Tuesday, September 14, 2010
Teaching on Saturday
Saturday was a great day at the gym. I taught class because Mike Nickels was still up in Canada (having sadly lost his fight the night before). I wanted to go over an interlocking series that hopefully would benefit the wide range of skill levels in the beginning class. I decided to go over the Eddie Bravo halfguard and lockdown sweeps. I like these because half guard is easier to get than full guard, so the position comes in handy. Many students feel that getting a full guard doesn't do them any good, so they prefer half guard. I don't know if I'd go that far. I definitely feel safer in full guard. Nevertheless, half guard and lockdown offer a lot of possibilities. What was funny is that I saved one kind of weird sweep for last. It's called the Godfather. After I had done the whole class, I demonstrated that as a possible option for when you are flattened out in halfguard. I didn't think much of it, but everyone wanted to see the details and go over it more than all of the other moves. I guess you just never know what is going to appeal to the class. When I rolled afterwards, I was very fatigued early because I'm recovering from a cold. What I noticed is that it made me reluctant to work from the bottom. I guess this means I don't trust my guard as much, or I use too much energy while I'm down there. That will be something for me to work on. I also don't feel like I'm getting enough subs from the bottom. Plenty of sweeps, but not subs.