Training Log #1

8 08 2009

After spending five days at work, I finally got Wednesday and Thursday off, so I went to jujitsu class on Wednesday, and striking class on Thursday.

When I got to the gym on Wednesday, I got changed into my gi top and board shorts. I used to wear gi pants before, but I like wearing the board shorts more because it allows for more range of movement with my legs, plus I’ve noticed that the gi pants don’t really stay on me that well. Don’t know why.

Anyway, after getting changed, we got ourselves warmed up by….playing dodgeball. I’m not kidding. Well, it got me warmed up for the class, which involved three basic moves from guard: kimura, sit up sweep, and guillotine choke. These three attacks can work in a combo, like if I tried to put someone in a kimura and he postures up, I could combo that into a sit up sweep and get into mount position. Likewise, if he isn’t letting me get that sit up sweep, I could combo that into a guillotine choke, and then combo into the kimura I can’t get the choke, and then so on.

This is known as having a “machine gun” submission game. This involves on going from one submission to another submission or a sweep, to yet another submission or another sweep. The type of game keeps your opponent busy and focused on avoiding the sweep/submission than trying to break your guard.

Still don’t get it? Well, imagine if you’re standing with an experienced opponent, and you’re throwing single strikes all day. Not gonna work, right? Your strikes are not gonna go through, and most of them will be countered. If you throw combos at your opponent, your chances of landing an attack or knocking him out increase. Same thing with fighting on the ground. Get it now? Ok, good.

Anyway, after working with these three moves, we did a drill that involved the person on his back to sweep or submit the person in his guard with those some moves while the guy on top is trying to pass his guard. I started on my back and tried my best to get my opponent from breaking my guard, but no luck. Second time, while I was on top, I fared a little bit better. I was able to get into half guard, but as I trying to get out, the instructor said “Ok, now all moves are legal!”

Crap.

Next thing I know, I either got kimura’d or swept from half guard (I can’t remember for the life of me because it’s been three days and I have the memory of a dried up goldfish), and the next time on top, I got armbar’d. Lucky for me, the guy I was with was dead tired, so I decided to take his place on my back.

My next partner was Anthony, a small guy. Nothing special, right? But remember, this is jujitsu we’re talking about, it’s history has been built from small guys making big guys like me tap out. So, just as soon as we start, he starts going for an Ezekiel Choke, in guard. Now, I’ve only been doing this for roughly about a year, but I do know this: you NEVER want to go for any kind of choke while in someone’s guard. Having your arms out there is basically an open invitation to getting put into a submission and playing the “three-tap” symphony.

So, as he was going for the choke, I used my long legs (and decent flexibility) to put my legs over his arms and push him away before sliding my left leg under his right arm and rolling over for an omoplata. In addition to sounding pretty funny, it’s actually one of the moves I could do without thinking. It’s kinda like a kimura, but with your legs. Check it out on youtube if you wanna know how to pull it off.

After getting the tap out, I ended up facing another smaller kid, an d after a brief struggle, I got yet another omoplata. And that concluded the class.

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Next day,  I went into “Striking for MMA”, which is basically working on striking, whether it’s boxing, muay thai, or kickboxing. Most of the time it’s a small class (I’ve been in classes that just had me and the coach, which allowed me to have my own private class for free), which is great because that means I get more attention and be able to work on technique a lot more. Of course, this also means I can’t really be slacking on those same techniques.

After a quick warmup with the skipping rope, we started the first drill, which involved bobbing and weaving underneath a rope as close as you can without touching it. The whole point of the drill is to learn how to obviously bob and weave underneath punches before replying with some of your own attacks. After going through this drill five times, we did it backwards fives times before going with the next drill, bag work.

This drill was based off of our coach yelling numbers 1-5, which stood for combos (1 being a jab, 2 being a jab-cross, 3 being a jab-cross-lead hook, etc.) we had to throw before finishing with a rear Thai kick. And on the even numbers, we had to switch feet before throwing that kick. After a round of that, one of three people in the class worked with Thai pads while the other two worked on the bag with those combos.

After all three of us worked on the pads, we through two rounds of more bag work, followed by two rounds of throwing Thai knees while putting the wall in a imaginary Thai clinch. Now, during these drills, I was getting really tired, and being pushed to my limits, and after that last round of knees, I collapsed. Just like that. I’m not sure what made me to do that, whether it was the heat, or that energy drink I had that made me crash in the worst way, or what. But whether it was, I got right back up and breathed as much as I can to regain some of my stamina back before doing a wall sit for about a minute before ending the class.

Well, that’s my days of training for ya, hope to see you next time!

-PH

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