F-sensei also has a board with a polaroid of everyone on it. He has recently upgraded to a larger board because we just got 2 new members in the white belt ranks. One is another judoka, no suprise there, and the other used to train for at Bonsai Jiu Jitsu which is owned by the famous Souza brothers. He actually turned up for training and I got to spar with him at the end. I watched him previously and thought he was quite good and would probably need to not give him any slack. The first thing I did was drop seio-nage him and establish far side armbar from knee-on-belly. I expected him to put up more of a fight and so half-way through the round slowed it down a bit to work escapes from him. In the past I have been very passive with new white belts and as a result had my balls crushed, burst lip etc. I've changed my approach so that now I take top and dominate until I feel comfortable enough with them to let them play their own game.
There were also 3 guys came to sit in on class. When they left Tete told me that they were 3 blue belts from a different club wanting to sign up. In fact they did at the end of the night. One of them I was told is very strong and threw one of our guys in a tournament with very little effort even though our guy is really heavy and no slouch at judo. Something to look forward to.
At the end of class, I stayed for about 40 minutes. Asking about Darce and North South chokes. I also drilled a Lockdown escape because, to be honest, I hate the Lockdown. We only have one white belt do it but it always puts pressure on my bad knee. I used to use it as a white belt but personally prefer a traditional half-guard now with a knee shield.
We have a lot of members now and things are looking really good for the club. In fact looking at the board of members, we have a ton of white, half as much blue, then just a handful of purple and brown with F and K-sensei who are black. I think that is a good mix of chiefs and indians.
Sparring time: 7 x 6 mins = 42 mins