K-sensei took the lesson and both Fuji-san and I are now regulars at the Tsurumai dojo. Omiyagi-san came for his first time at the new place. He is I guess a 1 year white belt and goes balls to the walls. I've noticed that it seems to be a curse that white belts who are gagging to move up to the next belt will never go easy during sparring. From observations I have made I think those that take their time, think about the moves, try a new technique and generally relax while rolling. Tap fast, clap hands and get on with the roll are the ones who advance their game more.
I purposely put myself in side control during sparring with Fuji-san who caught me last week in side control for what seemed like a good 3 minutes but was probably half that amount. After researching a bit through books and video clips I discovered a gem on Youtube that really helped. It worked for me extremely well and I ended up quickly back in buttefly guard but was unable to complete a sweep. His comment about doing all 3 moves at once was particularly helpful.
Sparring time: 6 x 6 mins = 36 mins
Notable momemts: Having a plan for side control escape and succeeding with it. Getting into X-guard from opponent standing closed guard.