Sunday, February 7, 2010

The Journey Continues!

I have been continuing to go to Phoenix Martial Arts twice a week (usually Tuesday nights which is No-Gi, and either Thursday evening or Saturday afternoon (I prefer Saturday if I don't have anything going on)). I am enjoying it so much. I feel like there is so much more of a curriculum and a way to track your progress here. Also, there are a few more people around my size, which helps.

Last Saturday (1/30), we did the Omoplata from guard, which is a great little submission. I still struggle a bit with the awkwardness of some of the positions and moves. BJJ is definitely not something that comes naturally to me at all, but in some ways, that is part of the fun of it. We rolled after the instructional portion. I rolled again with Jose' and again we went the full five minutes with neither of us submitting the other. I then rolled with a high school kid named Connor. I caught him with an inverted triangle off north-south and tapped him. It felt good to be the new guy and to pull off a submission.

Saturday (2/6), we did a series relating to the back sweep, also known as the kimura sweep. See the video below for a demo of the technique.

If they defend the kimura sweep, one option is to go for a guillotine choke. See video below:

If they defend the kimura sweep, you can go for the knee-push sweep (see video below):