Forgive me Helio, it’s been a month since my last roll.

The plague hit my family pretty hard this month, we all got it at
least once. Combine that with work, wrestling, and other stuff, and
there wasn’t much time for jiu jitsu.

So, with some trepidation, I went back on Saturday, full expecting to
die during the warm ups. I didn’t, and thankfully got put in a lowkey
group of Marcus, Dennis, Juan, and Brady. We did 4 in, 1 out,
rotating every time a point was scored. Which means short breaks.

It felt good. Really good.

Day off…and only day this week to train, so train I did.

Damian led the class. We covered an over/under pass, with a couple of
variations. Open the guard, scoop one leg up, pin the other.
They’ll usually block your hip, so then you do a psuedo knee cut. If
they block that, then you go the other way, wait for them to re-block,
then beat them to the knee cut.

For rounds, I had Joe, George, Casper, and Ben. 6 minutes in, 3 out.
Nice chance to train with no scheduling constraints.

Work has hit high gear now. Thankful I got to hit the gym this
morning, even though I knew it was going to suck.

We had a group of 8: Meli, Alex, Butcher, Rafa, Wade, Feron, and
someone else. 3 rounds in, 1 out, 3 minutes each. And it was a
grind. But I made it. Even had some successes.

I may be moving slow, but I’m still moving.

Saturday Beatings & 9 Years In

Ugh. It is Sunday now, and boy, do I ache.

Damian split the Saturday class into 2 groups, 2 (3?) stripe whites and up get our normal Saturday training. Fresh whites (and anyone else that wishes to attend) get a drilling class that starts at noon.

I’ve been super busy with work and family stuff, so I haven’t been able to go to class much lately. Broken record, eh?

Anyways, this past week marks 9 years that I’ve been doing jiu jitsu now. Sure doesn’t feel that long though.

Damian broke our “advanced” class up into groups. I think we had 8 in ours, and then we ran the chipper. First point scored wins. And it was brutal. Going hard for a minute or two, then only a short break in line before you’re right back in. I had Wade, Daryl, Nick, Alex, Brock, Richie, and Harris in my group. Tough guys.

It was also Daryl’s last day. He’s moving soon. We’ll miss him. Nice guy and good training partner.

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

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

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.