Super useful fundamental

I’ve definitely learned the importance of underhooks. Today, it was really driven home, explicitly, by one of our head professors. He taught how to fundamentally fight for underhooks from both standing and while positioned for side-control. For example with both underhooks while standing, you can bear hug, off balance your opponent via shoulder shrug, and then […]

Getting schooled

got schooled

I was watching the head professor teach intently. He was showing us the move 3 cycles in. Suddenly he called my name and asked what the next step is. I went for idiot mode, gave an idiot grunt, and then proceed to answer incorrectly. He didn’t embarrass me or anything. I think we were both […]

Open Mat Sundays

After a slough of unfortunate circumstances that lead to the result of my extended open-mat hiatus, I finally made it back. Not many people here today, but it gave me an opportunity to work on my incredibly flawed fundamentals. Here are the biggest takeaways today: Controlling the Side Control Make sure to under-hook asap. Losing […]

White belt 2nd stripe

A bunch of people got striped today, including me.On the one hand i’m jealous because a bunch got 2 stripes at once and I feel like i’m better than them, but on the other hand I definitely feel inept to have even 2 stripes; the morning classes, because the no stripes beat on me all […]

The Tonka sweep

So today we learned a sweep from half guard. I’m not quite sure what the official name is… something about half-guard belly sweep? Either way, it’s pretty easy to setup and execute. I’m looking forward to trying this out in practice. In the meanwhile, I still can’t pass closed guard…. Was trying to do it […]

Guard passing principals

Instead of going to open mat, I thought I’d let my joints recover for the weekend; If I just straighten my right arm out to hand, it hurts.. That doesn’t seem right lol. Anyway, I spent some good time today Youtubing guard passing principals and guard retention, because that is something I need great improvements […]