Mar. 21 Grappling
Drill - Closed Gd -> Shin Gd -> Kimura. I reject Joe Rogan's statement that the Kimura is only a strong man's submission.
Spar - "Attack of the White Belts" Five minute rounds, one guy in Top Guard, the other guy on Bottom Guard. Then switch positions. After that, switch partners.
First spar was with the guy I'd drilled with, who gave a too-cool-for-school vibe. He went balls to the wall, exertion-wise, and quickly tired himself out. He fell to two Arm Triangles.
Second spar was with a guy who maybe weighed 130 lb. So I Arm Triangled him once to show I could, then went to coaching mode - he was very new. I taught him Guard Pass & that he needs to not extend his arms out straight from Bottom Guard.
Third spar was with one of the Old Hands from our school. We had a great roll. He hit a loose Triangle (damn!) & I postured and fought out of it. I fought off a Kimura by crowding him. He hit a funky Switch-type Reversal that took me off my base - very surprising. At one point, I Old School reversed him & took his back. Nobody got submitted. Great fun!
Fourth spar was with a yoked new guy, who I maybe had some pounds on. Again, with the Arm Triangle. After that, I did a bit of coaching. Then, in another spar, he went to his feet & got me in a Ten Finger Guillotine. I refused to tap, turned my head, handfought & escaped, but it was a close thing. Overconfidence is a bitch.
A good night. The only downside was that, during my warmup, I grabbed a 30 lb KB & did a couple of Windmills with it, and jacked my right shoulder. That was my good shoulder. Hopefully, it heals without drama.