I had a great private yesterday. I always end up elated after them. Wrestler Instructor and I are getting a good teacher-student groove going. I went in wanting to mostly work on counters to arm triangles. JazzHands caught me in them 3 times in 5 minutes and I NEEDED to know what to do. He explained, at the time, how to keep him from getting them, but still, I've never learned the move and wanted to learn a formal defense.
I'd poked around the net and found a defense that involved a backward roll, but considering the shape of my neck, it's not likely something I'm going to be trying too often. WrestlerInstructor showed me, instead, an early defense and a late. The late defense involved clasping your hands around the back of the inside knee and pushing down to relieve shoulder pressure and escaping and adjusting the hips from there.
We rolled a couple rounds, focusing on my passing open guard. Wrestler instructor said he was impressed (happy Megan). I definitely have to do this more often. I like getting to watched upper belts move in focused situations...I've realized I even give up submissions and position just to see what they're going to do...oops.
Ohoh...so yeah. We talked a LOT about the details of arm triangles and even experimented with a few variations (I do so love experimenting). All the talk of vulnerability and advantages got me thinking of SWOT analysis. We used it a lot in business school to evaluate new businesses, departments or products. I came up with one from my lesson yesterday and, I think it's useful in identifying the core elements of existing techniques and in finding directions to head in developing new ones.
I'd love to hear any input on it. Thanks!