You can use a strong wrestler’s strength against him, but it is almost impossible to defend against a mental edge. Every time you execute a move, the smarter wrestler will counter, attack and counter. The smarter wrestler, the wrestler with the better technique, with the better inventory of moves, with the agility and mental toughness to keep coming at you, is the wrestler who will win.-Kyle Maynard
Thursday BJJ at Bellevue: all spars.
Friday I missed. I spent the first half of the day in bed with a headache and extreme exhaustion. I felt somewhat better in the afternoon, but decided to not push my luck with getting repeatedly hurled o the ground and throttled. This turned out to be a fortunate thing, as my house nearly burned down that evening- and that is an that you don’t really want to miss. The animals and I were evacuated and spent 2 days sleeping on Cindy’s floor. (“The house is really dirty,” she says when I call her to inform her that all five of us are inviting ourselves over for an indefinite length of time. “Cindy, my standards right now are very low. If it’s not ON FIRE, it will look great to me.”) Luckily the area fire department was on point and they did not let my house burn down. Tense weekend, though.
Thursday- all spars again. I got an armbar on Amy that I was very pleased with- it was from a weird position and I am still not great at sussing those out. Amy beats me now 7 times out of every 8, so it was that much more the sweeter. (Note that I need to remember she is VERY GOOD at grabbing kimuras as I pass her guard. She got me *TWICE* with the same routine.) I managed to mess up my shoulder…. I had a few moments of “I should really tap now, but I DON’T WANNA tap….” Thought I was over that crap, but the ego still rears its ugly head once in a while. And now I pay.
Thought I might have to sit out Friday due to shoulder, but Chrisanne said she’d come in, so I went (feeling safe in her hands).
Standing guard pass to KOB
Standing guard pass to KOB to kimura
Standing guard pass to KOB to armbar
I was happy that I am finally remembering consistantly to grab the pants with that armbar. I am also now able to usually remember to pin the opponent between my shin and knee. Still need to get a bit better about clasping the forearm to my chest (grab my own lapel if need be). Carlos also wants me to clasp the forearm more closely to my chest in the kimura.
A little positional sparring from spider guard- pass vs defend.
So there’s where it happened…. I stacked Chrisanne- not much, but apparently too much- and hurt her neck. I was horrified to have hurt her YET AGAIN, and Carlos walked over and told us we had to stop seeing each other for a while.
I feel terrible. I have always prided myself on my control, and on being able to be careful while working with smaller and less experienced opponents. Right now I am feeling insecure about something that I have always felt was one of my biggest strengths in BJJ. It is making me feel tentative, and I hate that- I have been fighting “tentative” in myself all along and this is feeding my dragon.
Chrisanne is difficult because I know she does not want me to go easy on her…. and she’s good enough that if I *do* go easy on her, she’s just going to dominate me to the point that it’s not going to be useful for either of us. I’m pretty sure she would be pissed off at me if I started doing that.
Also- she had had a shitty day. She felt allergy-ill and didn’t plan to come in, and then she had some bad crap happen to her and decided to come and and blow off some frustration. I feel really awful that instead of helping her do that, I ended up making her feel worse.
In better news: I have managed to drop 14 of the 15lb that I gained from being on sleeping pills. I am relieved. I didn’t like being that weight- it felt like I was wearing a fat suit. going to have to be very careful from now on.