It's nice to get back to the gym and train with the guys without the pressure of a competition. A few of them congratulated me on my victory. Funnily enough, I don't feel like I did anything special. Thoughts run in my head that probably I was not the best guy in my category that day. Perhaps one of the guys had an injury, maybe the other hadn't slept well or was sick recently. Who knows. I just think that when you win, it involves a little luck. 5 mins for senior category goes fast and one slip can cost you a match. I guess I just need to win more competitions to truly feel that I deserve it.
F-sensei showed us some butterfly based sweeps last night. I've seen some before and should use them more but I only ever get the chance versus big guys and they usually crush me to the floor. A lot of guys turned up to Tsurumai which surprised me since attendance was zero last week.
During sparring I mostly relaxed and rolled. Thinking to mimic the mindset of Gunnar Nelson. Not force anything and just flow around obstacles. I heard that Rickson Gracie actually went up to Gunnar during a competition and told him how he liked his jiu-jitsu - now that is some praise. That's like even better than getting your black belt for sure. Not that I'd know yet.
Sparring time: 7 x 6 mins = 42 mins
Notable moments: My escapes are getting better from side control just through drilling.
Things I noticed:
1. When I pass over under, the opponent uses his free leg over my shoulders to block my progress and pull his bottom leg through to re-guard. I need to counter this. Maybe by pinning his bottom leg with crossed legs and switch to a stacking pass.
2. Many of the guys escape my back mount by pinning my bottom arm and turning into me. I need to counter this better and tie it in with an attack.
Check out this video of Lloyd Irving explaining micro-transitions. It is a real eye-opener.