Peyton Quinn’s rules of conflict:
Don’t ignore him.
Don’t insult him.
Don’t challenge him or accept his challenge.
Leave him a face-saving exit.
Thursday lunchtime BJJ in Bellevue.
Being the last kid picked for the kickball team today landed me a black belt drilling partner (Sean). I managed to fall/roll over his hand and also clock him in the forehead within the first five minutes. Sometimes I think I should be wearing a clown suit on the mat.
Carlos had the heat cranked up to “Brazilian Beach In July” again today. We did a long sequence, adding a new piece every 10 min or so, but always starting with the double-leg from standing.
Double leg from standing. I continue to suck at wrestling takedowns. I know I’m not getting close enough to the opponent during the setup- and also, going down (and- especially-getting up again) is difficult on my bad knees. Sean wants me to change levels as a distinct step BEFORE sticking my lead foot between his feet. As I am doing the double-leg, I can’t help thinking, “Good lord, his thighs are like cement pillars.” I hope I have cement pillars someday.
Failed double-leg to circling to the back and bear hugging. You lift opponent’s feet off the mat, s/he wraps one shin around your shin to prevent being picked all the way up and dumped sideways.
You have no choice but to put opponent down. S/he reaches between hir own feet and grabs your ankle, pull to take down. (Note- when you are being taken down in this fashion, do not attempt to keep the bear hug. All that will get you is the opponent thudding down on your ribs like a cement mixer.)
Opponent steps out and pivots (with bent knee, not a big straight-leg spin that will expose the leg to grabbing) and goes to KOB, then front mount. After waiting 3 secons in each position to get points, s/he sinks one cross collar grip.
I had learned long since that one does not want to push the choking hand across one’s own throat- thus telling your opponent, “No, buddy, don’t bother to choke me- let me choke myself! No problem!” So when Carlos told us to put one hand on the wrist and one on the elbow, I thought I knew what I was doing. But he wanted us to do something that felt counter-intuitive…. PULL the wrist cuff away from the choke. This necessitated switching hands for me. I still have enough Tiger mentality that the world is all about PUSH to me… it rarely occurs to me to pull. I had to pause at this step the first few times and think it over.
Upa. After that bobble, I was so eager to move on that I explosively upa’ed the crap out of Sean, and the next thing I saw was Carlos’ face.
“Why you breedge that way?”
“Uh, that would be stupid because he can post with that hand.”
“Then why you breedge that way?”
“Because I was in too much of a hurry and didn’t think.”
“No matter how fast you do eet, you still have to stay here for an hour.” Which actually was kind a revelation, which I will try to keep in the forefront of my mind.
After upa, guard pass. A few different variations of leg spaghetti, involving trapping the opponent’s arm across hir own body and keeping both hir legs stretched out. I felt really off balance during the pass- like it would be easy to tip me onto my back- but Sean explained (and I saw for myself when he took his turn) that the opponent had no leverage for even the tiny push it would have taken to tip me over.
A little King Of the Hill, starting from side control. Top person try to sub, bottom person escape, catch guard or half guard. Camille got a legit sub on me. Awesome. She did a couple of abrupt switches on me- when we were straining in one direction, she suddenly switched to something else in the opposite direction and caused me to use my own force against myself. I love that, and still struggle to work it into my own game. Both white belt girls are giving great Shoulder Of Justice. They will need that, as tiny as they are.
A roll with a white belt who was delighted for me to school him in a Bunch Of Things That I Wish Someone Had Told Me When I Was a White Belt. I told him that the best way to thank me would be for him to do these things to me next time we rolled. I love it when somebody kicks my ass with something I taught them.