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post #21 of 24 (permalink) Old 12-30-2008, 12:00 PM
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It is good to roll with new students because they are wild and use strength. Maybe a little more realistic if your training for the self defense aspect. Now that I'm getting older, I will usually feed the new students to one of my younger experienced animals first. Especially if the new student is a physical stud or has a wrestling background. I've seen more injuries when rolling with wild new students and if I'm out with an injury, I cant teach.
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post #22 of 24 (permalink) Old 01-13-2009, 06:17 PM
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Do any of you guys ever have this problem? I learned BJJ by grappling with two guys who have been doing BJJ/Catch wrestling for about 15+ years, and another guy who went to Royce Gracie's school. Needless to say they were all very good, calm, composed, and every mistake I made they would jump all over me with submissions I had never seen before. However, grappling with them was always a great learning experience, and I had a lot of times where I pulled off some awesome techniques (one time I nearly caught my trainer in a gogoplata, much to his surprise)

So here I am at tonight's BJJ class at my college (a local BJJ teacher runs the club) and I'm sparring with a guy who has only three BJJ classes to my knowledge. Since I had about 4-5 months of BJJ experience with some really good grapplers, I felt pretty confident that I'd be able to handle myself in sparring.

However, our first round he comes out wildly and gets the takedown on me, which I expect because I have horrible takedowns and mediocre takedown defense. What then suprised me was that working with him in my guard proved to be very difficult and unpredictable because he had very little form, and was basically just thrashing around all over the mats. He managed to pass my guard after stacking me, and then after struggling in side control I was able to escape, but right into a guillotine! Since he only had been taught the standing version he stood me up (lol), and he thought I tapped out so he stopped. I didn't really tap, but I made no big deal of it because he actually had me pretty deep in the choke and I was tired of standing up.

In our last round he did the same wild wrestling style that once again threw me off guard and put me into bad positions. He even managed to mount me for a moment, which was a little embarrassing. Somewhere in the madness he locked another guillotine, which I managed to escape, and I ended up on his back with a rear naked choke sunk before the teacher called the round to an end.

So although I did not get dominated per say, I did get put into some dangerous positions by a newcomer, even after I had rolled with grapplers much better than him. What do you guys do with people that just wildly put all their energy into it? It was hard to stay calm and keep my head straight grappling with a madman like that.

Ummmm are you by chance C.B. Dollaway?

"he thought I tapped out so he stopped. I didn't really tap, but I made no big deal of it because he actually had me pretty deep in the choke and I was tired of standing up.
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post #23 of 24 (permalink) Old 01-13-2009, 06:20 PM
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Ugh.......also your still a newcomer yourself, your not really in a position to call anyone else new or expect anything too major. doesn't sound so bad to me you only have 4 months training and you got caught.....allot of crazy stuff happens with beginners grappeling. And I thought you said you were good? you only have 4 months, I cant see someone being good so ecstatic about locking in a gogoplata.....
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post #24 of 24 (permalink) Old 01-22-2009, 04:31 PM
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I love rolling newbies they bring something different to the table and can often get you off guard.
Just take your time and remember your new yourself the best people in your class didn't get there over night.
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