Internet went down for like 3 days so I'll do some catchup.
Warmup with scissor sweep and its alternative. Techniques today were kimura from guard and the traditional hip bump sweep, both of which I don't need to go over. Then we also did a hip bump sweep that we use when they're leaning more forwards...reach with one arm under their nearest hand to grip the sleeve of the further away hand. The sweep is less technical and more of a sneaky move, it's meant to be done with your back flat on the mat, get the grip, and then explode fast, keeping our hips lower than a typical hip bump sweep and turning your chest to the mat for momentum. Then after that we did another hip bump sweep variant that's somewhere inbetween the height of the traditional hip bump and the low one. The grip for this one is reaching across and cupping the back of their elbow. There's lots of things you can do with this grip, so they shouldn't know you're hip bumping until they're being hit with it. Gerbil also showed us to have a collar grip, then reach over to the other collar to threaten the choke, then cup the elbow and hip bump sweep. I'll work on these variants because the hip bump used to be my bread and butter but is almost impossible to land out here. Did decently in rolling.
Typical warmup. Technique was from the butterfly guard. Taking the back and rolling to mount. The back take from butterfly is to take one underhook and hold at the belt, lifting high at the elbow. Other hand grips their other sleeve and pulls it in. Shrimp out to the underhook side, popping your head out the back of the underhooked armpit, using the belt grip pull up to put hooks in. The mount take from butterfly guard starts gripping at the pant legs outside their knees, pull them deeper into the butterfly guard to get some lift. Then once again underhook a side at the belt, and again trapping the other sleeve and pulling in. Then use the feet to lift, driving the underhooked elbow and the corresponding leg up high as you pull on the other side. My butterfly guard sucks, but I'm going to make a note to try these the next time I get to roll with a white belt. We drilled from the open guard where the bottom is trying to sweep and the top is trying to pass. I got paired up with a good sized Brazilian blue and swept him once with the kick the knee out variant of the scissor sweep. He didn't pass me =)
In rolling I rolled Gerbil and definitely tapped at least once, don't recall what. I give him some resistance at least. Same with Dennis, the black belt that runs the house for us here. He got me with a collar choke from his half guard that frustrated me a bit. He also got me in an armbar from mount but gave me shit for tapping before it was extended. He'd rather I try the escape, which felt pretty pointless when a black belt has your your naked arm in an armbar, but I'll at least attempt a last ditch escape next time. Also got to roll with Raphael, the Brazilian purple that's supposed to be a brown, the one I described as akin to Jacare earlier. I gave him a good positional fight but he eventually got on my back. I defended well for a minute or two but eventually succumbed to a bow and arrow choke. Near the end of the round I actually passed his guard with a tackle pass, and basically had him mounted, with just one ankle trapped when the time was up. I think I'm slowly getting more resiliant to the onslaught...good class. I got to watch Dennis tap another black belt with a twister.
I weighed myself with my lighter gi on today and I'm 2 kilos over my weight class. Everyone went out to Burger King, which is ******* awesome in Brazil by the way, and I'm here alone eating whole wheat pasta. I put some icy hot type stuff on a few joints directly after showering after class tonight...BAD IDEA. I don't know if it's the sun I got today, or that I had just finished BJJ class and my sweat pores were open, but it felt like chemical burns all over my body. I'll wait next time. I'm a bit behind on my DVD watching...I watched Saulo's half guard, and half of side control. I'll finish the side control and
get started on the guard one tonight.
Warmup with scissor and hip bump sweeps. Techniques today were based around the armbar from guard. The basic armbar, same side arm grabs the arm you're attacking at the sleeve, far arm feeds under their other arm and clamps at the elbow of arm you are attacking. Same side foot as the arm you're attacking goes to their hip, knee tight to their shoulder. Bridge up with the hips, then bring your other leg up and around the corner of their shoulder. A hand pushes against the side of their face to lift the first leg from the hip to the side of their head. Don't cross you're feet or Gerbil will have you doing pushups. From there we learned the stack defense. The free hand reaches under the arm being attacked, palm down on their far shoulder. Closest knee goes the the side of the head, the other leg pops up to a foot and stays tight to their butt. The free arm that is on their shoulder grabs at their knee, driving your shoulder down and your elbow into their throat. Using only your arm and not torquing the rest of your body, slowly yank the threatened arm free in small jerking motions. Once free, that hand goes to the knee while the other drives through their legs to flatten them out into side control. We drilled these all class. I wasn't going to roll but Gerbil wanted to film himself doing some rounds so I volunteered to do one. I got to practice swallowing my ego as he swept me and tapped me with a collar choke from half guard in like 20 seconds. Awesome. It sucks, but at least one of my biggest weaknesses isn't really applicable in MMA. Another downside is that somehow in my shortlived roll with Gerbil today I hurt my ******* shoulder again. It was just starting to feel strong again, but there it goes. I'll nurse it tonight, unsure if I'm doing the Brazilian class. I'll end the entry on a high note, I somehow lost like two kilos over night and am right on target for the tournament. Need to be 94.3 kilos and I was 94.2.
Missed Gringo class today...we had a late one last night and a long commute back to the house this morning. Karaoke was good. Didn't get a chance to sing because the line up to get one stage was huge but had a good time anyways. Imagine the karaoke room in Lost in Translation but pack 100 Brazilians into the room. Fun stuff.
Warmup. Technique was a sweep from spider guard. Basically just lifting at one arm, and chopping at the knee ala a scissor sweep with your other leg to roll to mount. We did guard pass drills starting from spider guard and I got ******* owned. For example, in the first ten seconds a black belt almost swept me, but I managed to balance out and then he was in a belly down armbar. I almost passed a brown belts guard but no such luck. In rolling I just rolled Gerbil who could have kimurad me but showed mercy because he knows my shoulder is messed. Other than that I managed to survive the round with him. Good class.