So, on to training. I got to Tsurumai last night early to drill a few things with Dmitri. It's good to have a training partner who is enthusiastic about drilling. I know it's the only way I am going to get better at grappling. Throwing techniques at me and hoping they will stick after a few reps does not work for me. I should probably be proactive and record the shown technique on my tablet PC. I may even have to get nerdy like Mark Laimon and categorize the techniques in a library so I have a better idea of what to do in specific situations. I will start with making a library of escapes to improve since that is a big weakness for me. Before that though, I want to prepare a specific drill set. Something like a 10 min continous BJJ orientated drill to both warm up the body and increase muscle memory for technique.
Since I was recoverying from a cold I did not expect my stamina to be high. It wasn't but I did ok though but was not engaging my brain enough to get correct grips and move smoothly to the best technique for that moment. Some errors I made:
- Riding too high in top side control so was easily reversed by Yuuki
- Not keeping my elbows in enough so got triangled by Akira
- I should have used the leg trap escape from the armbar attempt from Yuuki
- Not having an answer to berimbolo sweep, when things go upside down its hard to work out where best to move
- I need more ideas when triangling a strong opponent and they defend with a frame and tuck their head to stack pass me on one side. This often happens with Fuji, Miura, Yuuki and as it did last night with Dmitri.
I see a lot of guys at the gym use the same move over and over again, caught in side control? ok no problem, I'll make the guy move this way then I will use this escape. Yuuki shrimps makes you move forward to catch up then pushes you over on the momentum, Akira does the same but prefers to switch to half-guard with a butterfly hook and then sweep, I need something like this. I have a lot of technique in my head but have yet to sort it into "go-to-moves". The only thing I have down concrete now are spider guard with lasoo hook, sitting guard with a front hook and knee shield sweeps. I'm very proficient with many of these but don't seem to force the roll to end up in these positions. Maybe I should. It's best to stick with what you know. But I like to try other things. I wish I was more like water and less like stone or even mud. Maybe I need to relax more during rolls to achieve this.
Sparring time: 7 x 6 mins = 42 mins