I posted this in the comments to the seminar post, but I’ll say it again:
A huge “I’m sorry!” to Aparna and anyone else who was nearby to the seminar and would have come if they’d known I was coming. But, since I didn’t know until 10pm the night before, I didn’t really even think about getting word out. (Though, I was hoping you would have all shown up, and I was really excited to see two girls there. However, they weren’t you.)
So, sorry again, and I will try to do better about organizing me myself and the boys and making travel announcements.
More from the drive back that day:
- Don’t worry too much about what your partner is doing or is capable of doing. (For example, if you know he has good triangles, don’t focus just on avoiding his triangles, else you’ll still spend most of the round avoiding his triangles.) Work to impose your own game.
- Work on different intensities with different people. With people less skilled, try to be just a hair above where they are.
Blog Updates: I’ve posted several upcoming seminars — most on the East Coast, but one in California — in the right sidebar. Also, I’ve come up with a way to mark the ones that I will be attending. (Well, at least the ones I know in advance that I’m attending!)
Blogger Map: I haven’t found a good way to put it up yet, but Slideyfoot has created a BJJ Blogger map, for us to add our schools so we can see who might be nearby when we travel. You can contact me with your school’s address, and I can add your blog. Right now we’re just adding bloggers, but we may expand the map to include commenters or to track Open Mats. (And, with my recent weekend experience, maybe seminars that we’ll be attending? :P)
Class started tonight with rolling. Everyone still scatters from me and from Justin. (Yay! Keep it up, fellas!) I think he hit every move from the seminar, doh! Even when I knew it was coming. Don’t think I worked on very much or remembered very much, though. At least I was getting in my reps of how not to do it all.
Second round with Theresa. Working on getting to that spot that’s just a hair better than she is, though it’s hard when she’s so small and bendy. I’m afraid that everything I do is muscle still.
Drilling was taking the back from turtle when you can’t get your knee in. Drilled with Theresa and Jess. Then to rolling, and again everyone found a partner who was not me. One guy had left, so I was the odd man out then. Big Mike was rolling with Scott and got a cramp in his foot, so Scott waved me in. Most of the round still left. Was doing okay in the beginning trying to stay on top, though eventually he got a grip I couldn’t break (same grip he told me a few weeks ago not to let him have; I didn’t let him have it, exactly, but I couldn’t get it off once he had it) and then swept me. Underneath the rest of the round. Forgot to frame up like we’d talked about on Saturday, so got crushed.
Last round with Theresa again.
Then class was over and a couple guys had questions for Justin, while a few more started some APC. I stayed to watch the jiu-jitsu. Then Justin asked if I wanted to roll some. Anytime! So we went for another 15 minutes or so. He seemed to be working on other setups and other uses for the techniques from the seminar. He let me to mount to work on trapping the arm first before turning, but I couldn’t quite work something out and so went back to mount. Also let me work around in side control for a bit, though still not getting some details or order right. Then he got some choke with my own gi. I heard the piano drop and tapped, I felt him let go and move away… and then I lost a couple of seconds while he moved back to the center of the mat. In one corner of the room, there had been one guy sitting; now there were two, and I hadn’t seen the second walk in. So yeah… I blacked out for a second there. Felt like I was swimming in really dense water as I came back around. Only out for a second or two. Justin fussed at me for not tapping sooner, but I said I did tap when it was on and I passed out after that.