Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Triangles, Triangles, Triangles!

I love triangles.  I tend to catch them more than anything else due to the fact that I like to play from my back, as well as the fact that my legs are 20 foot long spaghetti noodles.  I have yet to meet a shoulder neck combination I can't get my legs around.  Obviously, I am talking about willing participants here.  

On top of that I have a gimped grip so I am relying heavily on my legs for pretty much everything right now.

Taking those things into consideration, I was pretty pleased that last night Fabio went over triangles... and by pretty please, I mean stupid over the moon happy.

He went over all those little things that make everything oh-so much more amazing.  For example where you grab the head to pull down, and the importance of hipping up.  

In other news, I was practicing MMA Jiu-jitsu last night.  Sadly, it was against my own will, and the will of those unfortunate enough to have had to grapple me.  I've mentioned in the past that I love to grapple Yeti.  He asked me if I wanted to roll after class last night, and I am not one to turn down a grapple... especially when the invite is from an awesome purple belt.  I am sure he regretted his offer though.  Not only did I close fist punch him in the mouth when I was trying to swim his neck, but I kneed him in the head... twice.  And worst of all, at one point I had a scissor sweep set up... (Yeti lets me work.)  It felt right at least.  I knew I was set up properly, but I didn't actually look at my leg placement.  The leg that should have been booted against his torso... was booted against his neck... and when I went to sweep I pretty much kicked him in the side of the neck.  Hard.

I am a douche bag, Yeti.  I know you never would, but please kick me in the neck next time you have the opportunity.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Bad chokes, bad!

Have a broken finger is doubly bad for chokes.  I have no grip, so I generally fail at all gi chokes.... that I know and can execute.  I know of a few chokes you can use someone's gi with one hand and choke them with it, however, those few aside, one handed grappling equals no gi chokes for me.

No gi chokes?!

It is also bad for me when I am being choked.  Generally, when I am being gi choked, I get a hold of my own collar, and try a multitude of ways to prevent the stoppage of my blood flow... But since I have no grip it would do me no good anyway, and would require me to stick my hand in to a place that is about to become extremely cramped and tight.  ...Not a good place for brokenness.  

I will say though, I am having to be creative and find other ways to try and stop chokes.  Some successful, some less than stellar.  Learning to grapple is all about the trial and error, and having no right hand is forcing me into a lot of the trial and especially error part....  it is just starting to annoy me that I am being choked all the live long day!

Monday, June 13, 2011

A shocking revelation...

My retarded side...  is retarded!


Where are all of her internal organs?  No really, where?

Against what everyone else seemed to think was my better judgement, I grappled tonight with a broken finger.  I wore my split, taped it up, and then wrapped my entire hand in an ace bandage.  I wanted to make sure it was as protected as I could get it.

Surprisingly, it didn't bother me.  I thought maybe the jostling and jolting may have been irritating, but it was fine.  I mean, I was also on kid duty tonight, so that may have played a factor.  50 pound 8 year olds can't really jolt me around.  (I did roll with Allie too, but she was more afraid for my hand then I was, so she had her kid gloves on with me.  =)  Thanks, Allie.)

Anyway, my point.

My right hand is the injured one, so I had to do everything lefty.  And omg, do I ever suck as a left handed grappler.  I know it is normal to have a retarded side, and everyone has one, but dang, is my retarded side ever retarded.  I don't think I did anything right on the first try during drilling, at all.  It was kind of frustrating, but I suppose in the long run working my retarded side is a good thing.

Oh, and have I offended anyone yet with my choice of non politically correct term?  Sorry, but the left side of my body is characterized by retardation.  It shows slowness and limitation in ability and development.  I suppose I could use the PC term, and say my left side is differently abled than my right, but saying my differenly abled side is differenly abled doesn't have the same ring to it.

Anyway!  To sum it all up...  I grappled with a broken finger, it didn't hurt, but I sucked. Bad.

The end!

Friday, June 10, 2011

Yup, she's broken...

Had my hand in a fist on the mat... Someone came down on it... knee first.  

I think I will still be able to grapple, just really badly.

The only annoying thing is typing... and uh... let's just say I am a righty and there are a few things I don't want any help with.  lol
I have a feeling this will be a short term problem, but long term annoyance.

But tape can fix it.... so I can grapple. =)

Monday, June 6, 2011

I totaled my car.

It was my first accident, and totally my fault.  

Thankfully though, no one was injured, and if the accident had happened two seconds later, I would have been t-boned on the driver's side.  The side where my three year old daughter sits.. and the car that hit us was an SUV going 45.  It could have been a million times worse, so I am just abundantly thankfully that no one got hurt.

My car is just a car.  Zaile is irreplaceable. 

Friday, June 3, 2011


Strive to find your inner janitor, and SWEEP!

This totally made me laugh out loud, and is how I feel about about my sweeps right now.  ...

Well, you know, for a white belt.  =)