Afternoon no-gi class. What a hot day! Not as humid as in BJJ Class 149, but still hot.
I came in early and warmed up with a speed rope again, like I did in the last no-gi class. When class started, we did some running and BJJ stretches and warm-ups. Then we did some pummeling and drilled the classic butterfly guard sweep with the overhook/underhook and double over hook variations. Key tips:
- Whether with the under-hook or overhooks, always control the arms tight and always pin the arms to your body by pinching your elbows in
- Position your head low, on your opponents chin. While there are variations with that, keeping your head in between your sweepee (person you’re sweeping) nad yourself helps optimize the distance and leverage you need
A couple of rounds of rolling of seated/butterfly guard against passing followed. I rolled the first four rounds with a fellow blue belt I was promoted with. I was able to get the sweep we had drilled once or twice, the rest of the rolls was just fighting for maintaining control of his arms and body. I was able to defend well. I need to be more aware of positioning my hips and where I put the pressure when I pass.
I rolled next with a white belt who didn’t want anything to do with seated guard. I was able to get to side control a few times, but am still struggling with transitioning to a submission when my opponent is defending well.
My last rounds was with another fellow blue belt I was promoted with. He’s a skinny, flexible, quick guy. I haven’t rolled with anyone so quick in a while. He’d be able to take my back without telegraphing his intentions in a flash from guard and half-guard.
I wish I could train more in a week. Heck, I’d be happy if I was able to workout by myself once a week, which I haven’t been able to do since wedding planning.
Anyway, hope you’ve got great plans for July fourth!!