Tuesday night was competition class... a little unusual since Relson was holding a seminar on 2/3 of our mat space, so our routine was cramped a bit. Still, Donald pushed us harder than usual and it felt like a great workout. We worked on chaining some judo takedowns together, which reminded me I need to improve my seoi nages. *sigh* We also reviewed an armbar that I try to get regularly and just as regularly find myself missing a piece here and there.
Wednesday night was "just" a regular class but it was just what I needed to hear-- some guard retention-to-armbar or triangle stuff... then re-emphasis on gi chokes... then attacking the turtle. Relson taught a mini seminar the other day at the conclusion of lunch class, and happened to mention a few things I found helpful when I was defending the turtle.
During last night's class, we also covered an unusual ankle lock defense, and in chatting about it with my partner Zack, we kind of mentioned two ways of learning jits. One is attend class only so much that you're not overwhelmed, you can distinctly recall the moves taught and have time to drill them between times.. if that makes sense. The other is to attend as much as you like or as much as you can, and let the moves themselves get muddled together perhaps, but still be practicing the muscle memory of basic movements, which can be found in many specific moves.
I'm obviously one of the latter. Maybe it wouldn't work for some. Maybe I would learn jits faster if I trained less. Maybe whatever. But I find that I enjoy doing it the way I've been doing it. My ultimate goal isn't to be a world champion, or to learn jits as fast as possible. It's to have fun. Yeah, maybe sometimes I complain, so you might think it isn't fun for me.. but that's not so. I love training jiu jitsu and I feel like I'm missing something in my day when it is lacking at least some mat time.