We went over guard passing using our knees to fold in the opponent's knees. I'm not too good at it and it doesn't come easy to me this type of passing. I try but generally fail to use any because I have been shown too friggin many variations that by the time I try to do one they are all a muddle in my head. I'm slowly figuring out one or two that I might use but they aren't concrete in my head yet.
Omiyagi-san (sp?) was there today. He likes to come hard at me because I think he feels he is about ready for promotion to blue, which he is. His escapes are getting much better, it was quite a suprise to see him move so well on the ground. I almost got a nice choke I've been working on from side mount where I use my own lapel and spin forward to finish. Sparring with Tete who is a brown belt I caught him with an achilles tendon leg lock which was cool. I was like "No way," "I got lucky I guess" and he just said that it was good and that he thought he could reverse the situation by leg locking me before the pain got too unbearable. I have up until now never submitted him even once. I guess I am on a roll now. I realize though that submitting a higher grade than me in class means nothing. Doesn't mean I am better than him. They kick my arse on a regular basis anyway. However, what it does mean to me is that the technique I applied worked correctly. If it didn't then they would not have tapped. This gives me a great indicator as to which techniques I should be using to either finish a fight or apply in competition to win. The ones that work on higher belts should work on people of my own grade right?
F-sensei was encouraging me during sparring to give no space when attacking. It enforces into my head that jiu-jitsu is a game of space. You and your opponent are constantly battling to either make space or take it away. At it's heart that is what I believe jiu-jitsu is and to master that ability is the best thing you can do.
Sparring time: 5 x 6 = 30 mins
Notable moments: Yoshida catching me with a really nice spider sweep that he did immediately. No hesitation after moving into the guard. That is what I must aim for.