I had a couple of great days of training in a row at Lincoln BJJ, with the beginner no-gi class on Sunday, and the advanced gi class last night. Even though I usually only make it to about one no-gi class per month, I feel like my abilities in no-gi have been basically keeping up with my gi skills (but I don’t know that many leg and foot subs), and lately I’ve become a lot more comfortable training without a gi.
For no-gi on Sunday, Sir Conan had us working on triangles and armbars from Shawn Williams guard, which is a position I haven’t had much experience with, but I think it might be a good fit for me. I didn’t have any success with it on Sunday, but during my final roll last night, I was able to set it up on my partner, then Professor Greg saw me doing it and came over to coach me, but instead of going for the triangle or armbar (like I had practiced), I went for an omoplata (and I think I came somewhat close to getting it), then my partner was able to roll, but I just stayed with him and ended up on top. At that point Greg told me “triangle or armbar”, and I wanted the former, but I couldn’t get my leg around his head, so I went for the latter, and I actually got it! I don’t believe that my partner resisted as much as he could have, but that was the first time I’ve ever submitted him, and it was rewarding to end the night by tapping out a fellow blue belt in front of The Professor, especially when I started from a position that I’d only learned the day before.
I didn’t get submitted at all during rolling on Sunday, and I only remember tapping once last night (to Sorcerer Jerad), so even if I hadn’t gotten a rare sub myself, the past couple of days were still better than average for me. Professor Greg also had us working on the tripod and sickle sweeps in the advanced gi class yesterday, which are the two techniques that comprise my favorite open guard sweep combination, so I thought that most everything about both of the classes was pretty groovy!
“You can always tell when the groove is working or not.” -Prince