Rich is, hands down, one of my favorite guys to roll with. Since he’s lighter than I am, he has to rely on technique, which, through the years, he’s become quite proficient at demonstrating. Not to toot his horn or anything, but he’s thoughtful and careful in what he does. I actually see him think on the mat and I swear, that’s what’s going to make him great. He also has a patience and willingness to learn that is very pleasant to be around.
Today, Rich and I followed our instructor’s lead when he asked us to flow roll during class. We decided that it would be beneficial to show some of what a more relaxed side of Jiu-Jitsu looks like, while not taking too much of the reality out of it.
In the first video, I asked Rich to go ahead and just tap me out. I cooperated with him along the way because I wanted him to enjoy what he was doing. I was also getting some very valuable practice myself – the practice of letting go to the benefit of my partner.
In the second video, Rich and I swapped roles and I took the submissions. About half way through, I suggested that we just trade taps for a while as we rolled lightly. It worked out very well and I was kind of disappointed when we were through. I’m telling you, I can do this stuff all day.
By the way, I had to add music to this video because there was conversation going on in the background. I needed to muffle it.
Jiu-Jitsu Flow Rolling: Jay and Rich
Jiu-Jitsu Flow Rolling: Jay and Rich – 2