Sunday, April 11, 2010

Rip it, roll it, and punch it!

You know that scene in Finding Nemo where Squirt is talking to Marlin....

It's like he's trying to speak to me, I know it. Look, you're really cute, but I can't understand what you're saying. Say the first thing again... 

That is pretty much how I felt Saturday morning grappling Ben.

He swept in pretty much the same fashion about 10 times...after the first few, I started thinking... Okay, he clearly wants me to do something other then what I am doing....  but in the five minutes I couldn't figure out what he was trying to show me...  I kept trying to get my base off of him, and on to the mat, but I couldn't figure out how to do it...  So, I basically kept trying, and failing to kick my leg backward to get out of his hook and post my leg out.  (What is the definition of stupid?  Repeating the same thing expecting different 

After the grapple, he told me to wait right there for a second because he wanted to tell me something.... so I knew my suspicions were correct.  Ben was trying to tell me something I just wasn't getting.  And it of course was pretty much one of those, "Oh, duh, I am an idiot." moments.

He wanted me to go the way he was pushing me... Step my foot over his head and get to side control.  

It was an extra duh moment because it was a simple motion.  Step.  Take a step.  And doubly stupid because Ben has probably told us 1000 times to go with what you are being given.  Don't force anything.  

So, I am going to actively start trying to just go where I am being pushed...  Going with the flow.  You push, I pull... Or you push, I step over your head and get side control.  lol


  1. There are two thoughts with regard to what you're talking about.

    First, if I push you in a direction, it's because I WANT you to go that way, which means I'm setting something up, which means that's potentially bad. So you should generally NOT want to go that way.

    On the other hand, my coach likes to advocate giving MORE than your opponent wants. If I push you in a direction, go that way and MORE. Roll over that direction - use the momentum I'm giving (handy if you know what I'm setting up, so you can defend) and take it way past where I want you to go. A lot of times you can either roll me into a sweep, or setup something of your own.

    Just a thought.

  2. Yes... I guess i would be better described as, go where you are not being blocked, instead of continuing to try and go where the resistance is. Adapt. Don't continue force a movement that is meeting resistance, and like you said use their pushing as momentum.

    These are things I fail at doing.

  3. "Repeating the same thing expecting different results."... i thought that was the definition for crazy :)

  4. haha, Yea thats def the definition of crazy! Great post.
    Those O shit moments after someone shows you a simple detail are the best. Thinking you are stupid for those 10 minutes and the o shit moment combined are awesome for your progress!