|Makoto Ogasawara of TBJJ Taiwan (bottom)|
F-sensei showed the scissor sweep variation he had learnt way back from the Rickson Gracie seminar and then some variations and even an omoplata which I did not think was possible. He ran through drills pretty fast because of so many people attending and the fact that some are entering a competition this weekend to let them get in lots of sparring time.
|Tadashi Murakami from Kyoto Purebred (top)|
Sparring with both Makoto and Tadashi was interesting. As with all black belts they are very conservative of their energy, preferring technique and good placement before muscle strength. Particularly Makoto. He usually takes bottom and has tremendous leg and arm strength even though he doesn't look very strong. I could not remove my foot from between his legs to pass half-guard. It was humbling. His movement on bottom is excellent but he seems to do it slow motion yet still apply the technique. Tadashi did not seem to be particularly strong as I watched him spar with other blue belts but like all black belts he had an answer to any move I made. This probably comes down to a profound familiarisation with all ground positions. Been there, seen that, done that. He seemed happy to let me work on whatever I could then shut me down when it got a little too close. I think he is a great example of the average guy who never gives up training BJJ and eventually achieved black belt.
Sparring time: 8 x 6 mins = 48 mins
Notable moments: X-guard to almost back on K-sensei, preventing Yoshida's spider guard sweeps, clutch-armbar from full guard.