Made the basic class tonight. Really really wish I could make it in there more often, as I could definitely use a review of some basic jiujitsu concepts, which will become apparent as the entry unfolds (scary foreshadowing...)
In guard pass drills, I hit a bunch sweeps, including Henry twice. Its good to know i still have any aptitude against him! He's really made a few breakthroughs lately, and may be on the cusp of a few more. Scary.... Sat out on the wall after the second time, I was gassed.
Partnered with (Chad? Chase?) a tough white belt, who's given me some problems before in guard pass drills. We went over a standing guard break where you pop your knee into his butt. We also played with a stack pass and a pass off a counter to the stack pass. I'm going to give into the temptation not to describe those in detail because 1. I'm tired and 2. Well really, i should go on and descibe them. Sucks being lazy. Anyway, (Chad? Chase?) was a great partner, and I hope to work with him again.
Firt roll was with Richard (white), the huge MMA guy who gives me a hard time. We started from my guard. I got the underhook cross collar grip, and opened up to try to do something with it. Big mistake. He hopped over my leg right in to scarf hold side control. I tried that defense where you triangle the guys head but he was having none of it. He armbarred the shit out of me, and it popped twice loud enough so that we both heard. I don't really know the guy that well, but he seems super nice, and I definitely don't think he meant to or anything. He's just so big that any extra pressure he gives counts for a lot. Any way, i guess he felt bad, because he basically let me guillotine him after that. I wish I got to roll with this dude more, because he's a challenge everytime.
Alright, that was the Down. The Up was that I did pretty well against Eddie (black). Started from his guard. I broke it open , he switched to a modified DLR, I alternated from low to high posture, and once I cleared the leg, I passed his guard into mount. Got the grips for a head and arm choke, but he locked up tight, and I didn't feel like it was close, so I switched for the armbar. Tried twice to break his grips but he was locked up. Thought I was close, but he pulled it out when I gave him a little space. Good Roll. He was definitely letting me work, but he doesn't just give stuff away, so I must have been doing something right.
I think that was it for rolls. Before our roll, Eddie showed me an escape from scarf. The first thing is to fight your elbow to the ground, no matter what. It won't be pretty, it will definitely be a dog fight, but the second anyone gets there on you, commit yourself to winning that battle. Its 100% the most important thing to do to survive that position. Following that, you can do some stuff that Richard suggested (from wrestling). Its called chasing the leg, and you just run towards the guy's leg and start climbing him. Once you get there, use both arms to push his arm over the top of your head, and take the back.
After my roll with Eddie, he asked why I didn't commit to the attack. I told him I tried twice on that armbar. He said, I meant the arm triangle. Makes me think I should have gone for it harder. Just go ear to ear with the guy and put the pressure on. Next time. In the meantime, I'm taking my sore left arm to the shower.