Last Class – Points and Submissions

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Last Thursday’s class was all about working from different positions. After the warm-up we took turns holding guard, being placed in side control, the mount and being mounted from the back. The person in the defensive position had to work their way out or reverse their partner while the person on top went for the submission.

This class was geared more toward competition. Ryan, one of the instructors and a purple belt, talked about the importance of being able to escape positions and to score points in a match especially if you become aware that the person may be better at BJJ. I know that goes against some of the purists ideas on competition and the reason for BJJ but from a competition viewpoint I can see the logic. 

After about 40 minutes of this type of sparring the call went out for rolling. I opted out as I was seeing stars. I am feeling the effects of gaps in practice. Since my promotion to Blue Belt I have only been to class 10 times in 3 months. Five or so weeks were due to my knee being injured and other times due to my writing and other professional commitments. I don’t skimp when it comes to BJJ and I go when my schedule permits but I hate being the guy that shows up every once in a while. I do know that I don’t want to join the Blue Belt Hall of Fame.

I guess I just have to reminding myself that it’s a journey for me and not a race.


2 thoughts on “Last Class – Points and Submissions

    Steve said:
    June 19, 2009 at 9:28 am

    I completely understand. I received my blue belt last June. Add helping my parents move, a family vacation and the birth of a 3rd child and I’ve been busy.

    Things ebb and flow, and you’re schedule will work itself out before long.

    jiujitsu365 said:
    June 19, 2009 at 9:39 pm


    I’ve been pretty lucky. Even when I was injured I was still able to go in once a wk to watch or on Saturdays with my nephews.

    You’re right, it ebbs and flows and that once or twice a week still adds up.

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