I missed 4 weeks - two with the flu, then with tonsillitis. How very inconvenient.
Worse than inconvenient. Turns out that while I was gone, the class went through "side control" and "guard" phases and now we're back to mount. Argh. John gives the same speech about mount. John suggests I've been around long enough to head down the other end of the mat with the slightly more advanced individuals. I note that I missed all of side control and all of guard. John retracts previous statement. Looks like I'm doing mount.
Vaguely frustrated, but getting the hang of Kimuras and RNCs and Armbars. Less so with armbars. I'm so clumsy. Obviously still not 100% because class 5 pretty much wrecked me. Class 6 was better. Actually got a tap with an armbar during 2 minute drills. Yay me. I know what to do if my partner waves his arm around. Escaping mount is a problem. We still haven't actually been 'taught' any ways to do that, which disturbs me. Also having difficulties getting sufficient height on the bridge against the bigger guys to get them to lose balance. Gotta think about that. Good enough underneath mount that complete newbies can't submit me in 2 minutes. That's not exactly a recommendation I guess, especially if I can't get out from underneath.
Current mission: Investigate ways to escape from mount. If I'm not being shown, I'll find out myself.
Office is moving away from this gym. How inconvenient. Current plan has me using up the rest of my 10 class pass and then switching to the gym that will be near the new office. They don't have a beginners class, so I'll be straight in with the big kids. That should be fun.
Friday morning, May 17, 2013
2 days ago