Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
I found that I had some very bad habits that I have picked up from no-gi grappling... and that working out with a black belt will cause you to do things that you normally would not do. After the initial couple of weeks of just wanting to throw up, trying to get some sort of cardio back, and proving that I am not a pussy, the instructors have started to work on the things that I am doing incorrectly.
- Against good opposition, I will turn the wrong way when they put me in a heavy side control, or when I have difficulty escaping the mount.
I say I do this to make the other guy open up, but really I am just reverting to things that worked for me in no-gi. With the gi on, if you turn the wrong way, you are guaranteed to be choked.
- When I am passing guard, I tend to leave my butt in the air, giving the guy who I am passing ample room to reestablish guard.
I have never been very good at passing guard, so this may have been a problem I am just taking with me.
- I do not extend my hips to gain space when I do my armbars and triangles from guard.
This gives my opponent an easier time of escaping, and makes the completion of the submission difficult on me.
- When breaking the guard, I am not standing up correctly, I am out of position, and easily swept.
I am so used to breaking the guard on the knees that I have virtually no experience of breaking the guard from standing. This is very bad, because against the black belts, their sweeps and position is so good that if I try to break on my knees, it is an instantaneousness sweep. I have to become proficient passing standing up.
- I have very little experience with wrist control using the gi.
I get my ass handed to me in sparring, because they grab my gi at the wrists and completely control me. I can't posture, I can't pass, I look like sea lion in a desert, flapping around and wasting energy, but not making any progress.
- I am not rotating my hips nearly enough with my crosses.
I have always found it difficult to land my right cross, and one of the reasons why is that I don't twist my hips. At most I was turning about a quarter of the distance I need to. Eduardo is drilling in to me to twist past shoulder parallel to really extend my cross range, and increase the power of the punch. This rotation also helps to set up the left hook.
- I am not twisting enough with my left hooks.
When the hook is thrown without the cross, I have always just thrown it out there with a little twist of my left foot. No good. I need to cock my hips to at least shoulder parallel then drive them around well through the target.
I also have to think of the hook not as a close in punch, but as a middle range weapon. Elbows and the clinch are for close range.
- Because my punching rotations are not where they should be, my kicks are out of position, and not as powerful as they should be.
This is because my hips are wrong. If I rotate the hips properly with the punches, the kicks flow naturally, and have better rotation.
- I don't turn my hip enough with my left kick to get a powerful impact.
I am crunching my hip with my left kick. I need to turn my hip and keep my back straight.
- I don't keep my hands up when I kick.
This is a major issue, and why I always seem to get smacked when I kick...
I am showing improvement in all areas, however my biggest issue by far in BOTH disciplines is my brain. I am thinking way to much. I find myself thinking and getting behind in the combinations/techniques. In sparring I really get fouled up. While rolling I am two movements, or more behind and I get caught. In Muay Thai, I get clobbered thinking a movement behind.
As I get more comfortable with everything, my improvement will be rapid... I am sure then you will read that I am frustrated because I am not improving as fast as I was a few months ago!