We did a mixture of positional sparring and freestyle sparring tonight. The positional sparring was from the butterfly guard, probably the guard I use the least. I’m not sure why, but it’s not a guard I’ve been able to successfully incorporate into my game. I guess the positional sparring was good for me in that case, since it’s a position I normally avoid. I feel like certain moves and positions are becoming more natural for me, but I still seem to have a hard time with sudden transitions. One of the blue belts I sparred with is really good at this. He always seems to know what the next position is going to be before I do, so that he can position himself more favorably. At one point, I thought I had him, but then he maneuvered himself in such a way that he almost took my back. I could feel him going for the choke, even before he was fully on my back, so I quickly put my back on the mat, forcing him into a deep half guard. From there, I was able to do a waiter sweep, and get some momentum on my side. Unfortunately, he swept me again, and almost finished me with a Brabo choke, but fortunately, I saw it in time, and was able to take evasive action. I think I did OK against him, but I would have done much better if I didn’t mess up the reverse half guard pass that I tried against him. Both times I tried it, he swept me. I forgot to pull his top leg toward me while I scooting my hip toward his armpit, and because I forgot to do that, he was able to roll me over both times. Something to work on for the future.

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