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.
Uff. My Saturday didn’t start well. My normal gym bag was in my car..which was in the shop. So I had neither my belt nor my mouth guard. I borrowed a belt from Tim, so I had one base covered.
We did our warm up, then Damian assigned the groups. I ended up with 3 young guys, plus Daryl and Tom.
First young guy is going hard, but was mostly controllable. Until an elbow hits me in the mouth and chips on of my teeth. First roll with out my mouthguard in years, and I chip a tooth. Wonderful.
Next round was with Daryl. He’s usually pretty relaxed and technical, and today was no different. Then I had a round off.
Young guy #2 is going hard. I’m standing and he’s sitting up for a single leg, and he’s leaning on my leg. He shifted against my trapped foot and I can feel my knee stretching. Rather than add to my day by blowing out my knee, I allow the take down, and spent the next couple of minutes in side control shaking my leg to make sure it wasn’t hurt.
Young guy #3 is next. And man he was going hard. Didn’t take him long to pass and start working a straight arm lock on me. I twisted out of it, but ended up with him sitting on my head and him still on my arm. He got the lock, but both my arms were trapped and he didn’t hear me yelling tap, so now my elbow is tweaked and strained. Swelled up nicely on Sunday too. Round off to shake it out, get a drink, and reexamine my knee.
Tom is next, and we both commiserated about these young bucks being strong and aggressive. I had another roll with #1 and with Daryl again to finish out the day
A quick warm up, then into the lesson of the day by Damian. From standing, we pop their feet up and across, and land in a leg drag position. We jack up their top leg, switch to double underhooks, and switch our legs. There, we can either land in side control, or if he tries to roll out, we ride his hip and take the back.
For rounds I had time for a 10 minute one with Dave. We were evenly matched today, battling most of it in half guard. Twice I tried to do a sweep on him, only to end up mounted. I need to diagnose that problem with Tim or someone.
Really big group again this week. We had a group of 8, so we did five minute rounds, 6 guys in, 2 out at a time.
I had Daryl twice, Scotty twice, Darren twice, Stu, and Richie. It was a good mix. I felt pretty decent, moved okay, and over all got some good mat time in.
I had a week to stew about last Saturday’s class. Not like being mad at myself could do anything though. No choice but to continue and do better.
I had a good group on Saturday. Wade, Daryl, Stu, Adam and one other guy. 10 minutes in, 5 out. I made sure to pace myself early on, and made it through 2 rounds with everyone with no real fatigue issues. The rounds went okay, only Adam really crushed me.
10 days off did me no favors. But it can’t be helped.
Usual warm up, then Tim made the groups. I drew Tim, Pat, Colin, Paulie, Nik, and Wade. So, black, black, brown, purple, purple, purple. 5 minute rounds, in for 6, out for one.
Started off okay with Colin. Did good with Pat next. Then it was all down hill. I was gassed, and my head wasn’t in it. In my round with Nik, he berimbolo’d me four times in a row. After the third, Tim (on the side line) looked at me like “what the fuck are you doing?”
Nooner. Basic warm up with Pat. Then we drilled a closed guard pass, any pass, for 5 minutes per guy. I chose the double under pass. I rarely get it to work live, and figured it’d be a good one to do.
Damian led the lesson, the paper cutter choke from side control. White belt move, but very powerful. We did the whole thing, set up to finish. Even with it being a fundamental attack, I think we all gained something out of it.
We finish up with some live sparing, starting in side control. Top guy needs to submit, mount, or take the back. Bottom guy needs to escape. I had Darren for 5 up/5 down. I did pretty good on both sides. Felt nice.
Highlight of the day: I was on top. He was defending my head control, which frustrated me in all of our goes. I shoved his outside arm up, blocked it from returning with my head, then head standed and hopped over to the other side to arm triangle him.