Early afternoon class. I made it, I actually made it. People were welcoming me back. It was fun. And a great class.
Warm-ups were long and made me have to catch my breath. There was a lot of general calisthenics and grappling specific exercises. Class proper was all drills with no specific technique taught.
Everything was done in rounds by pairs, from stand-up all the way to ground fighting. First set was grip fighting, then controlling your opponent while standing, then take-down setups,then takedowns, then rolling from stand-up, then open guard, seated guard, half-guard, and lastly regular rolling from the knees. I paired up with a higher level blue belt for all the drills and rolling.
Overall it was a great tiring class. I was happy that I didn’t injure myself during standup, as usually happens with stand-up. No ankle, arm, or any kind of injuries. After class I didn’t want to jinx it, so I did more rolling starting from the knees.
What I did right:
- I discovered my favorite throw, the hip throw variation where I go down on one or both knees. Set them up nice too
- I managed to do a few sweeps, reversals, and passes
- In regular rolling i seem to give up my back a lot, which I never did before, but I’m defending well
- I went to BJJ!!!
What I did wrong:
- Stand-up definitely needs work
- My open and seated guard are horrible. It’s hard to say it, but it’s worse than my half-guard. So they’re downright terrible
- I need to remember to immediately put my head (and weight) down when doing a pass, especially if I’m doing a standing or high kneeling guard pass
- My head exposure to guillotines is still there, but I’m getting better at defending them
- Seem to give my back too often. Or rather it gets taken a lot
I asked for some help with half-guard tactics with the blue belt I was paired with. Cool. It was mostly stuff that I’ve gone through before, but can’t remember or haven’t implemented in my game.