Some of us were sitting around and talking after the advanced class on Thursday night. Among the many topics we discussed, such as a handful of political hot topics, world domination and the benefits of using a back roller after a workout, we did fit in some discussion about Jiu-Jitsu.
I was telling Greg how important his instruction has been to me over the past week. Rolling with him has really highlighted some parts of my game that are in need of improvement. Seemingly small adjustments, such as head position or hand position, add up to a world of difference.
When I roll with an experienced grappler, I have to work at the top of my game, 100% of the time. Going with Greg reminds me of this fact every second of every minute of that match. The problem is that every time I try to sneak something past him, he doesn't let that happen. It is another reminder that sometimes when I roll with others, I "cheat" the technique, or don't follow through completely. I often times can get away with doing things because the person I'm rolling with doesn't know what I'm doing or doesn't know a counter.
Hips just a tad bit too high...Bam! I'm reversed. And then I'm either laying on my back or scrambling for position and I'm thinking to myself, why did I do that? I know better than to do that. It's because I could usually get away with it, but not anymore.
Greg talked about the benefit of being a smaller practitioner. From the beginning, you have to be locked on. You have to learn and be able to execute solid technique, otherwise you won't get it. There's no cheating a technique or being able to get away with things against larger opponents...Hmmm.
The more I know, the more I realize how much I don't know.
Less Than a White Belt Conan "Back to Square One" Schafer