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Wow! The drills that I have been doing in anticipation of class tonight paid off. I was able to pull off a butterfly guard sweep and had many near sweeps. I was also able to halfway implement the mount escapes that I have been working on for the past few days.
In the brief time between classes I was able to add elements to my game without live partners. Although I spent much of the night having my butterfly guard passed and having my sparring buddies gain side control, I was able to see definite improvements.
When I pulled off the butterfly sweep it felt like magic. Also I felt good when I was able to effectively offer resistance when mounted. Instead of stalling and waiting for the top guy to make his move before trying to escape, I began to shrimp and work different techniques in order to work my way back to guard. I proved to myself that solo drills (with video instruction) do help.
Oh yeah: My academy said they will soon be offering classes 5 nights a week. So I looking forward to that happening….
Note* My new Jiu-Jitsu gym bag also came in handy. I was able to bring in more items and not have them strewn all over the floor.
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