Darren, and a couple of others. Solid rounds will all of them and I felt good doing it. Lots of movement and positional success.
Really hot on Saturday. On paper I had a good group. Meli, Charlie, Dennis, Kevin, Wade, and others.
In reality, I had a rough series of rounds. My first couple of rounds went okay, but I blew any grip strength I had, and the heat just sapped me.
I had a nice vacation and was well rested for Saturday. Light crowd due to the holiday.
I had Nick, Dennis, Tall Mike, Tyler, and Marcus in my group. Nick was first up, and I must have been feeling well because I just mauled him, enough that he even commented on it afterwards.
And the rest of my rounds went pretty well too. Nice to be that hammer once in a while.
Generally unremarkable training on Saturday.
I had Dennis, Jamie, Tall MIke, Tom, Will, Phil the Drill, and a couple of others. Two rounds in, one out. No games this week, just regular training.
No, not me. Improving your position. Tim talked about it after our rounds. We’re not playing “first point wins” to get ready for tournaments or anything. We’re playing to emphasize the importance of being on top, and STAYING there.
I started off in a tough group, Tim, Cheng, Dumi, Morgan, and others. After a couple of rotations, it was clear I was going to be spending most of the day against the wall, waiting to rotate in, so Tim shifted me to a different group.
In that one I had Meli, Mesfin, Aria, and a few white belts. It provided a good mix of work and active rest.