Hot again and only a few people at the dojo tonight. Me and Atsushi-kun. He managed to hurt his elbow while sparring so that cut out significant sparring drills we could do. Takeuchi, a small blue belt guy, came later on and joined sparring for only a short while. He has not been regular for a long time and gasses fast. In the 6 minute round he asked each of us 3 minutes into the round to spar but only for a short time. I think there are a couple of things going on in his head. 1. He is out of shape 2. He doesn't want to be dominated 3. If he spars for only a short time his survival chance is better. It is the wrong way to train. He should train the full 6 min round and not give a shit about whether he gets tapped or dominated or not. We are his training partners and he should feel comfortable losing to us in the dojo which is a safe environment. When I sparred with him I tried an airplane throw which didnt work so I switched to half guard. I should have known it but he went for an ezekiel choke. I tried to sweep but it was locked in. I totally forgot to use the escape where you bring your arms over your head and down to break his grip - doh. Koyama-san told me about it later and I felt annoyed with myself for forgetting it. We stood up and continued, I threw him with an ashi-barai and eventually ended up in S-mount and took the armbar.
I seem to have a problem with my jaw. It sort of pops out to the side (almost dislocating) when I am put in a choke while my mouth is open and breathing heavily. That happened during the Ezekiel choke and it concerned me enough to lose all track of what I was doing. My jaw feels tender this morning. Something I think I am crazy at 38 years old to be rolling around doing BJJ. I have to say though that I would miss it so much if I quit. I do have thoughts about quitting now and again. I think we all do. But I can also see myself doing BJJ for life because it is such a great way to relieve stress and keep fit.
At the end of class Koyama showed me a self-defense guillotine escape and a leg lock. Both of which I asked him to show me. He is very easy to approach with questions. A sign of a good instructor.