Tonight, we continued to drill omoplatas, which is a move that I like, so I didn’t mind. I actually enjoy drilling more than sparring most nights, since drilling tends to be more focused on a single technique. In sparring, pure chaos can often occur, and it can be difficult to remember what you even did, making it difficult to take away any lessons from it. That’s partly why I write these notes on Facebook. I find that if I write about it immediately afterward, it forces me to think back on what happened while it’s still fresh in my memory. Speaking of sparring, I got to spar with three white belts and one blue belt. Friday’s are usually the only day of the week that I get to spar with so many white belts, so I tried to take advantage of the opportunity to work on offense. Even though I passed the guard of the blue belt as well, his defenses were so sharp, that I couldn’t sink in a choke before he finally escaped. However, I did catch one of the white belts in a triangle. He tried to posture out of it and also to stack me up, so I could tell that he was familiar with the basic defenses. It was a great opportunity for me to work on finishing the triangle against a resisting partner. I was able to use all the tricks that I had learned from Gracie University in order to prevent him from standing, break his posture, then sink in the choke. Say what you want about Rener Gracie and his views about online instruction, but his tips on triangle mastery are the most detailed of anything I’ve come across so far. In particular, most teachers only focus on triangle setups. Very few teachers really spend time showing you how to prevent people from escaping your triangle setup once you have it, which is what allows you to finish the move.