BJJ 60 min
Open mat at the brown belt’s house again. Another white belt showed, so we just took turns rolling with each other. The other person was an older, smaller female who’s trained with my friend in Aikido for a long time. Her and I have trained together before too, and I’m happy that I can be a good training partner to her. Keep pressure to a minimum, use technique to hold positions, apply submissions very slowly and controlled, and let her have whatever she’s trying to do if she’s doing it correctly.
It is good practical training too, as I’m probably just as likely to need to restrain someone very gently as opposed to not gently, like an asshole who’s trying to hurt someone or threatening me in the parking lot on the way back to their minivan after getting bounced.
Making the brown belt work a little harder, same story there.
Not a lot of technique, but we dove into some details on staying connected to a person while you’re deep in their guard and possibly weathering a storm of strikes, with no immediate chance of escape or passing. Get low on your knees as far into them as you can. Touch your elbows to your knees if you can, elbows to the mat and against the hip if you can’t. Elbows always in tight so they can’t put a knee in your elbow to make space. Control the hips with your elbows and knees, keeping connected at all times as he shifts. Depending on proportions, you might be able to control the bicep at the same time. More details underneath, but that’s my take-away today.
The guard is such a complicated game, and we’re not even getting into anything sporty. Just basic self-defense stuff.
That’s it for today!