Sunday, 19 July 2009
The growth of Team Ryu in recent times has seen the Sunday class become a main feature of the week's schedule, often drawing as many numbers as the more traditional evening classes. The teacher is Paul Cudmore, who as we discussed in the previous post, is a BJJ Purple belt under Braulio with a great deal of experience in multiple martial arts.
The Sunday class started with Paul going through some movement drills. These included bridges, standing up from a butterfly-like position and returning, and some hip-through drills (i'm sure there's a better name but at the moment it evades me).
We then used these drills in a more realistic situation, using them to escape side control and gain a better position. Paul pointed out that while these techniques aren't 100% guaranteed to land you in a better situation, they are guaranteed to move your opponent, possibly setting up something else later down the line.
Working with Simon was beneficial to me, he's a big guy with a lot of talent that tends to pick up on technique easily, and is good for pointing out your rights and wrongs.
I found that while bridging, i was gaining my power from the wrong leg: where i needed to gain power from my left leg, my body wanted to take advantage of my stronger right leg. Working on the other side, i managed to use the correct leg (now the right one), and picked up the technique a little easier on this side.
After this was a little light rolling, with Simon using the open guard and myself trying to pass. The one time i did, he immediatley used the drill we'd been working in in class and returned to his original guard position: this is exactly how rolling should be!
Very good class, and the 10:30am start really sets you up for the rest of the day.
Until next time,