Haven’t posted in a bit because I’ve been inundated at work. Things have been really crazy because we are in planning season. So fun (sarcasm).
I trained twice the week ending 9/16 outside of my normal routine because I had to attend a wedding on the 9/17. Unfortunately, I can’t remember the stuff we worked on because work has made everything such a blur. I do remember it being pretty easy and simple because we just got a bunch of new students so we had to work on some simple techniques to give them a flavor of BJJ.
While I the wedding I rolled my ankle while dancing, which sucked. Man did that hurt. I kept dancing on it, which probably wasn’t the smartest thing, but I still had a lot of fun. The bride and groom are dear friends so it was really nice being part of their special day.
Because of my ankle I didn’t train during the week. Instead I went to class yesterday and had a specific request as to what we should work on. My friend PB Steve and I were talking about his training sessions and he said that he had trouble getting out from under BB Luis’s mount. BB Luis uses his hooks on his opponent’s shins and works submissions from there. Because of this his mount is very difficult to deal with.
Although BB Luis didn’t submit PB Steve, Steve was frustrated with the fact that he couldn’t escape the mount. We spoke about getting together on our own and working on that so I asked our Instructor to teach us about those and how to deal with them.
His response (so obvious): “Don’t let the guy get them in.” So he showed us how you can get your butt closer to your heels such that there is no space for the hooks to go in. Then, we worked on dealing with them should you be too late. The first priority is to protect your neck. Once you have that down than you can manipulate your legs such that you eventually get your opponents hooks out. I won’t try to explain the techniques here because there is such a visual aspect to them that I won’t do it justice.
I didn’t get involved in the open mat because of my ankle so I called it a day. I hope to get back to my normal training schedule after next week. Wish me luck.
Chau e bom dia!