Evil in the morning

Two nights of staying up way too late made this morning pretty much evil.

Four of us plus Andrew this morning, which is big for a morning class recently. Warmup, and Andrew didn’t like us for some reason and had lots of evil things worked in. Then rolling to warm up, which I think most people do not understand. It does not mean that you clamp and hold for a whole round just so you can say you didn’t get swept or passed. Srsly. (Hint: warmup round means “move.” Also means “relax.”) Rounds went white, blue, white. On the last, since it was 2 sets of blue vs. white, we blues had to start/restart in a disadvantageous position; my partner chose to start in side control every time.

Then Andrew showed us some tips for passing half guard involving always threatening a submission (guillotine, far-side armbar); then when they have to react to that, you can pass. Instead of drilling, went to specific sparring from half guard. Top had to pass; bottom, sweep or submit. Then switched top & bottom and repeat. Switched partners once.

A short drill on recovering the underhook for both the top and bottom player, involving cross-facing, which turned out to be fairly evil when done correctly. Then one last full sparring round.

2 thoughts on “Evil in the morning

  1. The warm-up thing is annoying. I work technique without using strength and I roll with any sweeps or submission attempts. I don’t why some people have no idea what a “nice, relaxed, easy warm-up roll” is.

    1. “…and I roll with any sweeps or submission attempts.”

      Yeah, that’s the difference right there. They’re afraid of being swept or submitted at any point, so they fight them as hard as they can. I often let things go in warmup rounds because trying to stay with it is just going to end with us stuck there. (Sometimes it takes me a bit to remember that it’s a warmup round because my partner is going so hard and I find myself matching their intensity.)

      I think being able to roll properly in a warmup round is indicative of lots of important things — relaxing, breathing, focusing on technique, not focusing on winning all the time, being able to modulate your intensity, being in control. I usually know someone is getting close to blue because he suddenly makes the leap to being able to do warmup rolls properly.

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