Today many people spend eight hours a day sitting before a computer or behind a desk, forcing their bodies to an unnatural stasis. Overworked minds, inert bodies. Depending increasingly more on an immaterial form of technology, we confine the body to a subordinate position. We grow detached from it. We forget its magic. We forget its power. -Daniele Bolelli, On The Warrior’s Path
Today’s photo has absolutely nothing to do with BJJ. To my straight male and gay female readers, sorry. To everyone else: you’re welcome.
Pink Team in Bellevue: we drilled the comb-over escape from front mount to half guard, whereupon one’s partner passed half guard in whatever fashion she pleased, rinse, repeat. Then some positional training from mount- escape vs submit. Goddamn, Crisanne is getting good. She sticks to you like Spanx- leaves no room to work at all- digs that shoulder mercilessly into your neck, and lies on top of you like a sack of wet sand that feels much heavier than she is.
Then: advanced class.
You standing, opponent sitting with soles on the floor. You place your right hook-hand over hir left shoulder, paste your elbow to hir chest as you step forward with your right foot between hir knees. Now push hir on her back while driving right knee over hir rt thigh. Land on your hip like you’re skidding in for a home run. Try to pass your knee over hir forearm. Keep bodies pasted together, and don’t lift that elbow.
Next: same, but as you do this, opponent is foolish enough to throw an arm over your shoulders. Grab it and swing around for the armbar. DO NOT CHEAT THE GUARD PASS- this means don’t get sloppy with keeping the bodies close, and you must slide all the way into home before popping up for the armbar.
Opponent is now on hir back with feet on your hips. You standing. Grab hir right ankle with your left hand. overwrap hir left shin with your right arm. Step in and pin hir rt thigh up with your left knee. Now let go of that ankle and grab hir left ankle with both hands. Stand up and thrust your belly out as you shove the foot forward (note that you must clear your own flopping gi tails) then shove both of opponent’s legs away to hir right as you pass.
Next: same, but as you do this, opponent is foolish enough to start rolling away to turtle up. Stuff your right foot in the hole opening between hir waist and the floor, and thrust yourself into back mount.
Several spars. I continue to be ineffectual at defending Ron’s deep half- he got it within about 20 seconds, then continued to get it repeatedly. I made Pam deal with my spider guard for a good while (“How d’ya like THEM spiders?”) and coached and then pop-quizzed a white belt on nailing her chin to her chest as soon as I started groping for chokes.
Saeki got her blue today! When I saw the belts, I was so hoping for Crisanne to get promoted (not that it wasn’t great for Saeki). I did find out why it’s taking so long, though…. I found out that Crisanne had ASKED Carlos about it. (wince) Now he’s going to make her wait.