BJJ Grrl

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Back and froth

on January 27, 2014

Here’s how awake I was this morning: got to the academy and stopped in the bathroom; got agitated when I couldn’t find the zipper on my gi pants…

Warmup, little more than usual. Forwards/backwards rolls, ugh, so early. Then partnered up for half-guard drilling, any sweep to pass to submission. Um… what’s half guard again? Two rounds, since Andrew decided we were all too tired/not thinking/slow on the first round. (We were.)

Drilling — new topic is side control/knee on belly. Started with a discussion of what a good side control looks like and the basics of movement/maintaining. Partnered up to work being heavy and changing sides (while still being heavy) without hands. Then the same, but now they bridge in to you. Still no hands. That one was far more awkward — step, hip, switch — and brain and body were not getting it. Then hip switching on one side while staying heavy.

Partnered up to roll, but starting from side control. (I was confused about whether it was only positional sparring, i.e., should I be only trying to work in side control or could I go to anything else. I’m always confused by these, though.) Two half-rounds, with each person starting once on bottom.


Over the weekend one of my friends from Richmond was awarded his black belt. Keith has always taken the time to give me “little people” advice whenever he sees me (he is also little), and he’s coached me at tournaments when no one else could. Congrats, Keith!

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