|How I felt all night.|
About 13 plus people came to class, which is unheard of on Friday. Usually those numbers come on Saturday night. 1 black, 3 brown, 2 purple, 4 blue, 3 white was something like the breakdown of it. I sparred quite a bit and finished going against F-sensei who tooled me around like a rottweiler with an old chewing ball. I felt very strong during sparring until I ran out of gas at the end. I tried to stand as long as possible with everyone and pulled guard only once when my arms tired out from gripping while standing. I constantly control the inside and block any attempt they have to recover their grips. The only thing is that I cannot throw even with dominant grips - I'm sure this will come with time and sensitivity like I have on the ground.
At the end of class, one of the smaller brown belts, who has been away for 2 years was looking to practice a few moves so I asked him if he wanted to pair up and try a few things. This is what we did, nogi;
Single leg x 10
Double leg x 10
Arm drag to hip lock takedown x 10
Flying triangle with crash mat x 10
If I do these takedowns after every lesson I'm sure it is going to help me improve takedown. I'd like to add some throw in there too.
I can't explain why this was the best lesson so far. I guess it was the length and how much stuff I packed into the lesson. I had lots of energy so much that I felt like I was buzzing. I kept wondering when it would wear off and actually felt that I had an unfair advantage using Assault over the other guys there. Also, in the back of my mind was maybe this is just a placebo effect but even if it is, I'll still take that over lethargic body and groggy mind.
Sparring time: 8 x 6 mins = 48 mins