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Jiu-jitsu Month 14

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So far, getting to turtle has been my game. At 152 lbs and the lightest 5

percent of the beasts in the gym, I end up at the bottom 90 percent of the time

during sparring, usually from an initial takedown. The moment when the guy

passes my legs or when I feel less pressure underneath if he has already been

bearing down from a side, I would get to my shoulders and switch legs to get to

my elbows and knees. As I have done it so many times, it has become fast and a

habit. The turtle is a powerful position with a lot of options.

 

Recently, however, I started to see people doing it to me. Knowing the traps

from almost every angle, I found no good way to attack. At the top, I was lost.

I went back to Henry's 38 videos on the topic to go over the options for the

person at the top and was surprised to find that I had missed a few. One of

them, to pull my partner's hip to turn him on his back, was exactly what I

needed. Not that this was going to solve all my problems at that position, but

it was one good option.

 

To attack, I've been looking at the scarf-hold and the leg-lock systems.

At the first glance, the scarf-hold looks like a strongman move but it is

a macro position in itself that involves a lot of leverage a smaller guy 

can learn to apply. There, his odds are better than at the mount position,

I believe. I will try everything from Henry's videos on this topic and make

it my main attack. The leg-lock is known as the great equalizer. Actually a

small guy in many cases has an advantage over a big guy. I have discovered

coach Zahabi (and of course Danaher) and been trying out his ashi moves.

 

After many injuries and recently watching coach Zahabi, I decided to stop going

100% against the big boys all the time. Instead, I am going to drill more with

my partners, starting from a certain position, e.g. One year of tough fights has

prepared me psychologically. These days, I feel less eager to prove myself but

more interested in learning. As such, I started to notice little things, after

having done them wrong all the time, e.g., to go to the side for the double-leg

takedown, to clasp the butterfly legs to pass, to step over when my knee is

pushed in a scissors sweep, etc. It is fascinating because I am no longer as

overwhelmed.

 

On a sad note, Jiu-jitsu, while flourishing world-wide, seems being priced out

of the SF bay area. I remembered giving up after two months driving to Santa

Cruz in 2017 for Gracie Combatives classes. Ralph Gracie Mountain View since has

moved down to Almaden. And after five years, there was still not even one

Certified Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Training Center on the peninsula. The founder and

head coach of our Redwood City gym, Eric has since moved to Houston and opened

his second school there. Come to think of it, my former coach Gene's abrupt end

at the gym was partially due to the plague of money sapping the diversity of

talents in the Golden State.

 

By the end of the month, Gene was moving back to Rhode Island, his hometown, to

launch his own academy after 15 years in the SF bay area. I came to know him

when he helped at Tim's first fight in 2019. Since I joined the adult class last

year, he paid special attention to keep me, a 49-year-old feather-weight newbie,

safe. He awarded my first two stripes and along with those videos, kept me on

the mat for the toughest year. Many former students stopped by his place to say

goodbye. When we commiserated over artists fleeing the area, "Something is going

to give." he said.

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7grizzly 回複 悄悄話 回複 '暖冬cool夏' 的評論 : Thank you, 暖冬, for reading and spotting 'saping.' I'll run my posts through a spell-checker from now on.

With tension built up, one thing or another is going to break, that I think was what he meant by 'Something is going to give.' The 'give' means 'yield or give way to pressure' and takes no objects.

Indeed, it felt unfair to such a nice guy and definitely a loss for the community.
暖冬cool夏 回複 悄悄話 I just recently picked up the word "commiserate":))
"Something is going to give."--"Something is going to give up." or ??
saping--sapping?
Must be sad for you to see Gene leaving. Rents in the Bay area must be very pricey, when JJ classes need quite some space.
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