We were doing stand up sparring in my class the other day. I always have some stand up sparring in my class.
The game was just for the takedown. I was sparring with one of our MMA enthusiasts who is a lot smaller than me, so I was trying to do with just the technique. I got him to lean forward and threw my weight under him to get a throw on him.
And smacked my shin real nicely on his shin.
Needless to say I did not get the takedown.
I took part in our submission wrestling class. I usually don’t go there due to my time schedules, but this time I missed my regular class so I wanted to catch up.
We started the sparring standing up. Now doing stand is usually one of my strong points, but this time I kept missing my takedowns. The reason for this: everyone was really slippery with out gis. So I was going for my throws and slapping my ass on the mat all night because my grips slipped.
Going for armbars? Slipping grips.
Doing basically anything? Slip and slide, baby.
Ever really paid attention to what you hear at the gym? I’m not talking about the normal banter of your everyday class. I’m talking about the other crazy stuff you might hear. Here’s a couple things heard in our gyms…
The first one I was involved with. Now I’ll have to set this up a little, so it doesn’t sound sooooo bad. It was class where we learned a combination of half guard passes that require you to change you position quite a bit. And on top of that I did most of my sparring with guys who I’ve been training for quite a while so there’s naturally an element of humor in everything. So that’s the set up… Now I managed to successfully do the whole sequence in sparring but the guys from the side line commented that it sounded kinda rapey (the exact Finnish version was “Kuulosti vahvasti väkisinmakaamiselta”)…
The second one also involves me (hey, what can I say, I’m not very quiet in the gym…). This is a frequent comment from me when ever I do something really agile and limber (not).
Like a gazelle!
Sorry for the bad humor.
The third one involves our Portuguese Man-o-war and our black belt teacher. During their sparring last time our teacher kept doing zombie noises through out the whole sparring…
So what does your gym sound like?
Speaking of forgetting things, the situation I described in the previous post isn’t the first time my mind has blacked out. Probably the biggest such incident happened during my purple belt exam.
I was asked do a sequence of open guard passes (a pass which the guy defends then a counter pass). I stood there staring down at my friend.
And nothing what so frigging ever came to my mind.
The only thing popping in my head was that I can’t pass my friends legs. I don’t know how. I’ve never passed any ones open guard (which of course I had done). I just stood there for a while and then had to admit that I’m drawing a blank.
Yeah, guess my memory isn’t that good at times…
We did side mount escapes yesterday. This is a position that has proven difficult for me to escape in the past and it was really nice to get a reminder of things one can do. Most of the things we did were old and familiar techniques with a few new details in there. Finally it came time to for the drilling.
I get one of the our new purple belts as my partner. The sparring started.
And like that every one of those escapes vanish from my mind.