Not even sure how I got it, but someone pointed it out to me. Wasn't bad though.
Morning class today (Thanks President Cleveland!) WuTang and more people than I expected. I love the general mood of the early class. I'm not all drained from a day at work and everything's extra chill.
I was thinking yesterday that I didn't know enough about the back, and lo and behold, today we did bow and arrow choke. I've had it done to me numerous times and was glad to finally learn it. It's a weird one...it seemed complicated while it was being explained but felt relatively natural the few times I got it. Lots of notes to stick into FreeMind. I'll definitely need another class of it.
Rolling was very interesting today. It was a day of all small people with some nice surprises. Somehow, it seems I've gotten better about getting people into full guard. It was super easy when I first started with other white belts. Then they learned to watch out for my legs, and started quickly passing it. Today, I didn't have any issues with it. We'll see if it's permanent or if I just had a good day (or everyone else was having a bad one). I tried out the failed triangle-to-armbar flow my new buddy purple belt taught me and it got defended, BUT, I didn't hesitate like I normally do. I went for it, willing to lose the guard. I finally have confidence that I can reestablish guard if I have to, so submissions aren't half as scary. I also pulled off a hip bump using a couple tips from a Ryan Hall clip I watched last night. I want his DVD soooooo bad...maybe in a couple months. I used to think it was just getting out of side control, but anything that involves getting a knee seems to be extra difficult for me.
Had another roll with the choke master today too. He's small, and man...chokes around every corner. He's quick to take your back, and is great at making it feel like all his weight is right below your neck.
Good day 'twas.
Awesome job on practicing the armbar to triangle transition. Eventually, it will become second nature and then you'll strike like lightning! lol. One thing I usually get from that transition as well is an omaplata. Maybe ask your purple belt friend to show you how to transition to that if the other two are blocked, if you want. :)
Thanks A.D. He actually showed that to me a couple weeks ago and I tried it, it didn't work out so well...BUT...I got a chance to try out a gogoplata. That also failed, but I was happy I could even set one up.
Sorry to hear about your injury. I like how you began the post about your injury and still saw the overall day as a good day.
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