Tonight was a real marathon. We basically did nothing but spar for three hours straight! The class officially goes from 7 to 8:30, but the coach said that those who didn’t have to leave should spar until 9. I didn’t want to look like a wuss, so I stayed. It seemed like we were going for a really long time, and when I finally got a drink of water and looked at the clock, it was 9:45! We probably went for another 10 to 15 minutes after that before calling it quits. That’s three hours of sparring! Luckily, I’m on vacation, so I don’t have to worry about going to work on Wednesday. In terms of my performance, I definitely had my moments. I only submitted one guy, a white belt, but I was able to get to a lot of advantageous positions and nearly submitted a blue belt with a crucifix. It was an interesting exchange. I initially got him into an omoplata, but he tried to pull out, so I caught his other arm. He was a bit too heavy for me, which made it difficult to finish the move, but I had him going for a while there. I am really starting to like omoplatas. The only problem is maneuvering into position. I often find that I still have difficulty transitioning from sitting guard to the type of closed guard required to pull off the move. This is the main thing that is halting progress in my bottom game. If I can improve in that area, I should be able to drastically reduce the frequency with which upper belts pass my guard.

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