Still Training!

Well, I fell out of writing posts, but I have still been training! My big struggle has been consistency. I havent had any multi week gaps in the past few months which is GOOD, but I struggle to make a full 2 times a week. Its about once every two weeks I make both classes….

Loving open mats!

I feel pretty blessed to be going to the school I’m going to. I feel I’m learning just as much during open mats, rolling with higher belts and fellow white belts, as I do during traditional classes. Every single class I feel progress. Yesterday it was open mat. Teacher was out of town and most…

2 or 3 months… onward

I’m actually feeling pretty good about Jiu Jitsu! Is that a weird thing to say? I must admit, as much as I went on and on with my SO and others about if before doing it, a secret piece of me was unsure about this choice. What am I doing at my age getting into…

Week 7: Finally…

Took about 3 weeks to complete a full week. Ugh. But it ended on a high note at least. First week ended with a bad night due to asthma flaring up. Then 2nd week I was grieving the loss of Amanda in the Oakland Ghost-Ship fire and only made it to the Thursday class. I…

Week 6: Not much to say about BJJ…

I signed up for a year. Awesome. Sadly my circle of friends experienced a tragedy today I’m not going to write about here. So my notes are short. I went, I trained, I will return. That is all.

5 Stages of Jiu Jitsu Competency

Just a link to a great blog post I found this morning… link: The Five Stages of Jiu Jitsu Competency BJJ After 40 is a great resource btw.

Sprained finger, then ankle :(

Well so it goes… took a week off to nurse a sprained finger and then a slightly sprained ankle at work. Bummer. Back to the mats tomorrow. I hate losing momentum! BOOOOOO! I got some athletic tape and learned how to wrap fingers, so I should be good to go.

Week 5: Cross-collar choke success!

Way back years ago I was never able to sub anybody. 5 weeks in for this go-around, and I’m now able to find some success. Feels good! Monday when I didn’t go to class, Mr. TheOldLady showed me how to drive your first straight down to the floor into the collar from mount to setup…

Week 4: and more subs!

Allright so second Saturday open mat came around and I subbed again! More triangles (sloppy but they still worked) and a few Americanas. I can do this! Though technically I am now into week 5, I took yesterday (Monday) off due to a nagging neck/shoulder knot that was bad enough I felt like I may…

Caging the Hips

Great video where Stephen Kesting shows lessons on caging your opponents hips while inside his/her guard to prevent lateral movement, how to use a light “false-grip” to defend against armbar while controlling his/her hip (leading to a stacking or smashing guard pass), caging the hips in the air to follow or prevent their movement, caging…