As my professor and classmates are winding down their prep for their upcoming tournament, we continued to work on grip fighting. I’m not a seasoned judoka or anything, but things are making more sense: posture, base, get grips, break grips, off balance your opponent. Also, this used to be very tiring not long ago, and now it’s much more manageable.
We repeated the baseball choke drill from last week, but still having trouble with transitioning to the second collar grip from side mount top pressure. One, it feels like I take too much pressure off to slip my hand through, and two, I always have trouble getting a good grip in a smooth fashion. I’m sure the answer to these problems is “moar reps”, but for something that seems simple it’s oddly confusing.
Last week, the second drill variation was to go to knee on belly, but this week our partner would roll away when there was space created, and we would go to back control. Middle of chest on middle of back, seat belt on, swivel lower hook in, upper hook over and pull them back on to you. At this point we went to what was called “choke from the back”, which if nothing else, will not be confused with many other chokes. Feed his upper lapel to your lower hand, remove your lower elbow, control his other lapel. In terms of applicability in sparring, this one seems way more accessible to me. I’ve tried to go for the baseball choke in sparring and all it does is allow the guy to scoot out from under me as I go for the second grip. This kind of collar choke from the back just makes more sense to me in the moment.
This will be a busy few days, as I’ll be doing two BJJ classes plus open mat from Thursday to Saturday, including a hockey game on Friday night after class. Sunday will be spent watching hockey; first an Oil Kings game with my boys, then watching the Mighty Oil take their first step on their path to glorious glory against the godless Canucks (*spits*). Likely, I’ll be falling asleep during both of those.