Thursday, July 24, 2014

Throwback Thursday Grappling Match

Life has really gotten in the way of Jiu-Jitsu and keeping up with the blog since last May.  Going through a home purchase and impending move right now.  I've been able to keep a decent training schedule but far from what I'd like with the IBJJF Dallas Open coming up in 8 weeks.  Oh and on top of all that our gym relocated from Plano to Frisco!

Hopefully things will settle down after next week. I have a Reilly Bodycomb seminar review coming up soon that I will share.  In the meantime here is a #TBT grappling match from back in 2011 when I was a blue belt.  It's always cool to go back and watch old matches to see how much you've progressed and of course to evaluate things to work on.  I probably played the most passive game ever at this particular tournament which was a first for me.  Things that I learned most in this match:

1. Passing the guard...I wasn't very good at it then.
2. Importance of breaking grips.
3. Properly defending/escaping the omoplata rather than rolling and losing reversal points.
4. Don't wear old, lightweight gi's that stretch.  The sleeves on this Koral gi were awful and was retired shortly after.