Archive for December, 2012


December 30, 2012


So got back to training this week after letting my back rest.  It definitely was helpful.  Beside some soreness I feel good.

Thursday’s class was great.  We worked on closing the distance from a standing opponent.  First, we started with closing the distance when the attacker throws a haymaker.  You bring your outstretched hand to the side of your head and bring your close hand closer to your face  move in and in a sense block the shot with your armpit, which allows you to grab the arm and go for a takedown.

Then, we worked on variations from that, which was excellent.  Eventually, BrnB Vince and our Instructor put on practice MMA gloves and we had to work on those variations.  It was great.  I really enjoy stuff like that because, in my opinion, 90% of BJJ is timing.  Any time you can work on your timing your BJJ technique will grow exponentially.

I actually did really well right off the bat when usually I have to go in and out a few times before I get my timing right.  Class was ended and I rolled with a few guys.  I started off rolling with BB Ernst.  He’s new to our gym and a really nice guy.  We’re the same height, but I think I outweigh him.  He trained in various schools over the last several years because he was in the military.  We went back for a while and I spent a lot of time under his mount.  He had a hold on my gi right at the back of my head and I couldn’t get him off.  I was patient though and eventually I felt his weight shift and I was able to bump and roll him.

Then, I partnered with someone else and I can’t remember who it was.  I think it was PB Micky and he tapped me with a triangle.  I wish I was sure it was him, but the triangle was in rock solid.  I don’t remember what happened next.

Today we worked on something similar in the “stand up” portion of the class where we closed the distance as an attacker moves forward  with some jabs.  You kick as his leg and then move in to grab him at the waste.  Use your weight to bring him down and move to mount. It’s a great move and beautiful to watch when someone masters the technique.  Then, we moved onto mount escapes.  A bit disjointed, but I always enjoy going over that technique.

Now, I have some news.  At the end of class our Instructor asked us to line up.  I thought we were going to work on some drills, but then he started calling people forward and put stripes on their belt.  Including me!!!  Yeah!  It’s been 4 years since I got my BB and it’s been 2 years since I got my 1st stripe (I kept track by writing the dates I get my stripe on the stripe itself.  I got the idea from PB Steve so I started doing it too).  It was great getting it.  I was really happy for the other guys who were promoted too.  They put in a lot of work and deserved it.

Then, we started the open mat and had a really good time.  I went back and forth with PB Micky, but he didn’t get me.  Then, I went with BB Yosef and we just canceled each other out for the most part.  Then, I rolled with PB Steve and he tapped me probably a million times.  He got me in a bunch of armbars, which tells me I need to work on them.

Then, I went with PB Joe and despite his VERY AGGRESSIVE attempts at submissions I was able to fend him off.  I was in mount for a while and side mount for what felt like forever, but I survived.

Then, I rolled again with PB Steve and did a little better, but not by much.  That was it.  That was my Saturday.  It was great to be promoted, but I still have a lot of work to do.

Chau e bom dia!



December 16, 2012


I’ve been training pretty regularly for a while and at the same time hitting my head against a wall.  I’ve gotten into this rut where my performance has been really bad.  My defense is all wrong and I have no attacks whatsoever.

The technique parts of my classes have been OK.  We’ve been working on some pretty basic stuff like defending against a guillotine or escaping the mount.  We’ve had a rash of new WBs join the school so we’ve been keeping things pretty simple.  Nothing wrong with that; it’s always good to review.  But there really hasn’t been any training of note lately that I can speak of, sometimes jiu-jitsu is just that: basic.

Sparring on the other hand has been terrible.  I’m getting my butt handed to me 30 ways from Sunday.  Ouch.  One point we were doing round robins and I got tapped 8 times in a row by 2 different PBs.  After the 8th time I stepped off the mat.  I decided that if nothing was working I was only hurting myself by continuing to try.  I come from a music background and when learning to write music you hear about stepping away when it’s not working.  You can’t force art so it’s better to stop and either work on something else or walk away completely.  So that’s what I did.

In my last training session on the 15th I was going really hard with PB Joe and afterwards my back felt really sore.  Since I herniated my disc I am very sensitive to how my back feels while I’m training and when I’m done.  I felt like I tweaked it a bit and that maybe I should take some time off.

So this week I didn’t train at all.  As I’ve said before it’s stupid to train hurt and either injure yourself worse or not heal correctly and pay for it later in life.  The only training I did was do some of the PT exercises I did after I herniated my disc and I think it did the trick.  My back feels really good and I will get back on the mat on Tuesday.

I hope to train more the week between Christmas and New Year’s, which will be great.  I’ll see how that goes.

Hope you all had a great training week.