A man who knows that body and spirit are part of each other doesn’t need anyone to remind him that he is alive, nor does he have any reason to upset the ecological balance. Only the sky above his head and the earth under his feet. His body is the only home. It is the only thing that never abandons him, the only one that truly belongs to him. Such an individual is a threat to every form of established authority. A wolf that can’t be tamed. He is not under anyone’s orders and doesn’t accept dogmas because he already has within himself everything he needs to face life. When streams of power flow in the veins of your body, dependency on external factors is reduced to a minimum. -Daniele Bolelli, On The Warrior’s Path
Friday evening: aborted class. The guy with the key was a no-show. We stood around and debated the merits of practicing takedowns in the parking lot. Then we talked about BJJ. Then we talked about peeing on electric fences. (This is what you have to put up with when you hang around with groups of guys.)
Open mat in Bellevue. I spent just over 2 hours rolling with Kelly, first no-gi and then gi, with about a 5-min break in between the two.
Pic- that’s my left bicep- seventeen separate finger/thumb marks! Cool, huh?!
Kelly’s doing phenomenal- she’s a beast! She was on top the *entire* afternoon- which, while frustrating, was good in that it forced me to work off my back a lot (where I’m weak). I feel like I got a lot of good practice/experience today.
She is one of the few people upon which I have difficulty executing the comb-over escape from front mount to half guard; her tiny little feet tuck up under my thighs and she’s so tight that I’m stuck.
She also executed the Move Of the Day from Thursday on me, three times… only finished it once, but it’s a sweet move, hard to see coming.
With her long legs, the “lockdown” is devastating… even when she just gets one of my legs, it HURTS (she’s bony, too), and I can’t do a whole lot while she’s got me transfixed there.
I made a point of telling her all the things she was doing that sucked the most for me, and encouraging her to do them even more.
Kitsune: Oooh. That really hurts when you do that, and the angle that it creates with my neck makes it really difficult to defend.
Kelly: Oh! Sorry!
Kitsune: No, keep doing it! Do it more! It’s great for you!
I worked a lot of open guard. I set up the lasso sweep that we learned on Friday, and was astonished when it actually worked! Then I played with that lasso foot on one side and spider guard on the other, and managed to sweep her a couple more times in different ways. That’s really exciting, as sweeps are by far the WORST part of my game.
Another thing I was excited about- I managed to get a couple of armbar subs that weren’t really “techniques”, but improvised. Improvising is something else I don’t have a gift for, so it’s a thrill when I get something like that.
To work on: I am still letting myself get caught with one arm up by my head. I did it three times, and was cursing myself, although she was not taking advantage of it. After the third time, I asked her to clamp on a head-and-arm every time she saw me do that. She doesn’t feel solid with head-and-arm chokes, but I told her that as long as she had me well pinned, she had the leisure to adjust and play around till she got it. So that happened another four or so times. I really need to quit doing that. It is a terrible habit. I should start asking everyone to make a point of being ruthless about persuing me with that.
Tried for omoplatas several times, but only succeeded once. Chokes remain my most reliable tool… although I really am tickled about those creative armbars.
At one point we had stood up, and she jumped guard, catching me completely by surprise. I not only dropped us both like a rock, I had my fist wedged against her neck and thumped her a good one as she landed. She seemed to have hurt the back of head more, though. I felt terrible.