How are you doing? I’m tired, but feeling good. Partly because I found out that if I pass my next PT evaluation I’ll be discharged and can resume my regular training schedule! Yea!!! Wish me luck! I’m also feeling good partly because we had a great class today. It’s really hot up in here in NJ so the training was that much tougher, but in a good way.
We went right into ground work today. No stand up techniques, which was unusual, but whatever. We worked on applying the omoplata from the guard and then the defense against that omoplata. I didn’t have any real trouble with either. It was just more about getting the time right to apply one or the other. For example, if you catch the omoplata early enough you simply thrust your hips forward and go for a basic under-the-leg guard pass. If you’re late, then you let your attacker get into position, tuck the arm he is attacking against your belt and then roll under him as he lifts his hips to apply the technique. Quite effective.
Although these techniques sound easy and for the most part they aren’t too difficult, our instructor really wanted to hammer the lesson in so we worked on these techniques over and over and over again. In a room with no air conditioning that can be quite taxing on the body.
After class was over I partnered up with a new blue belt (I forgot his name, which isn’t good) and we went for one, six-minute round. I didn’t get him, but I did control him for the most part in side mount after passing his guard. He got me back into his guard after bucking like a madman, but I just passed it again. I’m glad that those basic techniques weren’t loss due to inactivity as I was away from the mat.
I didn’t tap him, but I’m OK with that because I think I did well overall. Wish me luck on my evaluation. Will post results on Tuesday.
Chau e bom dia!