When I first started trying to improve my guard passing, I didn’t realize just how important grips were (both getting them and breaking them), and now it’s something I understand, but sometimes I still lose focus. After my final roll with Havoc in the advanced class on Wednesday night, The Professor told me to get back in his half-lasso guard, then he asked me “What’s the first thing you need to do?”, and I answered “Break his sleeve grip”, then he asked “Can you pass while he still has it?”, and I said “No”, then I asked him “Did I do that?” (thankfully he didn’t nickname me Urkel ;), and he responded with something to the effect of “Yes, that’s why you were swept”. Sometimes I feel overwhelmed when I roll with people like Havoc, which is no excuse for bad technique, but at least I had the correct answers to Greg’s questions, even though I didn’t exhibit that knowledge when I was sparring.
Professor Greg didn’t participate in rolling on Wednesday, so he watched us train, and there were only five students, so only two pairs were going at once, and I’m nervous whenever anyone watches me roll, but especially when it’s the head professor in charge! I was really trying to be technical and not do anything stupid, and I obviously failed at that, but it’s hard to fix mistakes you don’t even realize (or remember) that you’re making, so it was a effective reminder for me to be ever-vigilant about grip fighting.