More adventures in Thailand: A large sidecar attached to a moped AKA a tuk tuk. No windshield, no windows, no doors. Just a wing, a prayer and a whole lot of wind in our faces all the way to Aonong. It’s like being on a roller coaster with no safety harness. I’m officially addicted. Can’t wait to get to a muay thai fight in Bangkok.
So in Thailand, hotels don’t leave little chocolates on your bed. They leave giant, gold-sequined muay thai boxing gloves that say “lights” and “out”. I love this place!
That’s right. Judo!!! My ribs are still a problem off and on so instead of letting big people sit on and squish me I’ve decided that for the moment I’d prefer to let big people throw me. It’s been a lot easier on my ribs so far, no pain after class other than standard soreness so I’ll be working on my throws and takedowns for the next few months. We still do a little groundwork so hopefully my jiu jitsu won’t get too rusty. Over the summer when I’ll have a lot more time to train (and recover) I’ll definitely go back to rolling. But for now: randori!
Hey there! Sorry I took so long to respond but I finally got around to testing my new Hemp Ecstasy gi. So far I love it. It’s definitely thinner than the last gi I had so I’m a little cooler when I’m training and the material is less coarse so it’s more comfortable to move around in. The arms and legs are shorter than I’m used to but I think that’s just because my last gi was too big for me. The only thing I didn’t like was that the gi reeked of moth balls when I first got it. I had to wash it twice and hang dry it outside to get the smell out.
Yep, I got to class not once but TWICE this week. And of course it feels great to be back. It especially feels good when your sensei asks you who you’ve been rolling with while you were gone because you’re still in good shape and remember some basics. :-)
Hahaha! Yeah, not a good place to be.
What? Completely disagree. I think if one party is much bigger and/or much more advanced they should pull guard/play bottom to start at least.
Please don’t let the 250 lb guy insist on top. That means I’m effed bc he is going to play hard and to his strength/size advantage.
A big guy going guard is more likely to mean he understands how to make this a good train for both of us, or at least give you a shot.
I don’t want a big guy on top of me if I can help it, thanks.
I get how this is meant in a playful, uh oh this guy is big AND has a bottom game but my knee jerk thoughts were pretty strong.
Yes, yes, someone who’s significantly larger than you should definitely try to pull guard or play open guard and let you try to pass. Being squashed and smothered by someone much bigger than you isn’t much of a learning experience. But if they try to pull guard I hope to be quick enough to not let them succeed. If they do I consider that a fail. And it’s a frustrating pain in the ass to get out. The guard passes that I’ve been taught require you to stand up which is harder when the person dangling from your waist has the weight advantage. Just saying.
Hahaha! Yeah, not a good place to be.
IT’S FINALLY HERE!!!!!!
Oh yeah, one more thing. I added this to my off mat training. My first ride after about a 20 year hiatus was, um, interesting. But the old saying is true. You never forget. You just get rusty. Ha!
I trained three times last week while I was on vacation and even got to class this past Wednesday. I would have trained today but my shoulder was a bit achy after my vacation week and got worse after class this Wednesday so I’ve decided to chill until next week.
Training has been going great despite my shoulder. I’ve been completing triangles, americanas and arm bars like never before! EXCITING!!! There are also so many new women in class! (Could that be why I’ve been getting more submissions??? Lol.) Sensei’s wife started training and several women from the kickboxing and judo classes are now taking BJJ. I couldn’t believe it when seven women appeared in class last Wednesday. Plus I brought a female friend of mine to class which made eight. I’m pretty sure that’s a record for our school!
I’ve been tweaking my diet and working on some other aspects of my lifestyle and so far they seem to be paying off. I’m still weighing in at 95+ and my shoulder’s recovering pretty quickly. Anyway, on to last Wednesdays technique.
Arm bar from closed guard:
This one is pretty straightforward. I’m going to try it out while rolling next week. Start by grabbing your partner’s right arm. Reach over their bicep and grab their tricep with your right hand. Secure their forearm with your left hand or arm and drag their arm across your body until it’s to the right of your belly button. Uncross your feet and place your left foot on their right hip. Lift your hips (to reduce friction), push on their hip with your foot and pivot your body until your torso is perpendicular to theirs. Clamp down on their back with your right leg then swing your left leg over their head and clamp down behind their neck. Move your hands to your partner’s wrist and make sure their thumb is pointing up. Press your legs downward and lift your hips to complete the arm bar.
One more piece of news: I gave my notice at work this week. In another month I’ll be done with 10-11 hr work days that don’t leave me much time for training or anything else for that matter. So what’s next for me? Teaching! I’ll be teaching math, health and physical education at a private middle school this fall. Can’t wait!