Sunday, September 30, 2012

US Grappling - Virginia Beach - Oct 27

I'll be competing again coming up on the 27th of October at US Grappling in Virginia beach. I may also be refereeing (To be confirmed with the USG folks) and that means I'll be ramping my training up a little bit in an attempt to not be a lazy git when I arrive at competition.

To that end I've been working on 50/50 and Berimbolo offense and defense as well as my normal loop choke offense and my sweep game. I'm also sharpening up my omoplatas again. I'm pretty relaxed with my goals right now, it's all about sharpening my combinations and just pushing my game up to the next level so I'm not particularly concerned with placing in competition right now I just want to test the stuff I've been working on. I'm hoping I'll actually have a weightclass this time around. If I'm lucky I'll be able to do my weightclass in adult and masters gi and no-gi and skip out on being smashed by people in absolute this time. I get plenty of work against people 80lbs heavier than I am in training.

I've got a couple of more interesting and informative posts in the works for this week, as well as possibly a video or two. We'll see how it works out.

Monday, September 10, 2012

Wristlocks? Lolwhut?

This post is a little late due to some still fairly intense work schedule, but I did get to train last week and we have some more new folks in the gym. One of them is a largeish fellow, about 220 or so and my height, who it turns out has some training in some japanese jiujitsu or aikido or something. He spent a solid 6 minutes attempting to wristlock me inside my guard. He was ALMOST strong enough to make one of them work. Instead though after 90 or so wristlock attempts I just ended up with a mildly sore wrist.
I just let him keep attempting them while I continued to free myself over and over and over again, hoping that he will realize they aren't practical before he catches some white belt and injuries him.

We also had one of our giants returning, a guy who is about 6'5" and 300lbs. I rolled briefly with him and grabbed a collar and spun under for the collar choke. I figure I have to get some subs in early on him because once he's been training a couple of months he won't fall for that kind of thing any more and he'll start crushing me.

The new class schedule has us all training from 7pm to 9pm, so we end up getting to roll a LOT more, but the class kind of breaks down the last 30 minutes as people get tired and leave. I think I should probably take that time to see if I can get someone to drill with me, since I don't drill enough.

We've got some folks going to the Atlanta Open coming up, so I'm going to try to help them get some extra training this week and hopefully they'll bring home some medals.