A few months isn’t really all that long, also you’ve gotta keep in mind that if you’re rolling with the same guys the whole time they’re getting better too. Roll with someone brand new, and it’ll help you see how far you’ve come. Whenever I feel like my game is super shitty I roll with a newer kid.
About the leg dexterity, rolling and drilling is definitely where it’s at. The more you do things, the more they become part of how you move. Also, I’m slow as fuck and I hate scrambles. So, I take that into consideration when formulating my game. Take the moves that work for you and your body and do them, not everything is for everyone. There are also a lot of little tweaks to make basic moves work for every body type.
Maybe my school is really old school, but 3 months in and you’re working toe holds and heel hooks? [/quote]
I am rolling with guys who have been doing it for a few years, maybe you’re right.
I’ll try to keep patient – it’s just frustrating because I do have a lot of natural wrestling ability and I can produce a good amount of force in small distances. BJJ is pretty much the exact opposite approach than I had when wrestling in highschool, or just wrestling with my friends – I actually have to be intelligent about it. I can’t just ram into people and hold them down.
And the place I go to right now is more of a club than anything (it’s free and not 3 hours away). Unless it is ‘season’ (seems like winters to me) the instructor does not really teach classes and isn’t there that often (he teaches basic boxing classes as well as karate). He showed me a few basic things when I first went in and left me on my way to roll with anybody who wanted to. I ended up just looking up BJJ videos on youtube and trying to ‘learn’ a few things from there (Gogo plata, heel hook) plus I have been a MMA fan for around 5 years now. So I’ve seen alot.
But I sure did not realize heel hooks were more of an advanced movement! Maybe that’s part of my issue with them. My main problem with them is once I’m throwing my legs over and trying to lock my feet – the guys I roll with are really good at spinning out of it before I can even lock my feet. But! I did look up a different approach on heel hooks at submissions101.com and I did realize that my body positioning was off by alot. And I also learned from them that I attempted it from a bad position (I was in the guy’s guard but was having trouble doing much of anything… he didn’t have control of my head… so I leaned back and attempted it from there… lol)
From what you guys are telling me - it just seems like I have alot to learn still. I can accept that – it’s just frustrating cause I’m usually a quick learner!