Back to morning classes (again)

Went to see Dr. Tom last night. He broke his hand a few weeks ago in class. One of those freak thing — his hand got caught inside the other guy’s jacket, the other guy rolled over it, and crunch. They had just started the roll and weren’t going too hard yet. Spiral fracture. At least another 10 weeks out. He can still do his chiropractor thing (though he told me his wife is hinting strongly that he might need a different hobby. Yikes).

Dragged my sorry carcass out of the warm bed this morning, plied it with caffeine, shone bright lights in its face, and then hauled it off to morning class. Was glad of it once I got there, as it was only me and Andrew this morning. So after I got myself a little bit more woken up, we rolled. 35-40 min. First two from standing (I did attempt takedowns, but got nowhere), and then stayed on the ground. He stopped to point out things frequently.

  • In knee-on-belly — even in side control (and probably most top positions where I’m trying to control someone) — I need at least a second point of control because my weight alone is not much of a threat. When guys have a big size difference, they can get away with just using their weight because they have a lot of it to use. But I need an underhook, leg control, or something else for if/when they realize that it’s just my weight and try to move me. That secondary control, then, should give me the time to regain the position. He said he even has to do this with the bigger guys. And if someone does start turning in to me and I don’t have extra control, whizzer & sprawl hard.
  • Order of operations: when someone’s attacking something, that’s the first thing you need to pay attention to. Usually. Sometimes you need to first clear the one thing that’s blocking your escape. E.g., in north/south kimura, clear your head first, before trying to turn in any direction. Without your head, you can’t go as far.
  • Paying attention to what they’re not controlling — Obviously I can’t fight strength-on-strength; for example, if someone’s got my far-side arm from side control, I can’t just arm-wrestle to get it back. Instead, I need to use my whole body. Back to the far-side arm, for example, if he’s not controlling my hips, then I need to get my hips out and away and use that whole body rotation to get clear, instead of trying to come in to him as I was trying to do. (I did have at least somewhat of the right idea — I was thinking of using the rest of my body to get him to react — I just went entirely the wrong way.) If I have mobility in one direction because they’re not controlling me, don’t give that up.
  • Watch whizzering too deep when in top half. That just opens the Plan B sweep all day long. Instead, whizzer barely fist-deep, and then crunch down like a guillotine. Control without overcommitment. Also watch for the sweep when getting guillotined from top half, if they try to bring that second hand in around your arm.
  • Careful about pushing up when under mount. (I have no idea why I did that. I know better.) Push on hips. Pushing on hips also keeps elbows by the ribs, which prevents high/S-mount.
  • Omoplata escape — if rolling through doesn’t work, two options 1) immediately posture back up (bowling ball [escape? sweep? really none of the above]) so that I don’t get flattened or 2) if I can’t get back up, wedge my head under their near foot and come around the front (watch out for that triangle!). Also, on the former, if I do get back up, take my outside leg and swing back, around, and over. Highlight-reel-esque, but may be easier than trying to thread the leg inside (since there’s a lot of mass there).

Everything he pointed out, he also made sure to put me back in later during the roll so I could try it against (somewhat) live resistance.

There was more, but it’s all fuzzy right now. Hopefully I’ll remember more when I end up back in those positions. He did land in the Redneck Headlock position once (though he had a sneaky adjustment made that prevented the bridge); I asked if we could review the escape there (since I couldn’t get it working on Wednesday night). Works ridiculously easily when done right, even with a guy who outweighs me by 60lbs (Andrew is currently cutting down, so not as much disparity as normal.)

Throughout the roll, I was (not entirely consciously) working some holes I’ve noticed when rolling against Buddy since Buddy is the Triangle Man and has been hitting them on me from these positions. Buddy and I have even talked about all this before, so I was putting myself here to force myself to get the correct hand positioning. (I realized about half-way through class what I was doing, and then decided that it was worth continuing, as Andrew was letting me work there and catching mistakes.) Most of this involved going for the double-under pass. A few times, Andrew would fish an arm through and work something. Later he showed me what he was doing — something from Braulio Estima — and pointed it out as a good counter for the big wrestler dudes who just try to double-under and fling. Braulio is showing most of it in this video:

Then kimura, reverse armbar, or triangle to finish. We did them as the three stages after you pull their arm through: they leave it where it is, they rotate it around, or they pull it all the way across. Good to work, first, because of all the guys who try to fling me over and, second, because I do find myself here, even with the arm threaded through, and then can’t figure out which way to go.

Class tonight, and then I’m heading out to watch a high school football game (!!) with a friend. (Funnily enough, at my high school’s rival, though they’re not playing each other tonight. So I don’t know that I’ll be cheering for either team.) She’s in grad school, and she’s actually studying the amount of noise generated at these games; end result is to design high school stadiums that reduce the noise overflow, as high school stadiums are often built in or next to neighborhoods.


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