After the previous class, my right knee started to bother me. Nothing too serious. I think I just pushed my body a little too hard, and my knee decided to protest. I put ice on it that evening, but I was limping throughout the day on Saturday, and couldn’t bend my knee all the way. I kept icing it on Saturday, and started to feel better on Sunday. By the start of tonight’s class, I felt like my knee was more or less back to normal, but I didn’t want to push it. During sparring, I decided to play guard, in order to give my knee a break. Fortunately, I ended up sparring against two less experienced guys, so I didn’t have to worry about over-exerting myself trying to defend their attacks. I recently discovered that if I want to practice guard or offense, it is better to go against less experienced guys. Alternatively, if you want to practice defense, you go against more experienced players (who are probably going to pass your guard and dominate you anyway). I must say that it turned out to be a real confidence booster for me. Even though I wasn’t at 100%, neither of my partners offered the least bit of a threat to my game. I was able to pass guard, gain side control, and achieve mount on both of them without hardly trying. That gave me the opportunity to practice my mount control (which had been a little weak). I think I finally discovered the secret sauce of how to control someone in the mount without being rolled. Thanks to Rener and Ryron Gracie for their excellent Youtube video on this topic. It seems that my best submission so far is to establish mount, then pass my leg over one of their arms and under the back of their neck for the triangle choke. I caught both guys with that move, although I only made the first guy tap, since the second guy had rolled us off the mats, by the time I locked in the triangle diamond setup. I’m pretty sure I would have made him tap as well, if we had kept going. Here’s one thing that I found annoying about the first guy. When I suggested to the him that a weakness in his mount defense was that he was trying to push up with his arms (making his arms vulnerable to submission attacks), he tried to explain that it was a part of his strategy, and that it was meant to bait people into going for an arm bar against him so that he could push them over and get on top. Even though what he told me sort of made sense (in a white belt sort of way), I have yet to encounter a single BJJ black belt that advocates such a strategy. Furthermore, his exposed arm is what allowed me to sink in the triangle! I was going to tell him that, but he didn’t seem open to advice, so I stopped trying to give him any (who am I to give BJJ advice anyway?) and we continued the match. Not surprisingly, I was easily able to dominate him the rest of the match, given his poor defense skills. I guess some people like to learn the hard way.

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