Noticed that my blogging has been kinda haphazard…Sure, I write about each class I take, but the content seems to be all over the place. Not that it’s bad, I just want to be able to use this blog to track my progress a bit better.
After a fair bit of thinking, I decided to work on the following techniques and be sure to write a bit about my progress regarding these through each class. Also, as a white belt, there are way too many things I need to work on all at the same time, so these might sound a bit too general.
Guard passing. For a while last year, I focused a lot on guard passing. Even purchased the book “Passing the Guard” which is great. So I pushed it a lot and managed to improve somewhat. Then, for some reason (maybe another book) I stopped focusing and my guard passing got worse. Nowadays I rarely try to stack an opponent and my passing techniques have gone down. In trying to avoid getting triangled or choked, I rarely attempt to underhook a leg. So I need to work on this – the whole gamut of guard passing, from the knees, standing up, stacking, smashing, open-guard, etc…
Attacks from the Guard. This includes both sweeps and subs. I focused on this a bit in the first few months of the year, and once I became proficient (against just white belts) with one sweep, I simply stopped. For subs I’ll concentrate mostly on kimuras, for sweeps – well, I’ll work on the appropriate techniques for a white belt, meaning no fancy sweeps!!
Like I said, pretty broad goals. But it will work well. If I’m in guard, I can go for a sweep. If I sweep, then I’ll let my opponent get guard and try to pass and oh so many other variations that I can keep rolling with someone without having to restart a spar so I can work on a position. Notice I’m not focusing too much on subs…improving these two parts will propel my game forward and subs will come naturally based on achieving a superior position (sweep from guard and passing guard to side control). When I start passing or sweeping blue belts every week, I’ll know I’ve really progressed…
I’m guessing I should also post a bit on my weight. A lot of fellow BJJ bloggers have been doing this lately and I feel that I owe it to the still small BJJ blogging community. In the past year I’ve lowered my average weight (based on what I feel I weigh through most of a week) from 200 to 195. I haven’t done much in terms of diet, but I’d like to try to get it down to 190 then to 185.
Names. I’m really bad with names. One year later and I still don’t know the names of peops I regularly train with. Bad. I need to make this good.
These goals are only good if I regularly check my progress against them and keep my focus on them.
Cheers, good life, ous, dodo, end.