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Sunday Competition Class and BJJ Class 1/13/2008

Posted Jun 18 2009 12:11am
Today was a rough day. I doubled up at class for the second time, meaning I went to the 1 1/2 hour Competition class and then stayed for the 1 1/2 hour BJJ class that immediately follows. I really want to do this weekly, as it's a great workout and a lot of fun. Well, okay. It's a great workout, but grueling as hell with some fun parts.

You know. As I write this I'm wondering why I want to do it weekly. Must be the workout, because honestly, the fun parts aren't all that fun.

Of course, I'm kidding. The Competition class involves a much more intense workout, followed by about 45 minutes of sparring from standing. I don't do a lot of stand-up work, and really need to, so this is a whole new world for me.

In the BJJ class following, we worked on a guard pass. Sparring was fun. I got to spend some more time in the middle, which I actually really enjoy. The only really hard part is that I'm not as skilled as some of the other guys and so I feel a little guilty for not being able to push them as much as I'd like. What I really like about it is that it forces me to really work on stamina, and I get to roll a lot more than I would otherwise. Now I just need to get better, so I give my sparring partners a good match.

I did try to work my from half guard today, with mixed results. I'm going to keep starting from half guard as much as possible until I figure some of this stuff out. I gained some confidence from guard by pulling guard in sparring and starting every match there that I could. I'm going to do the same for half guard.

On another happy note, we had several promotions tonight and I was awarded a 3rd stripe for my white belt. Amy got her purple belt and Bill got the 4th stripe on his purple belt. From what Coach was saying, I'd be very surprised if Bill isn't awarded his Brown belt some time shortly after the Pan Ams in March. We're really lucky to have Bill at the school. He's a good guy to have around. Amy is also a great asset to the school. When rolling with Amy tonight, I had to remind her that she wasn't going to sweep me. I think I said, "You're trying to set me up for a sweep. {gasp} But you're not going to get it."

I think I failed to formally congratulate Tony on his promotion to Purple Belt, as well. He received his certificate today, making him all official-like.

Congrats to all of you!
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