Really good class tonight. Bill did some craziness for a warmup. 30 seconds each of burpees, jump squats, pushups, mountain climbers, plank and then more burpees. Active rest, then 30 seconds of crunches, side crunches to each side, leg lifts, more crunches and then frog kicks. Then more burpees, jump squats, push ups, mountain climbers, plank and even more burpees. I hate burpees.
Learned a nifty sweep if you can get it when a guy stands in guard, and then worked on a loop choke from guard off of a well defended scissor sweep.
Sparring was a lot of fun. Sammy, a 4 stripe white belt made me pay for being complacent. I got a chance to roll light with Sammy before class, so when I gave him side control to start the match, he made me pay for it. He immediately went for a choke, then moved to mount. I got back to half guard and eventually swept, but he pushed the pace and made me work for everything I got. Fun match.
I also had a chance to roll with Ethan, who basically got me in all sort of weird positions.
Third roll with a white belt who’s getting ready for the tournament. Great roll. He’s getting really good. The only thing I noticed is that he basically pulls guard from the top. It’s a weird thing that I don’t get. Guys are in my guard and basically ceding the sweep.
Last roll was with Vinh “Diesel,” a big, purple belt. Vinh’s solid from on top, so I was really pleased to catch him with a deep half guard sweep I’ve been working on. I’ve not been able to catch any upper belts with it, and I’ve never even tried it on anyone up over 220 lbs. So, when I rolled into the deep half guard position, it was a challenge to get him up high on my shoulder. That was the key. I shimmied and jived until I got to where I needed to be. Once there, the sweep was money, and it felt really good.
My back’s feeling good, too. I hope Sean’s working Wednesday. If he is, I’ll get an adjustment to keep things where they belong.