Sunday morning started with a group breakfast and round-table discussion. (See the previous write-up for what we probably covered.) Another Crossfit workout followed. I actually convinced myself to stay away, since even the little bit the previous morning had destroyed me for most of the day. All of us who had done it on Saturday were complaining about sore quads and being tired all day. Some of them were crazy enough to do it the second day, too, though.
The first session Sunday was gi or nogi, though most of us stuck with pajamas. To warm up, we reviewed all the techniques from the day before and drilled them quickly with a partner.Then we worked some passing.
Passing open guard
First one: Get a good grip on the fabric inside their knees. Push in a little to get them pushing back, and then slam their feet straight down to the mat (so their knees are still bent). As you take their legs down, step in between their legs as far as you can with one leg while stepping past their legs on the outside with the other. Drop the inside leg for the cut-through knee pass. Works even if they sit up.
Second one: From combat base, keep your elbows in and get a grip on one the fabric of one hip. Other elbow braces inside their other leg. Come up to both feet. Foot on side without the grip steps wide, going behind their knee and stepping around and forward, so their leg is flat and stretched out to the side. Other arm is keeping pressure so their hips can’t turn. Now cut-through knee pass.
At some point, we played another game. I didn’t catch the name. Similar in setup to Queen of the Hill, but with a twist. You and your partner would be rolling (keep going if there are any submissions or sweeps or anything). Then randomly, someone from the line will run in and start attacking one or the other of you. Doesn’t matter which. If you’re not being attacked, then you go back to the line. Hilarious. And you start scouting for the person in the best position to attack — exposed back, open knee-on-belly, etc. Generally you got attacked from behind or sat on.
I believe there was also some rolling after that (there was lots of rolling throughout the weekend), and then a break for lunch.
Sunday afternoon was a round-table discussion, an open mat/troubleshooting session, and then more discussion. I think many of us were starting to wilt at that point, so extra sitting and talking was a good thing. (Did I mention it was hot and humid? It was hot and humid. I’d take off my gi after rolling; the top would be soaked through, and there would be standing water on my arms. It. was. hot.)
(And you can tell I was wilting? — I can’t really remember anything.)
I can’t remember if we covered any technique at the beginning of the open mat, but I do know that we got to roll a lot. I got to roll with Val again, and I asked her how they made it through a week of camp. Here it’s only two days, and I’m already so tired! She said she didn’t know, either. (In the weeklong camp, they do get half of Wednesday off. Still.) I also got to roll with Emily, and then she spent a second round going over pressure with me.
Emily had to leave early on Sunday to catch her flight home, so the open mat finished up in time to see her off. Another discussion group, then dinner in downtown Richmond. Many of us splurged on homemade carrot cake. So good!
Monday morning was kind of tacked on as an Open Mat for anyone who would be in town. I don’t think it was really meant to be a part of the camp, but still, lots of us showed back up. There were also several guys there — Andrew Smith, Klint, Mike, TheMikeByrd, and one or two others. And several local girls also showed up — Lo and Thea, and some I didn’t know.
Goodness, so tired! But far too stubborn and lacking in self-preservation skills, so of course I was ready to jump back in there. Got to roll with Andrew to start things off; everyone else was still sitting around and waking up and talking, and he wanted to get things moving. Seemed like a long roll. I fell in to his triangle from inverted guard, and then he showed me a triangle defense. Then someone started a timer to keep us moving between partners. Rolled with TheMikeByrd, who is far more flexible than you think he ought to be, Klint, and Matt (who I might have met before); rolled with Tori, Thea, Val (?), Anahi (?), and several other girls. I’d last rolled with Thea last summer at the first Women’s Open Mat I came to Richmond for. She’s still fast and drops a ton of pressure. (And she’s only my size!) After the round, she commented that I was so fast and she was working to keep up with me. I laughed and said that I had just been trying to keep up with her. LOL.
As the Open Mat continued, girls were having to leave, and exhaustion was forcing the rest of us to sit around and talk. But it made for a good transition from all girls to rolling with boys again. I talked to Chrissy in here, too, and mentioned my three epiphanies. She reads my blog (Hi, Chrissy!), and said that, yeah, I probably am training too much. Also, she reminded me that I do have a real, full-time grown-up job (oh, right).
I went back for lunch, shower, and a long nap before driving home. Missed class that night, but I think I more than made up for it during the weekend.
So, that’s the end of camp. It was so much fun, and I would definitely encourage any girls to go to either a full camp or a mini camp. (By the way, they’re talking about having more mini camps around the country.) Training with such a range of girls for such an extended period of time really gives you a good look at where your jiu-jitsu is and where it can go.