Morning BJJ… no formal class, people were just rolling. I played a little with a brown belt who taught me a few things, and then he had me roll with his student, a really good no-gi guy who was transitioning to gi.
The main thing I took away from this morning was that I need to stop sticking my damn arms out and inviting armbars and triangles… which I know darn well but somehow have not internalized the truth of yet. I did, however, retain the presence of mind to try a new guard pass instead of my usual SOP… and it worked, so that was cool.
Evening class with CC… we were supposed to be working on some Tiger/Leopard stuff. However, after agreeing that Mantis in general and Southern Mantis in particular are probably not going to play a large role in my future, we somehow got sidetracked into working on Southern Mantis for most of the class. Oh well. I hope we work on the Leopard next time, but I’m happy to learn anything.
He wanted to see the Hurricane Hands that I have so far, and then he wanted to video it, and then he wanted me to explain the applications (which I was able to do with alacrity- since I always make sure I thoroughly understand applications for every tiny little thing I do, and SK is a great teacher). He wants *ME* to teach the form to *HIM* eventually. I don’t feel like I’m qualified to teach anything, much less a form that’s new to me, and not even in my style, to a senior member of the order. That’s going to be a little scary.
He also wanted to see Leopard Three, which he had one small correction on, but otherwise said looked good- so it must look really good.
I’m still heavily on his case about having class more often. He is going to visit RS this weekend. I will be one topic of conversation, and I’m hoping that the two of them will come to a resolution on what to do with me. I’m hoping that RS will either 1)officially assign me as CC’s student, or 2)retain me but assign CC a structured curriculum to work on with me that will keep us productively busy for a good long while. (Ideally with a lot of Tigery things in it.) I’m rooting for whichever option will most effectively inspire CC to schedule more consistant classes. I also hope that RS teaches CC a Snow Leopard form or something to bring back for me.
I did get an appointment for the weekend after next… I am to review Touch Bridge and be ready to go over that.