July 1, 2014
As I’m up at 6am for the second half of the Belgium V USA World Cup game so I thought what better way to spend half time than to update the English blog!
Yesterday night’s regular class was a lot of fun – Hayakawa sensei is still in Korea I believe so class was down to Shimyo sensei who showed us some sweeps revolving around the double ankle sweep – as usual pretty useful stuff! The success of these sweeps came down to minimising the space between you and your opponent; easier said than done when the guy has control of both your ankles! Practice makes perfect though I guess 🙂
Reversing the ankle sweep
I’ll be going to class this morning too at 10:30 despite the early start with the football – hope I’ll be able to keep my eyes open!
November 1, 2013
Hayakawa sensei teaching some knee trap sweeps
Welcome to November! I can’t believe that with another two months we’ll be saying goodbye to 2013 – this year certainly has flown by…. still, with the summer firmly over and the cooler weather upon us, training at Triforce is a lot easier – particularly if you’re a salaryman who needs to wear a suit to work after training 🙂
Today’s class focused on quick sweeps from the closed guard as your opponent stands. The basics of the technique centre around pinching the opponent’s knees, robbing him of stability before manipulating his sleeves for the sweep. Hayakawa sensei showed us three variations of the sweep, of which the second one worked for me the best – should your opponent have a strong base, its possible to sit up, in turn hugging his knees before pushing off to the side for a takedown – this one works well for me because of my long legs – I hope I’m able to remember it for the future.
August 23, 2013
Masahiko Kimura drops by
There’s no denying it – Kenta san is looking more and more like Kimura Masahiko by the day! All he needs to do now is to begin working on his Ude Garamis and his Kimura locks to make the transformation complete!
August 16, 2013
It’s the Obon season now, meaning that a lot of guys have holidays – what better way to spend your free time than at the academy?! Something like 30 guys turned up on Wednesday to train, and we had something like 17 people today (Friday) turning up to practice.
Today’s class was headed up by Shimyo sensei, who was recently awarded his black belt by Hayakawa sensei – there’s talk of him making his black belt debut at a competition in the next couple of months – once the summer is out of the way!
Today’s technique focused on chokes from the top position. Shimyo sensei’s
instruction was really technical, focusing on rotating the wrists once you have grabbed the collar and also twisting your body to generate more choking power to get the tap.
August 5, 2013
With Triforce Ikebukuro closed for a summer break (a break being 4 days only) some of the Ikebukuro boys went down to Shinjuku to attend class. The Shinjuku studio is a great space; it has a long mat, which is great for drilling technique and sparring without bumping into other guys.
Lots of mat space at Shinjuku TF
Today’s class was all about half guard sweeps, some pretty novel ones at that. Shibamoto sensei showed us a sweep where from a shallow half guard he moved his left hand to control his opponent’s left wrist, then with his right hand he pushed his opponent’s knee away, breaking his balance. From there he elevated his opponent onto both of his knees before sweeping him over his shoulders, himself flipping over and finishing in his opponent’s half guard – as I was practicing it I thought it could fit well into my game – but god if it isn’t really painful on your neck if you mess the roll up!
Sawada & Sakamoto sans
June 4, 2013
It’s the 5th tomorrow which means the academy is closed for regular BJJ sessions, but will be open at 9am for the weekly yoga class. I’ve been attending this class since it started up a month or so ago and I’ll tell you now – Yoga works! I feel fractionally more flexible and have a little more confidence stressing out my right shoulder which has been a problem for me for a while since my neck injury – up to now the class has been a bit of a low key affair – usually 3 or 4 people turning up. I asked some of the guys if they would like to join in or not, with the common consensus being that 9am is a little too early!
Yasuyama sensei (middle)