I closed that blasted side control triangle!!!
Apparently the majority of my problem was an obvious one that Ben helped me figure out on Saturday morning. It is pretty much a reverse triangle, but I was squeezing my knees forward like you would in a normal triangle from guard. I needed to be pointing my knees the other way while squeezing together... and I also was not creating enough of an angle. I did both tonight, and closed it!
I got so excited, I said "Really?!" after he tapped, and then felt kind of like a jerk. It was someone I had never submitted before and I get the impression he thought I was referring to the submission in general, but really, it was that I figured that one in particular out.... it has been my nemesis for so long now, I was just so happy to actually close it. Either way, I am going to mention it to him next time that I wasn't trying to be a jerk, I was just so excited that I figured that triangle out. I dunno, I don't want to be like, "So, remember when I triangled you.... " Maybe I should let it go. I just feel bad. I know the person wasn't going 100% or anywhere near... so we both know it wasn't a real submission... He actually is one of my favorite people to grapple because he comes down to my level when we roll.
Anyway, on top of that happening today I got help with taking the back from guard, and hopefully will be able to do that now with out feeling like a clumsy oaf. To be honest though, even being walked through it, I still felt oafish with it. Perhaps fluidity comes with time. Ah well.... that is my new goal. Learn to take the back with out feeling like an oaf.