Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Competition Schedule for the rest of 2015

  • US Grappling Grapplemania - July 25
  • Newbreed - August 1st
  • US Grappling Greensboro - Nov 14
  • Newbreed - Dec 5th.

 I had wanted to wedge one more in, but it looks like 5 this year is all I can manage. Maybe I can wedge another one in there somewhere in september/october. We'll see.

Monday, May 4, 2015

Changing Gears

I haven't written anything in a while because all of my updates would look like this:

"Went to class, drilled some stuff, rolled, grindin' that mat time. Progress is good." and that would be it. So consider there to have been like 30 of those between the last update and this one.

Last week I hit the milestone for my defense that I've been working back to. Brown and black belts are having a hard time finishing submissions and keeping me in bad places. So I'm where I want to be with my defense.

This week I'm starting to work on switching gears, a lot. My complete focus is on moving from defense into offense, generating sweeps, insisting on top position, and then working to finish. I expect to have a lot of mixed success for a while with this, but I'm hoping that by the end of the year I will have my offense close to where my defense is.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Newbreed Writeup and Videos

It's been a few weeks since the event which has helped me get some perspective. This was definitely a blow to my confidence after being so successful at the last newbreed. This was pretty much the exact opposite. Instead of feeling strong, aggressive, and like I knew what I was doing I felt overpowered, slow, and clumsy.

For the videos just head over to the reddit thread I posted them on (Which resulted in about equal parts douchebaggery and excellent advice, which is my favorite kind of thread) and you can check them out there.

My first match I felt outmatched as soon as the guy gripped up with me. His grip was like a vice and I couldn't shake it to regrip before he pulled guard. From there I tried to pass over his leg and it just... didn't move. At all. At that point my brain shut down and I flailed around pointlessly before getting swept and playing defense for the rest of the round. One near sweep got stuffed when I couldn't get him to let go of my head, so he just stood up and ended up on top again. Total suck.

Second match was literally 5 seconds after the first one and was against an old training partner who has been wrestling forever. He's also STUPID strong. A quick single leg from him and then I just couldn't get a hold of him long enough to do anything, so back to playing defense the entire time.

The third match was like 3 hours later and I was tired. I was determined not to let my opponent pull guard, so I rushed my tomoe nage, resulting in a super shitty guard pull, which led to halfguard, then to getting bow and arrow choked.

I felt super shitty about my whole performance.

Post tournament I took some time off, both to let my neck recover from being yanked on, and because my wife got sick, then I got sick, so I didn't want to spread that evil at the gym. Getting back today I was very much focused on working harder, being more assertive again, and forcing my opponent to make mistakes. And it was working. I bullied all of the blue belts around pretty good, I was hitting my collar drags and my loop chokes, and generally doing a good job. Going to try to keep that moving until my next comp.

Also continuing to lift weights to see if I can get a little extra muscle added on.

Sunday, March 8, 2015

NewBreed results

I went 0-3 at New Breed and found that I am still just really bad at dealing with people who have really heavy pressure on top. I need to revisit that and my halfguard game under pressure and just work harder and be willing to use some muscle in class to help get used to that idea.

I'll post a full writeup and videos at some point this week, just wanted to get something written down to remind me.

Monday, February 16, 2015

Operation Be More Assertive Update

OBMA has been an ongoing project for while now, it took a break when I came back from my layoff in favor of me just getting back into the groove and being able to train regularly, but since the beginning of the year I've been able to really get back to it. I find that now I have made a lot of progress in avoiding sweeps and reversals, refusing to give into them, and maintaining my top position. I've also made progress with asserting myself while performing sweeps, pushing to get on top, and generally making the rolls go my way.

Now what I have noticed is that I am WAY too comfortable just hanging out in top position. I do not assertively push for submissions and seek to finish. I don't actively generate openings, I just chill and put pressure on from the top and hope my opponent gives me something I can use.

I suppose that's all find and good, but I do need to be pushing myself to attack once I'm top a lot more. I'm fond of saying that the progression is Defend, Escape, Advance, Submit and I'm getting 1-3 going very successfully, but I have to tighten down on my submission game.

To that end I'll be focusing on Americanas, Arm triangles, and Armbars from the top for the next couple of months with an eye towards immediately attacking the second I get on top, even if I completely blow it and end up on the bottom again.

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Lifting and Competition

Hit the gym tonight and started the next phase of lifting. I'm still on 4x10 sets with Squats since I haven't started to plateau with them at all, but tonights bench press was 8x100, 6x105, 4x110, 2x115. Rows are 80lbs, 4x10 and will stay there for a while before I move up again.

I'm registered for the New Breed tournament next weekend, it happens about 20 minutes from my house so it's a super convenient one. Last time I went 3-0 in it, I hope to repeat that performance since I'm feeling a lot better about my jiujitsu and my fitness now than I was then.

And I will get video this time! Camera is charged, memory is clear, and we're ready to go.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Just a lifting update

Should be training BJJ in the AM, but tonight I hit 4x10 with 70lbs on bench/squat/rows. The rows are hard as hell, dunno if I'll be able to make it at 75 or not next week, but I'm going to try.