Aug 212012

Great class yesterday.  Coach Bing is still out of town for a few more days, but we had 11 people on the mats, including myself.  The number of students is steadily growing and yesterday was no exception.  We had our first female student at the school. 

As has been discussed on many blogs before, BJJ is a great sport for women, but getting women to train can be difficult.  This is particularly true at a new school where there aren’t any females currently training.  Being the first courageous soul to cross the threshold can be intimidating and takes a bit of a pioneering spirit.  Overall, she did great and seemed to enjoy herself.  I hope she comes back. 

For technique, I worked with the white belts on a basic armbar from mount while Scott took the other upper belts through some techniques.  Talked a little about establishing a good position in mount and then moving to high mount.  I think everyone does an armbar pretty much the same way, so nothing really radical here.  There are really only so many ways to bend the arm the wrong direction.  In order to stay really heavy on my opponent, I like to think about attacking and putting pressure on his shoulder.  The idea being that if I can keep my knee pinned up against his head and a lot of pressure on the shoulder, it helps trap the arm.  We also discussed some of the ways to maintain mount and stay heavy. 

The class was a great mix of experience levels.  We had a brown belt, a purple belt, 2 blue belts and then the balance were white belts (and one new person) and it’s good to see the school growing. 

Nov 152009

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.