Archive for June, 2012

Premeiro Combate

June 30, 2012


Today’s class was really good.

We started with defending yourself from a standing guillotine.  You grab the wrist of your attacker’s arm that is around your neck and lift your head up to create space and relieve pressure on your neck.  Your other arm goes over your attacker’s shoulder and as they lift you, you hang your weight and wrap your left leg around his leg.  Doing that makes you difficult to lift and your attacker will eventually get tired from trying to hold your body weight.  As he puts you down you come around to his side (the side where your arm is wrapped over his shoulder) and then use your leg to bend his knee thus rendering him off balance.  Thank you take him down to his back with you in side mount.  Put all your weight on your shoulder that is into his neck and weight.  Eventually he will let go (unless he’s an idiot and he wants to pass out).

It’s a great self-defense technique because it relies on no strength at all and puts you in a dominant position after being in what could be a really bad position for you.

We continued with this self defense process by defending punches from the guard.  If you’re new to this blog you can check my prior posts about how to do it.  It’s great.  I actually pulled it on my wife when she tried to attack me for  making fun of her.  She completely freaked out.  It was great.  She kept screaming “GET OFF OF ME! LET GO!!!”  It was too funny.  Fortunately, she didn’t force me to sleep in the other room.

We then worked on transitioning from defending a punch to a kimora and them from a failed kimora attempt to an oma-plata.  I think that’s the most beautiful thing about jiu-jitsu.  You can link so many moves together in this unending chain.  If you miss something you can transition to something else and on and on and on.

If you think about it, in a self-defense situation that’s really important because you never know which way it’s going to go.  It’s not like an MMA fight with a referee who will penalize your opponent if he breaks the rules.

After class was ended I decided to spar for the first time, which is why the title of this post is “first fight.”  I sparred with my good ol’ buddy PB Steve.  I knew he wouldn’t go nuts on me and set me back with another neck injury so we went really slow and technical.  It was great.  He tapped me 3 times in 10 minutes, but that’s fine.  It felt like riding a bike.  I was a little off balance, but I was still able to remember the myriad techniques I’ve learned over the last 4 years.

That doesn’t mean I didn’t them all correctly or that I was awesome or anything, but I wasn’t completely killed either.  Overall a great class and so far I don’t feel any pain.  My neck is sore, but it’s the normal soreness from training these types of techniques.  I keep forgetting to schedule time with a local PT/chiropractor.  He uses traction therapy as part of his process, which I was to put to use.

Either that or buy a home-traction kit, which seems pretty easy to use since it’s based on pneumatics versus electronics.  We’ll see.

Hope you all had good training sessions this weekend and that you all have a Happy 4th of July.


Volte a Tatame

June 29, 2012


It has been a REALLY long time since I’ve posted.  I herniated my disc back in October and stopped training completely.  I did rehab for 2 months and was released.  However, my doctor told me that herniated discs can take between 6 and 8 months to heal so I did not return to training.  Instead I took my rehab exercises and performed them in a gym with free weights.  And I did that twice a week until the end of May.

Then, I returned to the mat the first weekend in June.  That’s why the title of this post translates to “I returned to the mat.”  The cool part is that it rhymes in Portuguese.  LOL!

Anyway, I am not training full out.  I am only working on the technical part of the class and that’s it.  If anything that we train looks like it’ll put strain on my neck like guard passing I don’t do it.  Partly because I still want some time to heal and partly because I’m scared.

I know, I know I sound like a wuss, but that’s OK.  One thing I always remember is that aging never stops.  And injuries that don’t heal properly always come back to bite you when you’re older.  I want to keep training until I’m in my late 90’s so taking the time to heal now will pay off in the end.  I’m just going to take things easy and slow for now.  Jiu-Jitsu isn’t a sprint; it’s a marathon.  I’m in no hurry.

So far our classes have been focusing on real basic techniques like armbars from the guard and transitioning from an armbar to an omo plata, which is great.  One class involved escaping the mount and I did it for a bit and everything seemed OK.

I’ve felt a little sore all over afterwards, which is normal for not having trained for so long, but also my back has been fine.  It’s sensitive, but I haven’t had any issues.  This makes me happy because it tells me I’m doing things right.

Eventually I’ll get back to sparring, but not for a while and only with guys I trust.  I don’t need to get hurt again.

Any of you suffer any injuries recently?  How did you handle it?

Chau e bom dia!