Training Notes


A minor hand injury from posting onto a cat toy during no gi on Saturday made gi on Sunday really difficult. I had to do a lot more hook gripping than I like to.

Myself: I want to work more on back escapes, entering into back control, and finishing chokes. Purple belt’s feedback for me was to take the arm bar I have rather than insisting to finish the triangle I can’t get the angle on through his defense. Really, what I want is more positional with a focus on the back. Standing I’m rusty as all heck and still very tentative about the space and mats. Guard and half guard are going well enough, though I still don’t like being on the bottom nearly as much as on the top. I’m getting passed a fair amount still but almost always getting to a safe side control or turtle to recover from.

Purple: Because the purple belt only joins us every two weeks progress is hard, maintenance is easy. We’re going to try to structure the times he’s with us better. I’ll give this more context below. He’s started integrating a guillotine that lets him change angle and makes wrestling up an almost dangerous prospect against him. I’m honestly thrilled to see him chaining another submission with his existing kimura trap game.

Blue: The blue belt’s goals seem to be to do better against the purple belt and myself more regularly during rolling. He’s been taking on most of the responsibility of a structured curriculum for the white belt which has kind of fallen off as the white belt knows the basics at this point and just needs more experience.

White: I’m not sure what her goals are right now. I think positional would benefit her more than instruction or rolling. She knows the basics, but just hasn’t internalized them yet.

We’ve kind of fallen into the trap where we’re just friends who are rolling and helping each other test stuff out at this point as opposed to having targeted training. I think that’s okay if it’s what people want, it’s recreational. I think for growth it’s non-ideal, especially with such a small pool of people. We won’t get the natural growth that comes from a deep/wide talent pool that shows you what to work on and forces you to come up with answers. Rather, we need better structured training if we’re to get better. I’m going to try to push for more positional for the next few sessions, with a focus on a 50% win-rate predicated on starting position. That is, if I’m on the white belt’s back, she should get to start half escaped if that’s what it takes to bring my efficacy down to 50% and I should be working on reclaiming through an escape or setting up against a defense. If the white belt is on my back, she should get arms trapped already if that’s what it takes to bring my defense/escape efficacy down to 50%. Obviously we’ll each be starting differently with each person due to the skill disparities, but that’s probably a benefit as we’ll have chances to try early and late stage defenses and offenses for these situations.

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