The sparring session last night was particularly brutal for me, both because of the high humidity which sucks the life right out of my British cold climate-loving self, and that I am coming off an injury and my stamina is not the best it could be. My knee is about 90% right now but I am not confident enough to play half-guard with it, which is a strong area for me. I am mostly playing open guard and trying to prevent all passes. Last night, a small satisfaction was the number of times I inverted out of a dangerous position. The problem is I am getting stuck in armbars when I play open guard. The opponent passes and immediately gets a good hold on my arm and then drops to an armbar as I try to invert or I cannot twist around back to guard because they have a good hold on my arm. I think maybe I expose the arm by fending them off for too long. I would like to record a sparring session on video and play it back to critique. I think that would help me get better.
On Monday we had a belt ceremony where Kato and Kawai got their blue and brown belts respectively. There was also a promotion to black belt for a guy from the Grip club in Mie. Sadly, I don't know the guy but he started in 2002 and then went to Brazil with F-sensei (my instructor).
|Kato-san and his new blue belt. Congrats!|
Kato-san was back for his first lesson last night wearing his shiny new blue belt. We sparred twice and he caught me in an armbar then a choke the 2nd time when I turned the wrong way. He's a strong guy and I have to work hard to stop him passing. When I attempt triangles or sweeps, he defends really well. His background in Sumo helps his base a lot.
Sparring time: 5 x 6 mins = 30 mins
Notable moments: Inverted guard to triangle finish!