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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
My birthday was last week. Another trip around the sun completed. It may be in my head, it may be my reduced training schedule, or it may be age, but I’ve started to notice it. Primarily longer recovery time, but some other things too. Hard to quantify them.
My boys all had their first BJJ class on Saturday morning. They were all quite excited about it. They did some grip breaks and a simple takedown. I don’t think they did a single rep correctly, but they were still out there. It’ll do them all good if they stick with it.
For my class, I was grouped up with Meli, Morgan, Rafa, Jamie, and someone else. Mostly tough rounds.
After class, some stripes and belts. Little Bob got his purple. Popsicle and Zig got their browns. Good for them!
Nooner. We did the Circle of Death to warm up, I’m sure I’ll be feeling that tomorrow.
Lesson of the day was attacking the choke from the back, when the guy defends properly. When he defends and slides his head, the normal transition would be to mount for me, but if we have good grips, then we don’t want to give that up. We elevate with out top hook behind his knee to free our other leg, then drive into him, flatten him out and choke. We did a couple of variations.
Rounds were 5/5 starting on the back, starting with the other guy on your back. I had Dr. Tim. He escaped all but one time when I was on his back, and I escaped all but one time with him on mine. Tough to choke a guy who has good defense!
It was with some hesitation that I went to class last night. But I still went.
We had a small group, only 8 of us. Brady led the warm up and the class. We drilled the fireman carry take down. One of the more basic wrestling techniques, but one that I’ve never done.
For rounds, we split into big guys (group of 3), and small guys, the remaining five: Tim, Brady, Adam, Derwin and I. Tough group, but I did okay. I was shot by the end of it though, but I made it.
I thought I had a decent group on Saturday. Daryl, Rafa, Will, Larry, Little Bob and Nick. And, a year ago, it probably would have been a good group. Not so much on Saturday.
I can’t decided if it’s a lack of practice, a lack of stamina, or a combo of both. Heck, maybe I’m getting old. But I’m having a rough time lately. Nothing seems to be working for me very well. I’m constantly stuck in bad positions against everyone of my level or better. Against those that I should (in theory anyways) be tooling, I’m holding my own, but never really doing well.
And it’s frustrating. It’s probably foolish to think about what “should” happen, because there’s so much out of my control in that scenario. But it’s one of those things that can’t be helped.
Makes me happy that everyone is getting better. Makes me sad that I don’t think that I’m one of them. I’m sure it’s due to my lack of time to train, which really can’t be helped much.