Mar 192012

Congratulations to both Coach Bing and Kenji. Bing had a couple of great matches and earned a silver medal. Kenji, only a little more than three months of BJJ under his white belt, won a great first match. He lost his second one on points, but time ran out with him in solid control of his opponent’s back and working a choke.

Class tonight was fun. We worked basics, basics, basics. Opening a closed guard and the fundamental knee slide pass to either side. With so many white belts at the school, it’s been really good for me to go back and revisit the basics.

Video below is Kenji in his first match. We worked opening the closed guard and talked a little about posture at today’s class, because it looks to me like he had a little trouble with a strong opponent who was locking him down.

Bing’s first match against Brock Doyle, a tough brown belt from Gracie Barra.

And Bing’s second match against Trevor Prangley. I don’t know how big Trevor Prangley is, but he’s stout. Fun match to watch.

Nov 052009

Last hard class before the tournament. My weight’s fine, and at this point I’m trying to go into the tournament as confident as I can. I weighed 185 this morning, so I shouldn’t have any trouble making the weight. It wasn’t like I had to drop a lot… just a couple of pounds. No beer, no candy and an eye toward lean protein and I’m in good shape, weight wise.

I worked hard at class yesterday. Bing took us through a pretty good warmup, and then got us right into sparring. We started the first half hour standing and then the second half hour from the ground.

I got my ass handed to me by both Josh and Bing, but feel pretty good about my other matches. I think I’ll be okay in the tournament if I just stay calm and work my game.

Tonight’s family night. I think the Transformer’s sequel came in Netflix yesterday, so we’ll watch that. Weigh ins are up in Tukwilla tomorrow evening and then Saturday is the Revolution Tournament.

Oh, and Saturday night, win or lose, I’m drinking a beer and a medium rare ribeye.