Good Class: Sub-par Roll

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Monday, we worked on hip movement, guard passes and a hip toss. The first exercise was a hip toss. I haven’t been thrown that much in a long time. However, the good news is that I can still fall correctly without being injured.

Our second drill consisted of all of us laying on our backs and then Smiley would walk left or right. We had to follow him by rocking and rotating our hips. We had to keep our head and feet off the ground. The purpose of the drill was to make sure that we always have our legs in the proper position to defend someone trying to pass our guard while standing up. 

The remainder of the drills were guard passing techniques. The main drill consisted of grabbing the gi pants of the person between their knee and groin, folding them into a ball and then “driving” them left or right. Then we insert the knee over the leg that’s on the ground and step around for the pass.

I have to admit that by the middle of class I was just holding on. When it was time for rolling I had a sub-par performance with Big K. I could barely defend and was only able to hold out just long enough that it didn’t seem like I was pitiful.


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