In Ethridge Jiu-Jitsu yesterday, we worked on armbar defense (which I definitely need). It was all positional grappling, with the attacker’s goal being to armbar, and the defender’s goal being to not get armbarred. It was frustrating because I felt like there wasn’t anything I could do to stop Joe from putting me in an armbar, even when I was doing what I was supposed to do (keeping my arms close to my body, not reaching out or across, not isolating an arm inside his guard). Every ten seconds he would get hold of one of my arms, and it was like “Goodbye, arm!”. At one point I said to Amy “I didn’t do anything wrong, but I still got armbarred.”, and she agreed that I hadn’t done anything wrong, but she also pointed out that I didn’t get armbarred, I escaped.
I guess I felt like once Joe got me in position for an armbar I had already failed, even when he wasn’t actually able to submit me with it. I don’t want to always be escaping from submissions, I want to be able to stop people from putting me in them in the first place! I asked Amy what else I could possibly do, because I felt like I was doing the best I could, but it still wasn’t good enough.
On the bright side, even though he kept getting hold of my arms, he only submitted me about three or four times yesterday, and he had to fight for each one. In the last Ethridge class he tapped me out seven times, so I was able to cut that in half, which is a definite improvement. Although I was disappointed in my armbar defense, I felt as though my overall grappling was good, and I got a few reversals on him which surprised me.
After class, Joe let me have my arms back, and at that point I kind of wanted to punch him with them, but because he knows Aikijujitsu (which he tested in after Ethridge class yesterday), I figured he would probably just grab my punch and put me in yet another armbar! I didn’t even go to the no-gi class at LBJJC afterward, because my armies needed rest after that battle.