I passed my certification this morning. Test took me all of 18 minutes. Pfft. But I still ended up missing work for most of the morning, by the time I drove down there and back. So now I have the certification that says I can do my job. Heh.
I had to tape the crap out of one of my big toes today. Apparently I injured it in that roll last night, and today it hurt to walk on. Had to tape it up before leaving this morning. Had to tape it up even more by class time. And then every time I needed to push off with that toe, especially for shrimping or alligators, that toe kept slipping off from under me. Thaaaaanks… Doesn’t hurt as much now, which is a good sign.
Fundamentals Class, BJJ
Kaila is back in town for good; he’s been down at Hybrid Training Center in Virginia Beach for a while.
Warmup to start class. Toe slippage. Also, trying to shoot on the stupid side. Yeah, it’s still remarkably stupid. (And it’s so far behind because it was previous sprained, and so couldn’t be shot on for a very long time.)
Then partnered up for a bump sweep variation. Later added turning immediately for the armbar from mount. Then, just to mess with us, Tim had us do armbar from guard for a while and then switch back to the previous, just to see if we’d get confused. Drilled with Bobby.
Another warmup, pretty much identical to the first. More toe slippage and stupid side shooting.
Rolling. With Bobby, Rob, and TR. Rolling with TR is like rolling with a glacier — he’s solid and moves slow, lol.
Drilling was two of the chokes from Draculino’s seminar, the ones I called “From double-leg grab” and “gi guillotine” (basically the same thing, though you step to opposite sides). And somehow I ended up with the biggest guy in the room. I did try to switch partners — because it wasn’t going to be very productive for either of us (me, because he’s so big, and him, because I’m so small) — but we were waved off to drill together. Difficult: for me because he was so barrel-chested that my arms could scarcely get around far enough, and for him because I had to ask him to ease up & had to tap well before he could really finish.
Rolling again, with drilling partner, of course. (The third reason I’d tried to switch drilling partners. I knew that would happen.) Didn’t get the same impression as from the guy last night; still, he probably had 100lbs on me and was fond of flinging things and of grabbing & squeezing. Round was a lot of trying to keep guard of some kind, working on grips and such (read this post today and it’s been rattling around in my head. Especially the part about kittens, lol.). I did actually try to sweep him a few times, which was like trying to nudge a large mountain. That lasso leg did well for me, probably because he had no clue what it was and was unsure about which direction to move, though I couldn’t get the sweep or the omoplata. I also had a little fun with grabbing the end of his gi and sticking my foot in the middle and using that kind of like a spider guard, which freaked him out when I was moving his arm without touching it; he had to stop and look around and figure it out.
But then there was a big enough fling that I couldn’t recover guard from (I’d tried to throw a triangle on him — which is actually it’s own nice digression in both this roll and in yesterday’s, and that’s that I wasn’t just defending and waiting out rounds but was actually attacking some — even though, on reflection, his shoulders are probably too broad for me to actually attempt a triangle on), so turtled, then went right to half guard and tried to come out the back door (but dear goodness, he’s big! I couldn’t reach), and he exploded through to side control and attempted to apply the Redneck Headlock. I tried the escapes several times each, though all I seemed to manage to do was to get his weight more solidly on my chest, until I couldn’t breath and couldn’t move any further. And so had to tap to large man sitting on my ribs. Dang it. More round after that, though.
Theresa and her dad stopped in between classes. She may be able to start training again. They’ve had some issues, and she had to stop right after getting her orange belt.