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Thursday, September 16, 2010

on September 16, 2010

I forgot last night, I got the Galvao roll warming up! But he says it’s a 360-degree roll. I can only get 90 degrees. Hmm. And then I tried it again tonight, and couldn’t figure it out again. Doh.

I got about 30 minutes of loosening up and drills. Pulled BOB down and tried to drill armbars from mount on him, but it doesn’t work too well because he doesn’t have arms… And I kept landing on his shoulder stubs, which meant I couldn’t sit on the mat, which meant I kept pitching backwards. Oh, well, we’ll just pretend he’s trying to stack. Also did some knee-on-belly switching drills on him, and then some on the heavy bag using no hands.

Justin had to miss last night because of work, so he came in early tonight and wanted to roll. Thirty minutes of getting my butt kicked all over the cage. Awesome! 🙂 He let me set the pace, mostly, so we worked slower until we were warm, and then the last five or ten minutes were a bit faster.You know it’s a good roll when you can even have fun tapping. He let me work some passing the guard and half guard, knee-smash style, and then a bit on top. My base isn’t in the right place, though, because he could easily stiff-arm me and roll me off. Happened a couple of times, and I couldn’t quite figure it out. I got him in guard once on a restart; he postured up so I went for a bump sweep, only he wouldn’t let my arm come over, so I slid it on the far side of his neck and bumped anyway; when he posted back to stop the sweep, I went for the triangle Adam showed during morning classes a few months ago. He immediately postured up and I didn’t have a shot at finishing it, but he started laughing and laughing — he’d done that to me just a week or two ago. I like when I can remember things, even if I can’t quite do them yet. 😛

(Lots of smiley faces already. I had fun tonight. I don’t think I’ve had fun in a while…)

Then class. Warmup. Geez, oh Pete, I’m exhausted. Absolutely no energy. This is going to be a problem. At work today, we went out for an Italian buffet — nothing but carbs. My poor body didn’t have a chance; it’s not used to being overloaded like that. I had to drop to only one run on everything about halfway through. Weak sauce…

Partnered up to roll. With Theresa first. I’ve been trying all week to let her practice that armbar from mount, but I always end up getting myself to mount. Doh. Not too bright sometimes, eh? Tonight I finally managed to get her in mount, though it took getting a little stiffer on defense when she got to knee-on-belly; she likes that far-side armbar and will dig after that thing.

Then a round with a co-worker of Justin’s, Vitali (?). Seems like a nice guy, but he wanted to rip my head off. Meh. Strong, too, and intent on grabbing and squeezing. So I let him squeeze until he had to relax his arms for a moment, and then I’d move out. Figured out quickly that the bottom was no place to be, and so spent most of the round in mount. Hit the spinning armbar from there once. Came close to a few more armbars and triangles, but he was Hulking out on me (just the flexing and trying to crush me parts, not the full-on rage stage). Caught quite a few fingers and elbows to the face. *le sigh*

Drilling was a different side control escape that went through deep half. But my brain failed on deep half. I could get there, and then couldn’t for anything follow what Tim had shown or figure out how to sweep any other way. Brain went blank.

One more round, with Big John. Also fun. 😀 He got married back in July and has only recently started getting back in; and even he has said that he’s going too hard. But I figured he’d remember how to slow down if I rolled with him, and he did. We spent the first few minutes trading single legs from side control and deep half transitions, lol. (He said during drilling that he was rather annoyed that no one had ever shown him this before. He already likes it.) Then he worked around to my back, and I was defending for a good while. He rolled me over to flatten me out but crossed his ankles as he did, and I managed to catch that and finish it before he could choke me. We went back to trading side control and deep half transitions until Tim called out, “Three minutes!” Then he started cranking up the intensity. I had a moment of “Whoa!” because I’d forgotten how quick he is and heavy his pressure can be, but then caught back up and tried to match him. (Not that it worked too well — I was mostly just along for the ride, lol.)

I’d already planned to do kettlebell swings after class, and some of the guys stuck around and did some, too. I did 7 x 10 with the 20-lb kettlebell. (I thought it was 25 lbs. Not right.) I was a little stiff and sore today from the ones on Tuesday night.


Hillary Williams posted today about collecting gis to take the Brazil.

I think I had something else to say, but I’m yawning and my eyes are trying to close on their own. So, must be time for bed.

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