I really enjoyed tonight’s class. I still have holes in my game, but I feel like I can now at least recognize the holes. Gracie University has already been a great help. I have finished the Gracie Combatives course, and have now moved on to the more advanced material in the Master Cycle course. I just started the blue belt stripe one lessons the other day, which is a total of sixty lessons. Each lesson is anywhere from 40 minutes to an hour, and you’re supposed to watch each lesson at least three times in order to ingrain the details in your brain. The videos are incredibly detailed, so it will take me a while to work my way through the lessons. So far, the most significant things I have learned from Gracie University are little tiny details about moves that I had learned at the gym, but could not use effectively in sparring. One of the things I learned just today allowed me to escape someone’s back take and get on top of their closed guard. It’s a move I’ve gone over in class on two separate occasions, the last time more than a year ago, but that’s it. The key thing I was missing was that you are supposed to post your foot on the mat behind you as you turn into your opponent. If you don’t do that, you will still likely escape the back, but only to wind up in the bottom of mount. In my opinion, that’s better than having your back taken, but still far from ideal.

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