Students: Ben, Robert, Shane
Small class today, people must be on vacation. I added a couple things to the warm-up like the sit out, the armbar from guard drill, and a side control pressure drill.
The teaching portion was a blur. I imagined teaching stuff much better in my head but I pretty much got to the point and went over each technique a couple times. The couple things to note:
- During the throw pull their head forward don't push their hips away by pushing on their shoulder with you elbow
- For me the fight for the standing guard break is mostly in getting the initial grip, once that is done I have practiced the technique enough that it's automatic
- Once you've broken the guard your elbow placement is very important. I like to place them down by the opponents calf or under their shin bone to keep the legs from getting into omoplata position or spider guard
- Don't be concerned if you have to try the torreando pass several times going back and forth
Rolling: Guard Position (4 x 2 min), Free Rolling (4 min)
Rolled With: Ben, Shane, Robert
I did my best from the top to do the guard break and pass that we worked on. I pulled it off a couple times but ended up knee sliding instead of torreando. From the bottom I helped Shane through some things like letting him know he didn't want to lift his leg on my free arm side first. In the end I talked him through the complete guard break and pass with a little more resistance than drilling.
Office Hours Partner: Robert
After class we went over setting up the hip bump a little bit because both Ben and Shane had attempted it. I showed them that there was a back take there for the person on top if the timing wasn't right.
When going with Robert I felt pretty sluggish. I'm still not 100% so I played pretty passive and I'm just not good enough to do that with him. His pressure was able to break through some of the frames that I made and then I couldn't regain any space. I did a couple good things using deep half but still was never able to fully sweep. There was one point when he was going for a head and arm choke from half guard and I regained full guard to escape it. I kind of felt like I was beat mentally before we started which is never good, but it was good to get a roll in with a fellow advanced person. Hopefully my body feels 100% again soon.