The Roy Harris BJJ over 40 iPhone app seems to really be paying off. I went for a second straight class without being submitted. Granted, the first guy was a blue belt who was going easy on me. However, he was still putting me in bad positions and working for submissions, so I think my defense would have still been effective, even if he had gone harder. The second guy was a two stripe white belt who had zero interest in going light. He had me in about every bad position there is, including taking my back, but I was able to neutralize everything he was doing. He did come close to sinking in a choke from behind, but ended up with his arm around my face instead, trying to suffocate me with his forearm. I thought about tapping, but it didn’t seem like a legitimate submission, so I held out, and he finally gave up and moved to side control (an odd choice if you ask me. If I were him, I would have stayed with the back. I think he just got too impatient, which worked to my advantage). At one point, when I was in his guard, he tried the same brabo choke stuff that the guy on Wednesday tried, but I had watched the Roy Harris video again in the meantime, and realized that the brabo isn’t as much of a problem as I originally thought, as long as you are in correct posture and keep your head down (to block him from getting his arm under your chin). He still managed to sweep me backward, which probably means that I still need a few tweaks to my base. On the plus side, even after he swept and mounted me, he wasn’t able to get anything. The key will be to continue to perfect my defense until not even the higher belts can tap me. I have no idea how long that will take, since I don’t often get the chance to roll with anyone higher than blue belt right now, but I think I’m off to a good start. Come to think of it, even if all I ever get good at on the ground is defense and escape, that still gets me back to my feet where my previous martial arts training would come into the picture. The guy that went hard on me tonight just so happened to be one of the guys I nailed with an osoto gari throw (my specialty) during sparring at the Judo bootcamp, so I know I would have a great advantage on the feet, even against the more advanced jiu jitsu guys, provided they hadn’t (like me) crossed trained in either Judo or wrestling (which is not uncommon, especially in the case of wrestling).

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