Thursday, September 27, 2012

at Fuse

Similar to earlier




Saturday, September 22, 2012



Open Mat

Good side-control series (when on bottom).


De La Riva

This private had a large section of De La Riva  guard.  Moves included:
-Push Pull Sweep
-Transition to sickle sweep
-Stand and base with his trapped leg
-Take back


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Wednesday, September 19, 2012


This was a replay of 91712#249@Fuse



I want to up my Judo time.  I'm thinking 2-4 times a month.


Monday, September 17, 2012

I got your back.

Back taking from side control
Back taking from guard and half-guard


Saturday, September 15, 2012


I'm not quite Helio Gracie.  Figures.

So, I did this tournament, and I'm working on being positive.  So far; so good.  I didn't do what I wanted to do to my opponent.  I didn't even keep him from doing what he wanted to do to me.  I tapped; twice.

But, I accomplished my mission of staying calm.  I know it's crazy, but I actually don't feel bad with how the day went.  I was present for every moment of my matches.  You see,  in my other tournaments, things were moving so fast that I couldn't keep up--I wasn't fully aware of what was going on.  This time, I was calm with the stand up.  My opponent pulled guard (in both our matches).  I knew what was happening, and I knew what I wanted to do, and I did a lot of what I wanted to do.

In the end, I tapped to triangle choke.  (Both matches were almost a carbon copy of the other.)  I was close to passing his guard; then, things would have been totally different--I know it.  Props to the kid who won, but I feel fine with what I did.  I'm getting more comfortable with tournaments, and that's a good thing.

Friday, September 14, 2012

I can only win.

The alternate title for this post was, "I am Helio Gracie."  :)

I entered a small (I believe it to be small) tournament.  My official weight was 199.6 (without the gi).  Later this month, I want to compete at 195 (with the gi).

The thing is, I'm totally nervous.  I feel like I'm still competing against nerves, anxiety, and uncomfortableness.  In time, I'll transition to competing against actual people (I hope).  For now, though, I feel like I'm my own most daunting competition.

That got my thinking:  How can I practice positive self-talk?  I believe I've talked myself into this win-win situation:
-I do what I want to my opponent, and I win.
-I keep my opponent from doing what he wants to do (he doesn't submit me), and I win.
-Things don't go my way, but I have a nice time (in retrospect) and get some valuable experience, and I still win.  (This is my euphemism for, "I get tapped.")  :)

Now to just stay calm and positive!

Thursday, September 6, 2012

This Stuff


Saturday, September 1, 2012

Open Mat

Drilled bump sweep, arm bar, elbow-knee escape and lots of rolling