I actually made it to four classes last week. I’m sore but feeling good, and it was great to train so often. I’m hoping to dye my new Vulkan Pro Light gi this morning, and perhaps I’ll get it done so that I can wear it to class this afternoon. Maybe not… we’ll see how motivated I am. I’m going to dye this one Pewter, which is going to be a lighter color. On a scale of one to Orange Crush, this is going to be more subtle.
I also picked up a couple yards of white canvas material and am going to play around with making some patches. I’m going to start by experimenting more with Batik, but also have some fabric paints I’m interested in playing with, too. I have no formal training in art, so all of the stuff I’m doing is completely based upon what meager instructions I can find on the internet and making it up as I go. As a result, I’m pretty stressed out about messing up someone’s gi (or my own). I’m confident that I can dye a gi one color and do a nice job. I’m not as confident in the end result with the art images. Working with patches will allow me to make mistakes and be a lot less stressed out.
Back to training, we worked some good stuff. Bill showed us a tripod sweep and I picked up a detail on the grips. Here’s a video I found on YouTube of the basic sweep:
In this video, the guy is doing it basically the same way I’ve done it, which is to get the same side grip. But my problem is that my opponent NEVER falls as conveniently as this guy’s uke. Don’t get me wrong. This sweep is money. I just tend to roll up into my opponent’s half guard. Sometimes, I can kneeslide into a modified scarf hold, but against a competent opponent, I get hung up in his legs or worse, in his guard.
Bill suggested switching my grip to the other hand, if possible. If you can switch the grips, it basically stacks that side, with me controlling both his foot and his hand, and then it’s really easy to slide right into 100 kilos/side control.
I’ve been having some success with the turtle techniques shown by Giva at the grand opening seminar. I really like the choke. I’m not setting it in quite right yet, but it’s a good choke I’m definitely adding to the toolbox.
Lots of sparring. I got to spend some quality time rolling with Bing on Wednesday, which was good, and rolled a lot with a bunch of people I seldom get to roll with. That was good, too. I’m really trying to shake my game up, and I can see some positive effects already. I’m starting to look for the kneebars and ankle locks a little more, working on staying active instead of settling in, and trying to start each roll from a different position, to avoid falling entirely into familiar patterns.
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