Archive for September, 2012

Preciso Mais Treinamento

September 30, 2012


Planning season at work is almost over so my evening time is opening up and I can get back to training.  In fact I was able to train twice this week, which hasn’t happened in a while.  Once I present my plan in a week I’ll have way more time available to train.

And more training is exactly what I need, which is why the title of this post is “I need more training.”  Not so much on specific techniques, but I need to get more rolls in at the end of class.  Now, I have the excuse that I was getting back into rolling slowly due to my injury, but now I need to flip the switch and roll at least twice.

I just have to be selective when it comes to my training partners.  I don’t need to re-injury myself.  This week I was fortunate to have a good group of guys at class so I was able to get multiple rolls in.  However, I can see that my timing is WAY off and I am stuck in a strategic rut.

My defense is still strong, I’m not getting tapped a lot, but my attacks are awful.  Literally awful.  I can’t get a choke in to save my life.  I’m even having trouble transitioning from side mount to full mount.  I keep getting swept or my training partner gets back to full guard.   It’s just a matter of putting the time in and I think I’ll get my rhythm back.

Other than that classes have been good.  We’ve been spending a lot more time on standing techniques, which is interesting.  On Thursday we did nothing but take downs for 30 minutes.  Then, we worked on applying an arm bar after the take down.  Those types of lessons really help you focus on your movement and making them smooth.

I have to say that I’m very good at controlling my body when I move my legs into position to lockdown my opponent and maintain control of his arms.  Also, I’ve gotten way better at sliding backward.  Before I would kind of “fall” off my opponent to then lean back and apply the technique; however, now I slide off and the entire technique looks smoother.

On Saturday we worked on applying a guillotine from standing should an attacker try to take you down.  You sprawl, wrap your arms around his neck, stand up and squeeze.  Very efficient way of applying the technique and ending a fight if you ask me.

Then, we worked on:

Collar Choke from the mount

Applying an armbar from the mount should your opponent try to push you off of him.

Applying a wristlock should your opponent try to wiggle his arms out of yours while applying the armbar.

Very basic and effective stuff and I think a very thorough class.  Our Instructor kept asking us to ask questions to get these techniques correct.  Getting into all that detail really helped.  It was great.  It lead to a lot of good questions like “What do I do should my opponent try to bump me off when I apply the wristlock?”  A lot of us blue belts (blues were the highest level in the class that day) didn’t even think about that so it was good to go over it.

All in all a great series of classes this week.  Looking forward to next week because I think our Instructor wants to work on passing the guard for a couple of classes.

Hope you all had a great week of training.

Chau e bom dia!


Bom Dia!

September 16, 2012

Once again work has gotten in the way and I had to prioritize projects over posting.  Fortunately, I have been able to train and am slowly getting back to my regular schedule of 2x a week.

Classes have been similar as our instructor has been focusing on passing the guard.  He feels a bunch of us aren’t using proper technique and wants to see some improvement.  I like when we train on the same technique for several classes.  It gives you plenty of opportunity to break down what you’re doing and get better at it.  I’ve felt pretty good with my guard passing, now I feel even better.

Rolling hasn’t been that good.  I’ve struggled a lot.  Given my time away from the mats due to my injury my timing is off and I’ve forgotten how to set up chains of techniques and get ahead of my training partner.  It’ll come back, just need more time.

Saturday’s class was really good.  We had too many new guys so we didn’t work on guard passing, but worked on a few basic attacks from the mount.  No big deal there, but then I sparred afterwards and did pretty good.

PB Steve and me went for 8 minutes and he tapped me 3 times, but overall I was OK with how I performed.  I felt like I was getting my rhythm back.  Then, I partnered up with BB Kevin and went for another 8 minutes.  Kevin’s a 4-stripe BB and very close to getting promoted; his technique is very good and he’s very strong.  I expected to struggle with him, but wanted to challenge myself.

I don’t know what happened, but things started working for me.  I defended really well and although I never tapped him Kevin only tapped me once.  That NEVER happens when I roll wit him.  It’s usually 4 or 5 times before the buzzer goes off.  This time I defended myself pretty well and even escaped an armbar.  Not bad for me.  Felt real good.

Hopefully, the same thing will happen on Tuesday.  I’ll keep you posted.  Hopefully, you had a good weekend of training.

Ciao e bom dia!


September 2, 2012


I have to apologize for the prolonged silence.  It’s planning season at work so I have been slammed with work.  Also, a vacation to Scandinavia took up a lot of time.

Although I was on vacation, that doesn’t mean I didn’t train.  I had the honor of training with Christian Graugart, the BJJ Globetrotter!  If you haven’t heard of Christian, he is a Black Belt who has a blog called Zhoozhitzu do Graugardo.  He created a 2nd blog called BJJ Globetrotter where he posted a sign “Will teach BJJ for food and shelter.  Various individuals and schools contacted him to have him out to teach and he ended up going around the world 6 months.  Christian lives in Copenhagen, Denmark where he teaches at a school,

I heard of him when he was interviewed on the Fightworks Podcast and as I knew I would be in Copenhagen I would see about going to his school and take a class.  Christian was more then welcoming and we traded e-mails back and forth right up to the day before I left.

He is a very good guy and great instructor.  It was a great experience; couldn’t have been better.  I’m so happy to have done it and would do it again in a heart beat.

I got to his school and they couldn’t have been more nicer.  They invited me to go to the changing area and then get on the mats to warm up.  We went through warm up drills, which included shrimping across the mat, alligator walks (I think that’s what they are called) and then we worked a lot on neck warm ups and then got to drilling.

We worked on maintaining the mount and then one technique to escape it.  Then, we did open sparring and I got to spar with Christian.  It was awesome.  He was so fluid and athletic.  It’s not something I’m used to because we only have 1 BlkB at my school, which is my instructor, and he doesn’t regularly spar with whites and blues.  He mainly spars with our upper belts (which is fine, don’t have an issue with it, his school, his rules).

Anyway, obviously Christian owned me like I wasn’t even there, but that’s OK.  The best part for me was sparring against his students and holding my own.  I was able to maintain the mount effectively and in the sparring sessions tapped a few of his students with collar chokes from the mount and one arm bar.

When I got back to my hotel I couldn’t get the smile off of my face.  It was so great; such a great experience.  The more I travel the more I will make an effort to go to more schools.  Especially throughout Europe.

Since coming back I’ve been training at school and have been struggling a bit.  I’ve hit one of those walls you get in BJJ.  I’m sure I’ll come through it, but it’s going to be a process.

Hopefully, you all have been training and getting better.  Enjoy labor day!

Chau e bom dia!