Monday, August 2, 2010

Armdrags and Weightlifting

I moved my squats up since my knee has been feeling better and better. Did 3-4 sets of 3 with 167.5 spread through the day on thursday, then a couple of sets of five, then saturday did several sets of five. I'll probably do that again tonight and look to move up later this week. Bench press I hit 187.5, dropping back down to 167.5 to work for more reps. I want to hit a set of 5 before I try to move up to 193.5.

In jits I've been re-visiting Armdrags again. When I first started BJJ I briefly tried making them work for me with poor results. I tended to yank on someones arm and nothing happened. About a year ago I tried them out again with better results against the complete noobs, but still not enough success to make them part of my main game. The last few weeks I've been slowly mixing them back in and making them work more and more. My current favorite is from butterfly guard Marcelo Garcia style. I also discovered that I don't have to be explosive with the armdrag to make it work. Just get the grips, force the arm far enough across that I can block it with my body, and hip out to the side.
This has led me to several sweeps and a high percentage of the time gets me my opponents back. I think I've finally gotten to a point where armdrags will be a part of my primary game.

It's almost time for me to do a new MindMap as well. I'll probably start from scratch so as not to pollute my new mentality with my old roadmap. Then I'll compare the two.

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