I hit on an idea for class today that changed the schedule around. The kids complained — but they always do — but I actually liked it. After the usual warmup, I had the oldest two, Theresa and Zack, go out on the mat, and then rotated everyone else through King of the Hill style, but with a 30-second time limit. First time through, everyone started in mount and had to submit, while Theresa and Zack had to get to guard. If either goal was accomplished, start over until time was up. Second time through, the roles were reversed. The kids fussed because those are the biggest two kids, but I put them out there because I trust both of them to not hurt the littler kids. I don’t trust the littler kids…
Then hitchhiker escape from armbar, which they did on me since they enjoy beating me up. I’d planned for another round of King of the Hill sparring, but by then we were already coming up on the close of class. So we ended with some ball sprawl and balancing drills, which they always like, too.
Seven kids tonight, but overall it went well. Some of that was because the dad of the twins & their sister called all three of them over and made them recite a little student creed that he’d concocted for his kids specifically for my class. The three of them were much better behaved. Also, in the other set of brothers, only one came; his brother was sick. So there wasn’t that sibling goofiness to deal with, either.
Came in at the start of drilling. Double-under counter to sweep, then kimura or armlock. Drilled for over 30 minutes. With Theresa.
Then rolling, and Tim moved me over with Scott and told Scott to keep the pace high. So spent the first part of the roll trying to get back on top (and not succeeding), and mostly under side control, too. Then after a RNC finished me, he settled back some and let me attack mostly from not-bottom. That’s sometimes called “top,” but here it really wasn’t. He had me outside most of the time, and I couldn’t close to get any pressure. The few times I did close in, he threatened to or did sweep me; again, no pressure. No stopping, either. 5-10 min roll. Well, shoot — I’m tired now.
On the wall. Shoot and sprawl (4 times! ugh.), alligators (hate), 5 alligators + 5 burpees (WTF?! That’s just mean!), shrimping, crab walk forward, crab walk backwards. I ended up last on most everything. Could only do one trip of the alligator + burpees (seriously, what you smoking? That’s not right in anyone’s book.). Then everyone finished the backwards crab walk when I still had a lap left. I did it anyway. Slow, and things hurt, but I am the most stubborn thing on the mat. (I know, this is doing nothing for my “resting.” I don’t care. Will finish.) Why this all so hard? Crap.
Scott talked to me afterwards. He said to watch for when someone fails on a submission. At that moment, attack. Drive to get on top.
Even after a meeting with the overseas team this morning, and even after adding “must match exactly” in the test, they still passed a test where the message did not match. At least they were helpful and wrote out the incorrect message so we could find it… but they still passed it. *headdesk*