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!


One Response to “Promocao”

  1. cosmo Says:

    Congratulations on the promotion kid!! Well deserved.

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