Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Passing guard.

I owe a big long post of my weekend, but having driver issues between my netbook (which runs ubuntu) and my camera's memory card. Fortunately my friend Mark set the netbook up with an alternate boot option (windows, which does see the card) so I will get those pictures up tonight, after competition class (assuming I'm not completely destroyed, which I might be.)

Suffice it to say, it was a really lovely weekend, between helping my friend Zade celebrate his birthday and the pool party/BBQ on Sunday.. however, I did burn the candle at both ends and the middle in terms of getting less than enough sleep. Sooo...

Monday morning Vidush, Mark and I hit the mats for some training, and I was like a noodle. It was an almost-out-of-body experience for me. We didn't roll (Mark had a back injury flare up) but he was able to walk me through a variety of guard passes (and some submissions too) which were very appealing to me. I haven't trained since, but hope to apply them this evening.

Donald once told us that passing guard can be summarized as one of three basic techniques: stretch them out, ball them up, or corkscrew them. I find I get in trouble most when I ball them up, but Mark and Vidush did some tweaks to my halfguard posture and position that made even my ball-up moment there feel safer.

It's grey outside and though I got almost eight hours of sleep last night, I still feel a little slow.


A.D. McClish said...

Huh. That's a really cool way of explaining guard passes. Never thought of it that way.

Mark said...

Another thing I forgot to mention... Rickson Gracie told Carlos Machado a tidbit which he passed onto me, "The secret to passing the guard. Don't try to pass."

See ya!

The Part Time Grappler said...

Great breakdown. If you ball up, your usually safe but if someone else balls you up...uh oh! :)