Saturday was a good lesson. The lesson being that you should not train B.J.J. on only 4 hours of sleep. Unfortunately, I don’t have a very good reason as to why I only got 4 hours of sleep the night before. I didn’t go out and party, Iwasn’t up playing WoW, I wasn’t playing Farmville on Facebook. I just couldn’t sleep.
I could barely drag myself out of bed, but I am proud that I didn’t let that keep me from going to class. I’m glad I went, but did my performance suffer. I realized something was wrong after I got into my gi and finished stretching. I partnered up with BB Mick and rolled for a while.
We did a lot of back and forth. He was sweep me, I would reverse him. About half way through I felt my energy level completely drop. I mean to the point that I had barely escaped an arm bar attempt. If I had a fuel tank gauge on my chest I would say at this point it’s about just over a quarter of a tank.
We went through our usual warm up routine and Joe showed us the first stand up technique. An attacker grabs your collar, you grab hold of their wrist and forearm, step back with the opposite foot pulling them with you, turn your back to them, and bring their elbow onto your shoulder and press down. They should tap immediately or risk getting their elbow broken.
We used to practice that move a lot when I was learning Tae Kwon Do. It’s pretty destructive if you led the angle of your elbow go to far. Not to mention it hurts like hell. We ended up working on that for a while because a lot of guys showed up late. I haven’t seen that before. Maybe they were still suffering from food comas brought about by the Thanksgiving holiday.
The tank gauge is the same because there wasn’t any energy used to do practice this technique. Also, we went really slow (so as not to break each other’s elbows) so I was able to conserve a lot of energy.
Then, we moved to the ground techniques. The attacker on top slides his knee across your stomach to get to mount. The defender puts his hand on that knee to push it back and turns his body towards his attacker. The attacker than snakes his arm underneath that pushing arm and locks a grip on it. The attacker steps over and across the defenders head to obtain an arm bar position and you finish it off.
It’s a good move if you maintain control of your opponent. Any space you give them will result in an escape so there are risks. I was partnered with PB Steve and he escaped a few times to show me how I was leaving ample space when I transitioned to the arm bar. After a while I got it and he couldn’t find the space to escape.
At this point the gas tank gauge is just under a quarter of a tank.
Then, we trained on escaping from that side mount to full mount transition. It’s quite easy and I’m surprised I never thought of it before. Basically, as the attacker is attempting to slide his knee across your stomach you execute an elbow escape towards the side he’s coming from. And the elbow escape is quite easy because all of his weight is on his knee coming across your stomach. It’s genius.
Looking back on all my rolls I could’ve used that technique a million times and would’ve avoided being mounted. Damn you learning process!
If you get the timing right it’s so easy it’s not even funny. I was glad we worked on that for a LONG time because I made sure I worked on it from both sides. I tend to just work the one side and that’s not smart.
At this point the tank is very half way between a quarter tank and empty.
Finally, we worked on attacking the attacker from the bottom during the elbow escape. You grab their head and shoulder in a head lock. You keep tight to them and finish part of the elbow escape, meaning you get one leg out and bring the other leg that’s still underneath your attacker as close to the leg on the side you just escaped as possible.
The reason for this is that you’re going to take his back so you want that leg inside to become a hook. You reach over your attacker, grabbing one of his wrists, sink the other hook in and roll him over. You finish off by applying the classic back mount collar choke.
I’m really good at this choke because I learned early on that it’s all about the first part where you wrap the collar around his neck with your one hand. The other hand takes the slack out of the other side of his gi top and you just sit back and let the pressure build. It’s a brutal choke.
We worked that whole sequence for a while before we started drilling. At that point my gas tank was just above empty. I’m hurting at this point. Can barely think about what we’re going to do next.
The drills were side mount drills. If you’re on bottom you have to escape, if you’re on top you have to achieve the full mount or get a submission. I did neither the entire time. It was so messy I’m too embarrassed to talk about it.
After I worked with three partners Joe called the end of class and the start of open mat. I was past empty at this point. I was dead. However, PB Steve challenged me to a roll so I obliged. I shouldn’t have done that. It was dumb. I spent the entire 6 minute round tapping to everything. I got caught in 2 triangles, 2 arm bars and a collar choke. All of which I can normally defend or escape, but with my gas tank empty I couldn’t do anything.
I went home, showered and slept for three hours afterwards. I think next time I’ll skip class if I only get a few hours of sleep. There’s really no reason to put myself through that and risk getting hurt.
Chau e bom dia!