No official class today. We had our school Christmas party this afternoon, so everyone drank punch, ate some cookies and then stuck around for open mat from 4 to 5 pm.
Since my son is on the good side of a pretty bad cold, he stayed home with momma while my daughter and I went to the party. It was fun to see her run around. She's pretty shy, but everyone at my school is very nice and most of them are great with kids. So, before long she was out there wrestling around with Sharkey and the kids.
Open mat was a blast. I'm very, very sore, particularly through the shoulders. I rolled with Lim (Limb? Limn? Who knows?). He's about the same level as me, and I really enjoy rolling with him. I have to work really hard, but he's not so much better than me that I'm always scrambling and defending. I can work on setting up submissions and actually making stuff work. After 1/2 hour or so, I was pretty tired.
So I worked with one of the kids. I went really light, didn't mash him or anything. I worked a lot from guard, gave him nudges when his base was really wonky and let him work out a few things. I find that working with the kids, I tend to sweep them over when their base is really narrow, get them on their side and then make them work to posture up. I showed him the Ezekiel choke, rested up a little while rolling with him and then went with his dad for a bit.
Mark (the dad) teaches the kids' class that my daughter is in. I've mentioned before that he's a blue belt in BJJ and a black belt in Karate. Competent guy and I enjoy working with him, too. He works really hard and doesn't give anything away. He's also about my size, so I'm not working with someone either much bigger or smaller than I.
After, I figured I was done, but rested up for a few minutes and saw Lim resting, too. Bottom line, I ended up sparring for about 70 minutes straight. I was tired, but not as tired as I might have thought, and I got to work on a lot of stuff. I'm starting to think about finishing, and about putting things together. I tapped Lim with several different chokes, including the Ezekiel a couple of times, the clock choke, a head/arm choke from side control, and a few others. Not that it was entirely one-sided. Lim is very mobile and I tapped to a few armbars and at least one reverse triangle.
I'm going to take a couple days off. My next class will be Wednesday and I'm planning on making Friday. I'm also hoping to be up for Competition class as well as regular BJJ on Sunday. We'll see if I wuss out or not. :D