I'm out for a while. Not sure how long yet. Fingers numb/tingly. Achy trap. Spamsy pec. Dull pain. Flaring herniated c5-c6 almost certainly the cause. Not much I can do about it. Taking muscle relaxers and trying not to get too bummed out. Been here before. Twice. First time kept me off the mats 6 weeks. Second time almost 3 months. But both times I made it back. It will pass again this time, I'm sure. Can't wait to get back on the mats.
My 14-yr old boy joined the adult beginner class tonight. He took a one hour intro last week, but tonight was the first night in a mixed class. He did really well and I'm super duper proud of him. I hope he sticks with it. If anyone has any advice on how to gently encourage him to continue, I'd love to hear it. Thanks.
I'm behind on my posts, I know. I went to the Long Beach Pyramid for high expectations of a solid performance at the Master/Senior Worlds a few weeks back. It didn't happen. I botched my guard pull (landed in half guard) and it was down hill from there. Lost 3-0. My opponent went on to take Gold, handily, and earned his Purple on the medal stand. Good for him.
Poor performance at Worlds notwithstanding, Master Saulo found me worthy for promotion the day after my loss. This past Saturday was my first tournament at Purple Belt. Had four fights at the Louisiana Open in New Orleans. Scored over 50pts. My opponents scored 0; not even an advantage. I caught one guy in my division final (choke from back).
I got tapped by the Ultra Heavy champ in the Open final after being up either 3 or 5-0. I was in top have and basically put my skull in a vice grip. He's a very large, strong, southern boy. He got a hold of my head in a modified head lock and started squeezing. I wasn't choking but the pressure and pain was intense. My neck felt threatened. I calmly thought through my options. Pain? No problem. I can put up with it. But how long would I have to wait until he let go? But what if instead of letting go he started cranking and twisting? Good chance my neck would be jacked. What if I tried to muscle out? Good chance I'd hurt my neck. So I tapped.
Overall I'm very pleased with my first performance at Purple Belt. Looking forward to Grappling X in San Diego next month. And the IBJJF Fall Open in December.
8 mats. Packed house. Great tournament.
Plenty of knee on belly this tourney. Getting quite comfortable with sweeps and passes to knee on belly.
Last week I had the great honor to be promoted to Faixa Roxa by Master Saulo Ribeiro. I have to admit that I'd hoped to stay Blue a bit longer (I've only trained 2.5yrs), but have to trust in the good will of my instructor.
If I compare myself to others my age/size (when sparring) and consider my competition record, then I'm very comfortable with the promotion. But my "game" is pretty narrow. I have a real hard time with many positions that I would think should be basic for purple belts. So after I get back from NOLA next week I have decided to focus on those weaknesses. It's time to broaden my base and improve my overall game.
I plan to start with closed guard. Instead of avoiding closed guard or opening my guard as soon as possible, I will fight to get to closed guard and keep it there as long as possible to work subs and sweeps. Once I've developed something that resembles a competent closed guard game I'll move on to half guard. That's my plan anyhow.
Here's a video of the promotion ceremony, including two Black Belts. My highlights are at 10:45 (promotion) and 19:25 (gauntlet)
Spent a brief hour on the mats tonight. First time since Saturday and last time until Master/Senior Worlds on Sunday. Overall, I feel great and ready to fight. I'm determined to leave it all on the mats. I'll fight with extreme aggression and tenacity. I will not beat myself. I wouldn't want to be standing across the mat from me on Sunday. OSS.