Tuesday, 13 August 2013
On the Mat Day 398: Obon Club Gathering
There were quite a few black belts, two of which I asked to spar because I've not had the chance in the past. Nomura-sensei, a friend of my instructor, was very heavy with pressure passing on me. It was the first time I've sparred with him and he has a similar style to my instructor having learned from Marco Barbosa.
It was hard to get a constant flow of sparring done because there were so many people on the mats and many of them know each other so its easier for them to go ask for a roll. I'm usually passive and wait on the side lines for someone to roll but I got tired of waiting. At the end I sparred with a highly competitive blue belt who caught me in a triangle twice which I escaped but damn if I didn't feel stupid. I know its a hole in my game which I have not fixed for so long, simply because most guys at my dojo play top and I seldom go against good guard players. I kind of wish I could train at other schools now again like Teo who is a black belt and seems to wander around dojos training.
Anyway, it was an interesting night and I learned a couple of things and felt a lot of glaring weaknesses.