I went in to the gym at 6 this morning – wanted to get in a really good warm up and get mobilized before class started at 6:30. The group warm ups that we do never seem to get my hips mobilized enough. Tis the doom of hypermobility I suppose – just takes more to work my entire range of motion.
So I hung upside down from the thai bags for a bit, then spent 45 minutes getting everything moving because no one else showed up for class! I was very sad because I was so ready to roll (literally!).
This ended up working to my favor though because coach came over and gave me some one on one training in maintaining mount control. Some of the things I learned:
Can’t wait to try out some of this stuff!
The 10:00 class consisted of myself, 2 black belts, 2 purple belts, and 2 other white belts. Guess who got left out of the mix? I understand though. It’s the competition team training class and the upper level belts wanna have at it. And the white belts were big new guys – and I don’t wanna get hurt.
I enjoyed watching, but then a brown belt I hadn’t met showed up and sat down to watch. So I asked him if he wanted to play and he said “sure”.
Twas a fun couple of rolls. He told me I have great grips and hip movements. And I almost got him by sliding out the back of a deep half guard – need to get a little faster at that one.
This guy actually ended up teaching my 11:30 class. We went over a knee on belly escape drill that works really well. Say they’re at your right side with their right knee in your gut:
Sounds complicated – isn’t really.
I managed to tweak a rib and had to sit out of rolling. But I got it back in pretty easily, kinesiotaped it, and am doped up on anti-inflammatories. Should be all good for tomorrow.