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This week in fundamental’s class on Monday, we reviewed the wall pin, knife defense to the heart area, Kimora from side mount. I realized mistakes made in timing such as in the wall pin and knife attack defense.

The wall pin. The attacker has the victim pinned on the wall by the shoulders. We were told to think of a Tug of war. When pinned, we were taught to push forward so that the aggressor would push back. When the aggressor pushes with a lot of force back, sliding on the wall was easier which helped execute the technique. Before, I wasn’t doing the setup very well.

Note to reader, never engage a person with a knife. If you could safely run away, run away. Any mistake could result in death or a bad injury.

Knife attack to heart defense. In being anxious, I had skipped a step from previous classes. After the knife hand was caught, the next part was securing the elbow. I wasn’t doing that. Being anxious, I wasn’t securing the elbow and going into a sloppy Kimora. A Kimora was a joint lock technique to dislocate or rupture an attacker’s shoulder. Without securing the elbow, the technique wasn’t very effective.

After reviewing the technique, step by step, I realized that once the knife hand was caught, I had a second to reach out to grab the elbow, I needed to slow down to make the grab, and execute the Kimora.

Kimora from side mount. Before the class, I didn’t have the background story. The aggressor was just thrown and your unable to get full mount, but end up in side mount. The professor demonstrated the technique starting from standing into a throw. The professor looked like he was smothering a fire with his body on the aggressor to secure the side mount pin. I thought that to be very effective and should be done like that after a throw. Pinned. Controlled. Patience. If the opponent used the arm to strike or push. If the arm was in the Kimora position. An L. Secure the arm in the Kimora lock. Scissor. Put leg over head. Lift. If not, don’t force any move.

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Will I continue after blue belt ?

I bet some of you are wondering. Yes. I will continue. I had thought about it. The truth, I know myself that I would regret quitting. Judo and Jiu Jitsu is in my blood. I think a lot about Jiu Jitsu outside the dojo, while driving or work.

How far? It’s really the next class. One foot in front of the other. The Gracie Black Belt is like climbing Mount Everest. It’s no easy task. Many have tried and failed.

One disappoint, I blame myself, I have failed in finding a group to train with and hang out with. Unfortunately, I sometimes appear like alone wolf but that’s not how I really am.

I’m having a hectic year. I can’t really write about the situation. I’m not happy about my attendance, but I will keep coming. I will bounce back. I’m trying to get back on routine. I need to toughen up mentally and get ready for the next level.

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This week in Jiu Jitsu, I read a candid confession of a black belt instructor that struggled with the Gracie way of eating. I totally understood. I too hadn’t fully adopted the methods either. Also, I had become worried about cancer. I was Interested in the Gracie Diet’s anti cancer benefits. I was motivated to try again. So, I started rereading the Gracie Diet book.

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October 1st was a good day. From now on, I believe that I will remember that October 1st is Helio Gracie’s birthday, without a reminder, and take time out of the day to give thanks and respect.

As usually, I made the morning fundamental class. It was clear that today was  a special day, Helio Gracie’s Birthday. The professor spent time talking about Helio on the mat and we all enjoyed the practice. There was an official celebration at the school in the evening.

To finish the day, I read a great post which revealed the person Helio was, as follows:

” Helio believed that street fights were created by cowards. ”
” Helio believed that Jiu Jitsu could be applied to all aspects of life.”
” Helio believed that perfect technique could over come size and strength.”
” Helio believed he was better than no one and could learn from everyone.”
” Helio believed that Jiu Jitsu made us more tolerant, compassionate, and humble.”
” Helio believed that we should be practitioners of Jiu Jitsu but of efficiency.”
” Helio believed he was not a fighter, but a teacher who fought for what he believed in.”.

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This week in fundamentals, we learned the knee on belly pin.

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This week in fundamentals, we learned the forward roll, side mount to full mount, guillotine choke defense #1, and defense against being choke while pinned against a wall.

Reference the forward roll, it took time to learn and required practice. I was trying to explain to a white belt but then a brown belt took over.  I tried to break it into steps. 1) one leg steps forward. 2) the opposite arm, hand touches the mat parallel to the front stepping foot but body width apart. 3) once the arm and leg were lined up on the mat, the other arm shot under the arm pit 4) roll over the shoulder. This part of class ended before the white belt had mastered any of it.

The side mount to full mount.  Great move. I emphasized to the white belt in using body weight against an opponent. ” Cien kilos.

Reference the guillotine defense # 1, I didn’t understand this until the third time it was taught.  An important point to remember was that the guillotine choke defense #1 has to be executed immediately.  Once the attacker wrapped the arm around the neck and BEFORE the hips came forward, that was the window of opportunity. If the hips came forward, it was too late for that defense, then one would have to move on to guillotine choke defense #2.

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Lately, free time was anything but routine. This week in Jiu Jitsu, I was able to attend advanced grappling. The focus of the class was foot locks and heal hooks, which were techniques on breaking the foot and ankle. As I heard the words of the Professor, I knew the class was going to be hard on the feet and ankles. I paired up with a gentle purple belt and a white belt.  A late arrival, a purple belt, paired up with me.It didn’t go well. I tapped myself out more than I had ever done before.  The ankles and feet were sore for a few days after and I did retain a lot. I felt that I was being pushed to the limit on every technique. I didn’t do any exercise or stretching for a few day afterwards. On the positive side, I have a very good understanding of heel hooks and I will never forget this day.

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