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Goals 2011, #1

on January 3, 2011

Working on (at least once per roll):

  1. Prevent the pass. (Half guard does not count!)
  2. Armbars.
  3. Transition: scissor sweep to bump sweep.

Thinking about:

  • Feeling the moment.
  • Hips down.
  • Keep moving!

Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. — James 1:2-4

List of Techniques for later: armdrags, guillotines, defending the back, no one gets on my back,
List of Thinking for later: Posture. Bones. Alignment. (Un-alignment in opponent.); attacking during transitions,


8 responses to “Goals 2011, #1

  1. @ Leslie – Nice short list. Beautiful quote. Thanks for the mini WordPress lesson.

  2. leslie says:

    @Jodi: Thanks! I just realized that the technique portion actually fits together, lol. I didn’t do that on purpose. 😛

  3. @ leslie – about “Posture. Bones. Alignment. (Un-alignment in opponent.)” Can you elaborate on that? The Alignment / Un-alignment in opponent sounds very important. 🙂

  4. leslie says:

    @Jodi: Something I’ve been thinking on, especially with all the chiropractic work I’ve had done and in talking to Ray, who trains with us and is a chiropractor, too. Not sure I really know how to describe it well. It’s still nebulous.

    Basically, trying to think of getting my skeleton in to the game. I think I strain with my muscles more than needed to hold positions because my skeleton — and particularly my spine — is bent and twisted all around instead of straight and braced. And so, of course, my opponent will be weak and straining when I can move their spine out of alignment.

    A simple example is the bow-and-arrow choke we did tonight. When my wrist is straight, it’s a better choke and less strain for me. And Justin made that point, of course; he’s big on simple structural alignment details that make everything easier. Or passing half guard — that’s definitely a time when I want to arch my opponent’s spine sideways so they’re less able to defend.

    Basically, I want to try to x-ray a technique and find out what structure in my body or theirs can make it easier for me and more miserable for them, instead of relying just on following the steps of the technique.

    It’s just something I want to keep in mind when I’m rolling. I don’t have any specific ideas about how to do it really. I want to be more aware of my skeleton 😛

  5. My family has a genetic anomaly called familial loose joint syndrome. This sounds like something that would help me. When I was a little tot, I was taught to be aware of body alignment before going to sleep. But after your post, I think I should do it in BJJ. Do you think Dr Ray or Dr Tom could do a guest post about it?

  6. Megan says:

    Love the verse…

    I have to ask, what’s “hips down” mean?

  7. leslie says:

    @Jodi: Actually, I’m generally explaining it to Ray, lol, as “anti-chiropractic care.”

    @Megan: Justin pointed out the other day that I’m trying to drive too far forward, and so my hips are coming up higher because my knees are still back. And so he was sweeping me with ease. He said I need to work on keeping my hips down and not giving up so much space under them.

  8. Megan says:

    Not giving up space…that’s my great nemesis. Closing up the holes man…closing up the holes.

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