@Irishman92 All of the sequences we taught today began on the feet, so we did participate in stand-up action in that regard. We did arm-drags, how to slam a person headlocking you, how to eat punches with a standing turtle, how to protect punches and eye-gouges while rear naked choking, basic footwork, a takedown from side clinch, and tug of motherfucking war.
Unfortunately, there wasn’t a lot of time for sparring and live training. We were occupied by teaching class all day to rotating groups of karate students aged 5-60. There were a few minutes where my instructor and I demonstrated the concept of live training to the entire group, which is a fancy way of saying that he ran a no-gi clinic on me with a hundred or so spectators.
All in all it was a ton of fun and a great event to be a part of. I suppose I can’t fault any of these people for not wanting to grapple with grapplers for the first time in front of an audience, but dammit I still wish some of them would have because I’m selfish and I have an appetite for fresh meat.
We wrapped up by watching a couple of kids do kata to test for their green belts in the park. They passed. Then we walked down to the lake for a swim in a gorgeous lake that is still freezing cold and wonderful. It was a good day of training for sure, and I got a really sweet t-shirt.