Thursday "I can't wait for your tournament," an online acquaintance told me, "So I can see a six page blog post about how it's not about winning it's about the experience you get along the way." "What I'm hearing from this," I responded, "Is that you read my blog." But hey-- when you're right you're … Continue reading Mats Don’t Lie: Reflections Before (and After) My First BJJ Comp
The theme of the white belt is survival, nothing more and nothing less. After all, this is what the white belt has to do from the first day of class. He is not going to arrive in class and beat the best. He has no one to whom he can compare himself because he is … Continue reading AAR 1/11: "The Theme of the White Belt is Survival"
Technique: Kimura from half-guardThoughts: I do love me a Kimura, but the half-guard setup was more difficult than from side control. Since we've been training submissions a lot, we've been starting with guard retention drills. The one we did today involved going inverted when someone catches you and there's no time to make space. It … Continue reading AAR 1/10/19: "DRINK THE PAIN"
I didn't write an AAR for the noon class yesterday-- I came home and slept hard. I'm still not quite used to double training sessions in a day. Still, above all one thing stands out to me: the fact that I took a round off.I know it shouldn't be a big deal. I still rolled … Continue reading Physical and Mental Toughness
Initial Thoughts: Really glad to be working on submissions this month. I know basically everything in my game needs work but especially with a competition coming up I need to have more tools in my toolbox to attempt to end matches.Warmup: Hip Escape/Chest Escape/Technical standup and guard retention drills: stepping over from the leg drag … Continue reading AAR: Kimura from Side Control, 1/9/2019 0630
Technique of the Day: Same as this morning. Knee slice pass into a baseball bat choke.Reflections of Technique of the Day: Tried to smooth out the pass since I had already worked it today. Choke was a little harder with a different partner-- even during drills, he was a big guy who was framing hard … Continue reading AAR: 12/17/18 1200
First off, write out all the good things, everything that went well, from your failures. Be detailed and generous with yourself. A lot of good things will have happened. It’s rarely all bad. Then note how you handled your failure. Did it affect your life and your relationships? How so? How did you think throughout … Continue reading After Action Report (AAR): 12/17/18, 0630: Knee Slice Pass into Baseball Bat Choke