The competition is over and in the bag – We spent 9 hours at the Komazawa Olympic park, cheering on the competitiors (thanks to all who came and supported!!) and also giving a good account of ourselves in the fights – for a break down of all the results and comments, click here.
Another awesome class Friday morning – Miyamoto sensei headed up the class, and he took the opportunity to show us some rescue sweeps just as your opponent is about to pass your half guard – difficult for me because a) my half guard is terrible and b) long legs = a less than tight half guard!
We had a good hours sparring, which was our last heading into the Tokyo international compeition, which is held this Sunday, 28th – I’m entering and as usual, nerves are rampant!
Thanks to Itoigawa sensei who spent some time with me showing a simple but super effective takedown – I hope I get the chance to use it!
Training has been pretty hard core recently, what with the Tokyo International tournament coming up on Sunday 28th – I for one trained late last night, and also early morning today, making for some sore limbs after class! Technique focused on some fundamentals which I really needed to go over again – both yesterday night and today, we worked on full guard and how to pass the full guard – a lot of guys in competition like to pull guard quickly and then work for sweeps / submissions, so having a good passing game can really be a benefit – for me, it just makes me confused about which to go for!
I’m kind of looking forward to this competition – the number of participants is about 400, so there should be a great atmosphere – I will compete in the middleweight blue category, however due to there being no opponent for my age category, I have decided to compete in the next category up, which is 88kg and under – lots of extra portions for me up until fight day!
A large number of guys turned up to train yesterday, of which 90% were blue belts. A great class with some effective back grabs to rear naked techniques – this followed by 45 minutes or so of sparring. Bring on the same tomorrow!
Tuesdays and Thursdays have two regular classes running – the stripped down version beginning at 18:15 and lasting for one hour, and its longer 90 minute cousin, which begins at 21:00 – sandwiched between them is the beginner class, which starts at 19:30.
The 18:15 class is usually quite busy, so imagine my surprise when class begun with 3 participants, plus Hayakawa sensei. This however made for a really informal lesson where Hayakawa sensei could give us more information on the techniques he was showing us.
Techniques focused on recovering the guard position – definitely something taller guys like me need to work on! After running through 2 or 3 techniques we finished off with 30 minutes of sparring- quite tiring when there is only 3 participants…..!
November 1st – cooler weather means easier training! I don’t mind training before work (having to wear a suit) if it’s not too hot – Today was a comfortable 15 degrees, so easy to practice.
Today’s techniques focused on the De La Riva guard / sweeps – pretty useful if you have longer legs! I’ll make sure to think about these in future sparring sessions.