Whats up Gentleman,
So I just started BJJ at a pretty intense place. A hole in the wall with no AC and just wall to wall mats. They produced world champions and one of their guys won the most recent IBJJF New York open in the black belt division. Just mentioning this to give you an idea of the vibe of the place.
Anyways I rolled with their one purple belt. Seemed like a pleasant guy. Didn’t realize there were no classes and he encouraged me to stay anyways for open mat. Open mat was ran as five 9 minute matches. Switching to a new partner each time. I get to this guy and this guy knows or at least should assume I have no experience and he just turns up and locks up an arm bar and doesn’t ease into just cranks as soon as he has it. Which I am cool with but I thought it was a dick move. He doesn’t know me or my skill level. I rolled with the blackbelt and he was totally different. Now I have a bit of a wrestling background and I was holding back in regards to my explosiveness and strength of which I have because lets be honest these bjj guys get huge boners for wanting to beat the shit out of wrestlers. So I kept it in check and really just tried to work on the game like it were chess. No muscling or exploding out of positions. Now that wouldn’t have worked with the black belt guy but the purple belt possibly. I am not soft but I do think this purple belt guy was being kinda a dick.
Now there is a point to all this. This was gi and this purple belt guy loved to work from a position I would think is a modified butterfly guard. Instead of his shins on the inside of my thighs it was the bottoms of his feet. He had really good flexibility and he would grab the cuffs of my gi and just make it impossible for me to do anything and then transition into sweeps or submissions. I was super frustrated. Tried finding examples on you tube but everything I saw was from the actual butterfly guard. To give more perspective I was kneeled over but standing on my feet his feet for on the inside of my thighs and he had grips on my go cuffs. Any experience guys have a suggestion for had to deal with this situation.