|Dmitri's brain x-rays are in!|
F-sensei showed us techniques from butterfly guard against a kneeling opponent. The thing is, it's very rare someone will come onto their knees to work on passing. Most guys at our gym stand to pass. I like to pass on the knees because I use over-under pass a lot. The sweep where you are in the dog-fight position (I think Eddie Bravo calls it this) and tuck under him, grab his leg and roll to end up in side control or top half-guard is worth doing more as well as being fun.
I sparred a bit but was very careful of my injury. I even tried the twister side control to try and take the back but messed it up because I don't lock the legs down enough. It's frustrating. I did ok against another purple belt considering he is younger and has a judo background (hell the all do over here). I stood with him and kept inside lapel grip at all times. It was surprisingly easy to block him from coming inside to dominate the grips. I screwed up though. I had the dominant grip but not the arm, he let go, and for some reason so did I and we reset. I should have attacked at that moment. He then went to grip my lapel and I tried to strip it and he threw me with seio-nage but I rolled to turtle. I was not only slow at intercepting the lapel grip because I think my hands are too low, like a boxer with his hands by his side I am vulnerable, but when I tried to strip the grip I should have forced it down but I tend to do it away from my body horizontally and therefore expose my arm for a throw as happened. With that said, I now need to drill keeping my hands high to intercept grips and stripping straight down (lose my bad habit of punching out horizontally).
I also managed to hurt my leg a bit due to m own stupid fault. I used lasso spider and managed to smack my heel against the injured leg. I had to stop and let the pain diffuse for that one. Then continued sparring because I ain't no pussy...grr. I am contemplating not sparring for the next week or 2 to let it fully heal. Having to ice it every night after training is sucking donkey's nuts. I was disappointed to see a couple of guys sneak off home after only sparring a couple of rounds. I see this a lot particularly from blue belts who don't train often. It may be that they are busy, have to work, but I also suspect that there is hesitation to spar with some of the tougher white belts we have. I think sparring with the toughest guys at your gym is the best thing to do and the only way to improve.
Sparring time: 8 x 6 mins = 48 mins (1 round with Matt working escapes but damn was I so tired after getting up for Kettelbell at 6 am)