Last week was in New Orleans - no training, just lots of walking, drinking & eating. What a city!
September 1 NoonJitsu. I rolled several rounds with Cesar. I took him down easily, but it was tough from there. He caught me 2X with Keylock/Americana. I'm going to keep rolling with this kid until I get this aspect of my game figured out.
EDIT - Also, this kid is tough & strong, so I can use him to practice pressure, smothering & grinding. No need to be the polite partner.
Funny side note: Logan was boxing with Matt, sparring light. Logan started taking big swings, so Matt cracked the shit out of him, then threw him down and dealt him a little MMA pain. Eric said, "That's what happens when you turn up the volume." A little later, they were sparring again and Matt caught him flush & dropped him. But no hard feelings, Logan is a gamer.
Another funny side note: before the spar, Matt was challenging Eric on MA philosophy/education. Matt was insisting that he needed a curriculum; Eric kept telling him that fighting is very simple and that Matt needs to absorb the philosophy, and he would progress much faster that way. Sort of a Zen approach.
EDIT - Also briefly drilled the No Gi Ezekiel choke from Ryan Hall's "Arm Triangle" DVD. Very promising. Cesar reported: Plenty of pressure.
It is one answer for when your partner turns away from you when you have him in Head & Arm triangle position. Sort of like an RNC with his arm in.
I ran it by Eric (as I almost always do) and he didn't shoot it down, but said other options were Armbar & Kimura. Or Back Take.
So far, I like the Ezekiel because it puts me in good position for Back Take, if I want it. But I have to test it in sparring. Repeatedly.
Sept. 3 Open Mat
Rolled with Derrick and Wilson. Fun rolls. A lot of scrambles with Derrick, and Wilson is a visitor from a Brother Gym. The guy has great flexibility.
My wind was not good today, I gassed out easily. But no submissions.
Then I coached Cesar on 2on1 -> Snag Single Leg (I'll probably regret doing that.)
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.