Class was really good on Friday. After a light warm-up we worked on handling grips when trying to pass guard. Specifically, strategies for dealing with the standard, cross collar grip.
After this, the class split up with white belts on one side and blue belts and up on the other, and we sparred like that for a bit. Then in the last half hour, we sparred as usual. I got a lot of matches, including one with Coach Foster which was awesome, and a good mix of white belts and upper belts.
As much as possible, I started from Turtle and worked to get back to guard. I was able to get the ninja roll back to guard a few times (that is, roll back to guard as shown in my last post). I also had some success working for the single leg. Bing gave me a valuable tip for getting back to guard when someone is sprawled more toward north/south. I’m always looking to defend the d’arce or the guillotine form here.
A new female came in to roll yesterday. She’s a blue belt who hasn’t trained in about a year, she said. My first impression is that she is nice and will be a great addition to the crew if she sticks around. We have several women who train with us, but most are pretty new. Amy is a purple belt, but she hasn’t been training regularly in a while, so I believe it will be really cool for the female white belts to have a colored belt around.
I got a chance to roll with her and she seems competent. So I crushed her. I used my weight and strength to take advantage of her mat rust and totally pwned her. Of course, I’m kidding. I pulled guard and worked to stay open and loose. She was a constant threat to pass. Basically,I spent the entire time getting her in my open guard, working to get a de la riva hook or spider guard, where I’d pretty much get passed right away, shrimping back to regain my half guard, rinse and repeat. It was a good roll for me, and a different attack than I’m used to.
I’m looking forward to class tomorrow.