Tonight, we continued to go over the lasso guard and a few variations of a sweep. We also went over a defense to this type of guard and a guard pass. Julian was teaching and it was an overall good lesson.
Now listen, I like fundamentals as much as the next guy. I’m enjoying the 7pm-8pm class, because it exposes me to new variations to some more common situations. Before I joined Fighting Chance, I wasn’t using the lasso guard and sweep as much as I should have been. Well, there was that era…but that’s past now. I’m thankful for the fundamentals class. I really am and that’s why I attend them. I wouldn’t have it any other way.
But really, the fun starts at 8pm, when we open things up for either open mat or some sort of a controlled open mat. Tonight, Julian suggested we have three guys out in the middle to start and then three guys challenge them. Each match would go to submission and whoever wasn’t on the mat rolling would have to wait on the side.
I’m sitting there like, “Easy.”
Well, if it was so easy, why did I get the best workout at this place so far? If I had all that time to break and relax on the side, why did I pretty much have to forfeit my last few matches. I’ll tell you why – because I was seriously whooped.
It’s a very fair way to get a workout in Jiu-Jitsu and I’ll explain what I mean. If you start out as one of the first guys out there, fighting to submission, your first few matches might go pretty well. Say you win the first one and the second one – and the third one, but then, as you’re rolling your third one, the exhaustion of the second one starts taking its toll. By the fourth one, you’ve pretty much had it and the fresh guy who just walked out there has his way with you. You beat him eventually, but the fifth guy picks you apart and it’s your turn to rest.
You get about 5-10 minutes to catch your wind (doing some push-ups along the way) and you’re semi-fresh for the guy who’s in a sweaty mess, laying on his back out in the middle of the mat. You may have good luck, or you may not, but one thing’s for sure, you’re both pretty tired. By the end of the hour, everyone is sitting around wondering what just happened. Well, that’s what I was doing anyway.
Needless to say, I’ll be feeling this in the morning.
When I first started heading up to St. Augustine, I thought the ride was going to get to me. As it turns out, it’s not so bad. The ride up is worse than the ride back – that’s for sure. During the ride up, the sun is to my left and I have to have the visor down and angled correctly. I also have to compete with a good amount of people on the road.
On the way back, I’m driving in the dark and besides the trucks, there’s not so many people out there. I get to crank up the music and open the windows and enjoy the 72 degrees Florida has to offer. I’ll tell you, I’m not minding the evenings around here. And to show you how pleased I am with them, I took a blurry picture of the Palm Coast off-ramp at night. Enjoy.