We focused on guard passes from standing last night. Starting by gripping both knees of the opponent and circling the legs to the inside of his. We were taught a cross legged pass and the sliding pass which are considered basic but I am not so great at. If I could do the 2 passes we were shown and do them well I guess I would not need anything else. In my opinion, they do require quick movement and a good balance because more often than not the guy on bottom will be pulling at your arms or lapel to unbalance you. For the final technique F-sensei also showed what to do when the guy on bottom stops you from rotating the leg by hooking his leg around your knee. I can only describe it as a DelaRiva hook with the opposite leg. Perhaps even a little bit like a spiral guard hook. I will write the tech in my notes this week because it was a good counter that had me flip forward and take the back.
I used the balance ball for a time while watching the guys sparring. Quite depressing actually so I went home early after getting tired of feeling sorry for myself. It is interesting to watch the other folks sparring, and I mean really watch them with a critical eye. I think it is good to watch and think "What would I do now in that situation?" "How would I escape?" Kawai-san (purple belt) talked to me a little. I don't know if he understands me well because he is deaf and has to read my lips. Maybe it is hard to read the lips of a foreigner speaking Japanese. He told me that he had busted both his knees. His ACL took 6 months to heal. I was wide-eyed at that but he did say he sparred when it was sore so there you go.