Tonight, we did guard passing drills again. My first partner is always fun to spar with. He is slightly lighter than me and has the same build. Even so, he’s pretty strong for his size. I almost passed his guard, but he is very good at recovering guard. When it was my turn to be on bottom, it was the same outcome. We basically nullified each other’s game. I have to be careful with him, though, since he is one of the few people smaller than me that I regularly spar with. That me means I have to resist the temptation to use strength when going against him. I noticed that, at one point, I was able to simply shove him backwards onto his rear end so that he couldn’t advance past my guard. I wouldn’t have been able to get away with something like that if he were bigger than me. Of course, turn about fair play, the next guy I went against was bigger me. He had strong grips as well. Luckily, he wasn’t as experienced, so I was able to pass his guard twice when I was on top. From bottom, he was able to counter my attempts to break his posture. One of the times that he stood up in my closed guard, I was able to reverse him with an omoplata sweep to alligator roll. However, he did manage to get me into side control one time. I fought to recover guard, but he was too strong, and I didn’t feel like it was worth it to keep him from passing at all costs (even though that was technically the point of the exercise). In any case, had it been a regular match, I’m pretty sure I could have recovered guard or half guard with little effort, since he didn’t seem to have a good technical base. All he had on me was strength and size, which I am better able to deal with now than I was a few months ago.

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