Thursday, November 6, 2008

I am a new unit of measurement.

So I was working on a sweep with one of the girls, and Brian comes over to correct her. He positions himself properly underneath me, and says, "See, now he's light, light as a Frank." Maybe you had to be there.

Anyway, I made it to the tail end of the open mat, and trained with this menace blue belt, who's super fast, and very technical. I find myself just watching what he's doing as he passes my guard effortlessly. It was a good train, but I can feel my cauliflower ears coming back. Need to get headgear. Got a bloody nose too, which made me feel all tough.

Class, which was taught by a certain tall skinny brown belt, was good. We've been working positions from pulling the arm across your body from the full guard, and we worked some of that, and cross chokes from the guard, which I enjoy. Too tired now to get into details. We did some limited training from the full guard, and I was happy that I've gotten better at standing up to break the guard. Full training was good, went with some Judo players, and the same guy as before, with similar results. I did get to work on some escapes from the underhook pass, and the elbow escape which I have been working on.

Friday, September 26, 2008

Breaking up is hard to do.

So today we had a great class, taught by Brian. The guard breaks that I learned at the Barn were mostly done off the knees. At Maxercise the preferred way to break the guard is by standing up. I have a slight grasp of how to break by splitting my knee up the middle, but I'm terrible at the one where you grab the sleeve cuff, stand, and push on the knee. Tonight's class helped me a lot with that.

Brian started by challenging several of us to break his closed guard. None of us could do it. He didn't attack much, he mostly just took our base with hip movement. Then he explained how to do this guard break.

First, make a grip on both lapels together in your right hand. Your hand should be at about the solar plexus level. You should have good base and posture of course.

Second, make a cat's paw grip on the opponent's left sleeve. If he is hiding it, push on the knee until he grabs your wrist, then make your grip. Keep your elbow inside his knees, tight, the whole time.

Third, post your left leg fairly deep past his hip, and not too close to his side. He shouldn't be able to take your base by pulling you forwards with his legs. This is where I made my mistake when I tried to open Brian's guard.

Fourth, using your right hand as your second leg, step up with your right foot, keeping a fairly wide base. Immediately let go of his lapels with your right hand, while retaining your grip on his sleeve with your left. Arch your back up, you can even look upwards to help maintain your posture. Keep your left elbow tight, don't let it pass outside his right knee into omoplata land.

Finally, turn your right foot outwards, push on the left knee with your right hand, and shake to open his guard.

Then you go straight into the pass.

First, squash his left leg with your right shin, trapping it between your knee and foot. This should be a very uncomfortable position for your opponent.

Second, try to get head control, to go for the basic head control pass.

If he defends, switch to the cross knee pass, keeping low and tight.

Finally, enjoy your side control!

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Training With Friends

So today I was lucky enough to be able to take some time off from work and head over to Bucks County Community College and sneak in a little training. My friend John, who has been training at my old school was there, and we got a couple of good rolls in. He's so much heavier than me that it's kind of useless to gauge my performance, we pretty much always end up fighting the same fight. I pass his guard, this time with a bull pass and by crossing my knee, I get side control, then he bumps me off. Today I was a little tired and made the mistake of letting him get on top of me, then turtled to prevent him from passing my guard. This was bad because when he puts his weight, about 225 lbs, on my turtle it's hard for me to do anything. I managed to fight out of that position though, and evenually scrambled back on top, where we were both exhausted enough to call it quits.

I showed him some of the moves that I've been working on at Maxercise and he was impressed. He mostly trains no-gi, and plays a no gi game with the gi on, which actually is a little disconcerting. He wanted to know if I was going to go up to the next Grappler's Quest in NJ, not sure about that one yet.