Tonight was a vivid reminder that I need to make it a point to go against people with more skill than me during sparring in order to keep progressing at a healthy pace. During guard passing drills tonight, while I ended up in stalemate with two of the more experienced white belts, I ran right through at least a half dozen white belts without hardly trying. Big, small, male or female, it didn’t matter. I took their backs, swept them, and even caught the last guy in an omoplata. The only thing they all had in common was that they all had less mat time than me (with one exception). That tells me I should try to make it a point to seek out more blue belts during sparring, if possible. Otherwise, it will be more difficult for me to spot the holes in my game. That’s right! I am actually getting to the point where I’m starting to see the beginnings of what I think will end up being my BJJ game. However, it’s still early on in the process, so I’m trying to remain open. The only thing I know for sure is that I have long legs, but not much upper body strength. That’s unlikely to change in the future. To me, that makes things like omoplatas, arm bars and triangles natural choices as my “go to” moves. Quite frankly, my triangles and arm bars still suck. Oh sure, I can land them on newbies every once in a while. But, that’s nothing to brag about. On the other hand, my omoplata is pretty decent (at least, for a white belt). I once even almost caught a blue belt with it. I also have a sweep and a few clinch moves from closed guard that are working pretty well for me. I’m just starting to think about how I can begin to string these moves together in a continuous attack.

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