Today I lucked out and got 90 minutes of rolling with Robert. It was gi, so I was hot, but I was only conscious of that for the first 5 minutes or so. His guard is tough to pass, I keep getting triangled, and he likes kneebars. What else can I tell you? Oh, I tapped him once-- thanks Tom, you're right, Americanas are much easier from side control, though that isn't to say they're easy. Of course I tapped many times myself, usually to an armbar, but not once (I don't think) to the ankle lock or kneebar. I did successfully forward-roll out of the omoplata, which he turned into a kimura, boohoo. I have yet to manage a RNC on this booger. I need to remember to stop trying for it when I'm on his back and wait until I have him sitting between my legs on the ground- otherwise, he just shoots each leg backwards to get rid of my hooks and then rolls me around his torso. Don't know if that makes sense?!
OH OH OH-- almost forgot-- I "invented" something, surely it's been done a million times, but I've never seen or read it, and it came to me by accident. I was in rear mount, sitting on the mat in front of him, defending an RNC. He had each of his feet grapevined around each of my legs. Somehow, I maneuvered his legs with mine such that I ended up crossing his at the ankles, yet sandwiched between my own legs, so he didn't notice my ankle lock until I started putting pressure on him.Let me clarify-- I don't think I invented the ankle lock itself! I meant I maybe invented the means to force them into crossing their ankles. Robert is far too clever to actually cross his own ankles (and now that I did it once, he'll probably never let me get away with it again.)
I did almost get the armbar on him too.
Tomorrow, looks like I get an hour with him in gi at 9am, and hope for another session of no-gi with Tom at 7pm. I definitely come home hungry! But I'm trying to lose weight, so I'm trying to have discipline. Today I had half a banana, about 12 oz. of grilled chicken breast with lemon and capers, some spinach salad with pears, raspberries, blue cheese and pecans, and two oatmeal-raisin cookies. Yeah, yeah, not perfect, but good regardless.