Tuesday, 10 June 2008

09/06/08 - BJJ Class - Luke's meltdown edition!


I don't know whether it was the heat, the lack of food, or the intense Muay Thai session before BJJ, but tonight i really lost it. Both mentally and physically.

Not in a horrific sense, but in the sense that my mental game wasn't there; i kept going dizzy and feeling quite hazy, but i managed to stick it through the class and get some pretty good techniques going.

Lee started the class by introducing to the guys that weren't there on Friday, the x-guard techniques. These x-guard techniques start from the standing position, to give us some practice of transitioning from the top to the bottom more fluently.

These techniques worked on a similar basis to those that we have been studying recently. The x-guard shares similar concepts as the "Braulio Guard" we've been working, and it does give us a pretty good base to all bottom guards, particularly since the x-guard is more about balance than many of the other guard positions.

Tonight, we covered some sweeps, both from either sleeve, and when the opponent postures up. There were 4 sweeps in total; with the near sleeve, far sleeve, when he postures up and you trip his legs, and when he postures up and you escape around the back door, flattening him out with leg control.

Although by the time the fourth technique made it's appearance, my mind and body had decided to go off on a little holiday, i got the jist of every technique there, and a part of me wishes i was in much better shape so i could appreciate what we were doing more. As a series of techniques, i don't think it's something we'll only cover the once though, so i pehraps have another chance come Thursday to put a rejuvinated body behind the thought process.

Keeping the classes focused on a particular series of moves is something which i've always liked about BJJ, and particularly Lee's teaching style. You don't have to fall in love with every technique, as there's always an alternative that works better for some people than others; as an example to illustrate this, my regular armbar from guard is weak, whereas my slow, trapping armbar is fairly successful.

It's also this concept of alternative techniques that makes learning as a series so effective; this, i made particular note of when, during "top-down specific" sparring, i pulled "braulio guard", then transitioned into the x-guard without a horrendous amount of hassle.

It's beautiful when you don't just train positions in isolation, but when you can link them together. We can all dirll the armbar from mount 10,000 times, but what's the use if you haven't got any guard passes and you can't get past the guy?

Although i digress, my point remains constant.

Next session, i intend to go over these techniques once more.

Until next time (which will be tomorrow with a PORTUGUESE UPDATE!),

train hard, kids!

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