|Tsurumai dojo mat|
|A photo used to promote jiu-jitsu at the new dojo (old dojo shown). Guess the technique being shown.|
We worked on a warmup/stretch at first but it seemed kind of archaic in nature. Something I used to do when I did Karate when I was 13. Static stretches are so 1980s. I'd prefer K-sensei to make us do BJJ specific drills. We moved onto closed guard drills next. Whenever I drill with Fuji from closed guard I can never get my legs around his waist because he is like a big keg of beer. I could not connect my legs over his shoulder for the high guard armbar either.
We moved onto the knee on belly sequences which I saw on Tuesday. Again this lesson was a recap for me but involving tech I really like. Knee on the belly is not just a great BJJ position it is also great for self-defence. If you get an attacker into this position they are screwed.
During sparring the first thing I noticed was how easy it was to slide on the mats. This made escaping easy and in my opinion gave an unfair advantage to anyone on the bottom. Lucky me because most of my game is bottom now. I tried to play more open guard with Fuji-san but we always end up in closed guard. I think he pushes himself into it to get the Tozi pass. His main attacks are grab the pants if I am sitting and use bullfighter pass, or wait until he is in my guard and use the Tozi pass. I also sparred with Fumika (K-sensei's wife), she is so nimble and I try so hard not to use strength but I have to grab her so hard sometimes otherwise she slips away or transitions fast.
I will definately try to make a trip to Tsurumai once a month just for the fun of working out in a different environment.
Sparring time: 6 x 6 mins = 36 mins
Notable moments: Almost getting K-sensei in a twisting armbar from close guard. I reaped in his elbow as he tried to break my guard, shrimped to my left and was about to get his arm when he somersaulted forward to escape. Later he said my legs were too loose and it gave him space to escape otherwise I could have had him.
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