The night started off with some light rolling to warm up (my favourite), and here I was able to put my guard retention drills into practice at a 50% effort pace against other blue belts in my class. Overall, it was good, no-one passed my guard during my warm up, apart from an over zealous whitebelt, who decided to go at 110% but I’ll let him off because he’s only a few weeks old.
The night’s techniques focused on three sweeps from the De La Riva guard. I’m really trying to work this guard into my game, so this was a treat for me.
We looked at three combo moves that we can use to bait other sweeps, which can be found in the video below!
Tonight was a night of hard rolling. Firstly we started off with some situational rolling from the De La Riva guard. Then we moved onto fighting 5 minute rounds fighting our own weight class and own belt class. We then finished off the session with a 15 minute submission only round, my “war of attrition”. I was paired up with Gary, who is a two striped blue belt. The fight was back and forth, he threatened a few Kimuras, while i threatened a D’Arce choke and anaconda.
Overall I was really happy with my performance tonight. I honestly think I do better in submission only matches because it allows me to focus on my more defence style of jiu-jitsu. I think in my head, the timer and the fast pace of the 6 minute rounds makes me feel unprepared, so I need to work on my points game and short-term endurance.