Professor Greg was not kidding when he said he was going to make me drill that one open guard sweep until I can do it in my sleep, because guess what we worked on in the advanced class yesterday! We practiced “my sweep”, and then the sickle sweep (which is the one I screwed up at the tournament).
When I was working on the sweeps with Greg yesterday, he had me practice the transition between the two of them a few extra times. They work well together, since they both start from the same basic setup, and it gives me a couple different options to chose from when I’m in that position. When it was Greg’s turn to do the sweeps, it seemed like he was trying to figure out what the next best option would be in the event that neither sweep is successful, so maybe that’s what he will have me working on next!
Before I started drilling those sweeps last week, my biggest problem was not with the sweeps themselves, but with the finish. There’s no sense in sweeping someone if you don’t end up in control of them, and that’s mostly what I did wrong at the competition. At the time, I didn’t even realize what my mistakes were on the sickle sweep, and I certainly didn’t know it would lead to me practicing open guard sweeps over and over again. All I have to say about that is…best mistake ever!
“Day after day I get up and I say, I better do it again.” -The Kinks