You need to distinguish between damage and distraction.
If you let yourself get distracted, it works. And if it is novel, people tend to get distracted. -Rory Miller
Okay, I am TOTALLY, thoroughly and superbly pissed off.
I showed up today in my french vanilla gi. Carlos had said yesterday that the white one was okay. I was ready to say to Casey, "You happy now??!??" Well, he still wasn’t happy. He says I can’t even wear the white one. It’s a white gi, with Gracie Barra patches all over it- but that’s STILL not good enough. Because it is not a white gi with Gracie patches all over it that was bought from the Gracie Barra Evil Overlord Monopoly.
I am now down to *one* acceptable gi (WTF am I supposed to do when I take more than one class in a day? Wear it dirty? Wear it wet?) with an atrocious fit that I’m not sure can be altered- and even if it can, it’s going to involve taking the big back patches off and then sewing them back on, which will cost a mint. If they think I’m ever going to compete in that thing, they’re nuts.
ATM I am *way* too torqued off to even consider coughing up more money to the "You are not a student to us, just a dollar sign" GB (the GB stands for "greedy business" in case you ever wondered) conglomerate. But even if I end up caving on this in the long run, I swear to Sweet Baby Kron Gracie I will quit before I let them put me in one of those GB rashies- they are all made by MANTOS. Yes, the porno-ad company. I wouldn’t take one of their products as a gift, and run around wearing the Mantos name on my body. Hell will freeze over first.
Did I mention that I’m really really irritated??!? Seriously.
Lunchtime BJJ, Greedy Business Sea. Rolled a bit with Crisanne to warm up; had her do the upa. She seemed to have it down, so I started pressing her to do it faster- within three seconds of the mount. Also rolled a bit with Casey, who is kissing up to me because he knows I’m annoyed (although I refrained from describing in depth to him exactly *HOW* annoyed), and doesn’t want me to hate him.
Standup: Judo grips, Yank down on the lapel side while tapping sole of foot below knee, then yank down on sleeve side while stepping hip to hip and reaping. Setup only. 40 reps. "Relax" says Angela.
Shoulder throw, opponent’s bicep locked between your bicep and forearm (NOT beside your neck). Make sure to turn the ENTIRE 180 degrees. My biggest challenge continues to be having the feet planted parallel between opponent’s feet and close enough together. Today I was managing both turn and positioning, but with way too many little time-consuming adjustment steps. 40 reps.
Cross step, turn 180, kick back with the same foot you cross-stepped with, pull opponent over your leg for takedown. 40 reps.
Pass half guard: opponent on hir back, you standing at hir feet with one lapel grip and one leg cuff grip. With your trapped leg, push knee fwd into back of opponent’s thigh. Then kick it back like a mule. Set it down beside opponent’s ribs. Stick your other leg out. KOB. A million reps. (Well, maybe not a million, but it felt like a million)
Same setup, only after you pass half guard, opponent turn in to you. With the same leg that you were KOB’ing with, stick that one straight out back. Now place your shoulder on opponent and carwheel over to hir back. Do not at any point let go of those pants cuffs. Like the previous technique, once you are passed, your arms are in an X.
Angela is going to be fighting Sijara Eubanks again this year, it looks like. And she is excited about it! She has a great attitude.
22 people from GB Seattle are registered for PanAms. Last year it was only 10.