Saturday, October 17, 2009


I love Saturday mornings!

I have class... and class again on Monday and Tuesday! ... Then I have to wait three days... and I get sad! lol

I wish I could stagger my classes a little better. Maybe trade Monday for Wednesday, but alas... Either way, it makes for a nice beginning of the week.

Today we learned another guard pass. Ben called it the "can opener". It pretty much seems a sure fire way it get your knee in, but then again, I was practicing with someone who was only on their second class... so I don't how easy it would have been with someone who knew what they were doing... and something tells me it may not be the best guard pass ever because I'm two months in, and I have never seen anyone even try and do it. I'm still going to try it a few times in a grapple to see how it goes.

One thing I have really been trying to work on the past few classes is staying calm while grappling, and taking a few seconds to catch my breath if I feel like I am getting too worked up. I hope I can make a habit out of doing that, and work it in to my game with out thinking about it too much. It does seem to be helping... I don't feel like dead weight at the end of class.


  1. Can-opener? That's normally illegal, I thought, if you mean grab the back of the head and pull it towards you?

    Also, neck cranking your training partners probably isn't going to make you many friends in class (though I guess it depends on the class).

  2. Yeah, they actually said not do the can opener by grabbing the head, and showed us a modified version of it using the gi to hold their chest down so you can stand up and get your knee in.