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Old 06-10-2010, 07:52 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Its been a few months since i started training

I joined an mma class which went pretty bad. I would just get ****ed up alot so I decided to wait on that.

I then enrolled into good ol' gracie jiu jitsu and I've been picking up in it pretty quickly (even though I'm having trouble making time to make it to class at least twice a week).

I recently pulled off my first arm bar against a blue belt in my class. (in his defense he is way older than me and he was prolly pretty winded...it's kinda shitty cause most the students my size are way older)

I feel bad that i rarely make it twice a week and the last two weeks I've had bronchitis so i haven't seen the gym for a while.

I was wondering if everyone else feels a little bit on autopilot when they are rolling? Like with that blue belt, I rolled out of a submission for the first time seemingly automatically to avoid something he was doing that put pressure on my left arm. and then when i pulled off the arm bar it just happened. I can't even remember how.

I feel like i would be a better grappler if I could be more clear minded.

how can I do this?
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Old 06-10-2010, 12:58 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Dont worry about the whole ordeal about them being bigger and heavier just stay focused as believe me I am just a bit bigger than Aoki at 150 lbs at 16. Now when you are talking about being clear focused if you mean in a sense focused and more prepared and actually thinking about doing that can be pretty tough to get used too. Personally since its the summer I start training earlier in the morning that I usually would so what I do is right when I wake up I think what I have to do and try my absolute best not to think about anything else.

To clear my mind I just think about what I have to do in class right since I wake up and usually Ill just go for a 1.5 mile run and do some yoga to relax my muscles then Im off to train.

But in some sense I can relate to you like if a friend grabs me as a joke I basically automatically set up my arms to their shoulder or pits to take them down without even thinking about it or noticing it, same way sometimes with me when I train you just don't know what you do and if you train a lot, or do the same drill or move over and over(I assume your a white belt) you will get used to it as your limited so when the time comes you may just pull it off and be surprised. Personally I can't even explain how I feel when I spar or compete with anyone, if its in class or even in a tourny.

Best of luck man!
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Old 06-22-2010, 01:19 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I was wondering if everyone else feels a little bit on autopilot when they are rolling? Like with that blue belt, I rolled out of a submission for the first time seemingly automatically to avoid something he was doing that put pressure on my left arm. and then when i pulled off the arm bar it just happened. I can't even remember how.

I feel like i would be a better grappler if I could be more clear minded.

how can I do this?
Roll more, train more, practice more, drill more.

Yeah I know those are basically all almost the same thing.
That autopilot is just you recognizing what is coming at you and reacting in a way you have practiced to get out and counter it. The more time you put into training the smoother rolling gets and the more things you recognize and counter.

Eventually it breaks down to chess on the mat, as soon as you start you being playing out what techniques your partner will throw at you and how he will set it up and you will play out how you will counter and setup your subs on him then how he will counter etc. It all becomes "counter, counter, counter, counter, counter, gotcha!" At least thats how it is for me.
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