It’s been a while since I trained. Holiday nonsense, an instructor with a schedule as busy as mine and general fuckery managed to impede my quest to become a deadlier-than-average guy who is approaching 40.
But not today. Today I trained. I also bounced, which is why I’m up logging in the wee hours of the morning.
BJJ 60 min.
We mostly just rolled with the time. My instructor has made a commitment to himself to return to basics, which means methodically taking the back and chocking my ass out. Lessons abound in this rough treatment, and I had a few short moments in the sun today. A mount escape, a side control escape and some miserable pressure for him to endure as I was working a back escape were about the extent of it, but none of successful moments yielded successful overall outcomes. He’s just too good, and the fundamentals he’s retreating too are so much better than mine.
Most of what I learned from getting lit up today involved frames, and my failure to maintain them and use my hips to generate opportunities to improve my position. Simply stated, he smothered my frames and did what he pleased because I was paying more attention to the minor threats he was posing to my limbs and neck instead of maintaining good frames and looking to battle the position. This is easily explained, but not so easy to put into action. But it’s the truth, and these small moments in space and time are what I need to be more mindful of and move properly within.
He was also present for my last bouncing fracas, so we did a little bouncing breakdown and looked at other options that can be present with an uncooperative asshole who refuses to give up his drink, let alone leave the property. My chosen path of taking his back, rear-naked choking him until the bartender could secure his stolen drink and then putting him on his ass was sound, and no bad outcomes came from it. The exercise was to look at other options present in those moments.
One option is to pick him up and just carry his ass out the door. I’ve done this before, but I wasn’t sure of this guy’s intentions and I was treating him with caution. Making safe was my first priority, getting him out the door was my second. Picking dudes up can sometimes produce unpredictable reactions, like a lot of kicking that could hurt other people and make a big old mess. It’s a good option if you’re face-to-face with double underhooks, but I was working from the guy’s back most of the time.
Arm-drag’s to Russian ties are another option I need to keep in mind. This gives a lot of control with ample opportunities for takedowns built in. It’s a simple enough move and one I need to keep in mind.
Various Sase takedowns were explored as well. This basically means posting your far-side foot and yanking them down by the head, clothing or a combination of both. It becomes very effective if you can get them up against a wall. In simple terms, you trip them. Much easier to explain to a cop than busting someone’s face open, as some of my past bouncing partners have had to do.
If the Sase is defended by them getting low and a strong base, the guillotine becomes available. This is another great control position for an uncooperative asshole.
We did some fancier stuff that I just didn’t manage to retain, but the arm-drag to Russian tie seems like the most actionable alternative for me at this point.
I have to say, being a bouncer can be a great deal of fun, especially when I don’t need to actually hurt anyone. It’s just stand-up practice. Make safe and maybe trip or throw them. Nobody needs to get beaten. Getting drunk and angry people out the door is a very interesting puzzle box to solve, but it also begs the question…
What’s wrong with me? I’m almost 40. I have no business being a dive bar bouncer!