Tonight I grappled a guy for the first time who is roughly my height, but has about 20 pounds on me, and according to our instructors, we are of the same skill level. We both have three stripes. I've always wondered how I would fair against a man of my size. I have been told probably 100 times that a man of my relative size and skill level would probably beat me just due to the strength difference. Tonight, that theory was proven right... and I am just going to go with it. lol
He pretty much owned me. Or at least I felt like he did. Allie claims it did not look that way, but it sure felt like ownage. He was just SO fast... I felt like I could do nothing to stop him save getting a knee in. (I was able to defend all his submissions, but I don't think I could ever stop defending long enough to go for one myself.) And he just flipped clean out of my butterfly guard twice. The third time, I kind of expected it so I could kind of stop him. Normally, if someone tries to flip out of my butterfly guard like that, I just sink my hooks extra deep and go with them to mount, or if nothing else stop them. (this is on someone who is around my skill level, obviously I'm not stopping a brown belt or even blue belts with my hooks) .... but not tonight.
Now, he wasn't mean, or anything like that when we grappled he was just bigger, stronger and faster... and it sure felt like, more skilled.
But either way, I am going to chalk it up to him being a man Cop out?.. perhaps... but whatever, it makes me feel better. =)