I’ve been at class all week, even managing to make the Tuesday class, which is rare for me. I am looking forward to the tournament coming up on November 7th.
I was wearing my cool green Gameness Pearl gi. My back is feeling pretty good, and I’m just looking to have fun at class. Today (Sunday), I’m going to head up to Seattle for a referee’s meeting at Ivan Salaverry’s gym. Jeff B. likes to have all of the guys who are going to referee for him get together and go over the rules. While I don’t referee, I do help Jeff manage the mats and such. It’s also a chance to get some rolling in, as we run live matches so the refs can get some practice with immediate feedback from Jeff.
Back to last Friday, I had a couple of good sparring matches. I got to roll with purple belt Bing, which is always an adventure. He’s always doing something strange, whether it’s 93 guard or upside down guard or whatever. You never know what you’re going to get from him. But I pushed it a little, tried not to roll lazy and feel pretty good.
I did the same with brown belt, Thad. As we started, he tried to get to half guard. I tried to kneeslide over to side control, but got too high and ended up getting swept. I ended up under side control, then as he moved to knee on belly, I over-committed to a bridge and he got hold of an arm and was working for a kimura. I defended that for a while, eventually managing to get to turtle and then roll back to guard. As he passed to my half guard, I locked in a deep cross collar choke.
I didn’t finish it, but I’ve been thinking about why not. First and easiest reason is, it’s Thad. It’s going to be difficult to finish anyone with a gladiator name like Thadius!
It was one of those where you’re sitting there… and you KNOW it’s deep and you KNOW you’re one little detail from finishing. I was focused on getting my leg through back to guard. While I’m sure that had I been able to do
that, it would have worked, in thinking about it I’m pretty sure I could have finished it from half-guard. Had I concentrated less on pulling him in to me and more on doing a side crunch motion to tighten up the choke (if that makes any sense at all), I’m pretty sure it would have done the job.
In other news, check out my ex-white Gameness Pearl gi:
And a close up:
This gi turned out really well. While there are still some variations in the color, it looks really good and looks like it came from the factory this color. Because Gameness uses a synthetic thread, it doesn’t take the dye, making it look really cool.
Still working up to tie dye.