So, I Went and Rolled with a BJJ BB
And a blue belt and a purple belt I think, and while the BB did dominate me more thoroughly, I realized that I couldn't defend any of their sweeps. My defence against sweeps is to stand up, but since we were starting from the knees, I didn't do that. I just tried to stay heavy or re-establish my base when they attacked it. It didn't work. Almost at all.
I'm going to be training with these guys hopefully at least once a week from now on. It's a 3 hour drive each way, or I'd go more often, because it was awesome.
Adam Zugec was the BB. He completely fucking owned me, made me feel like a helpless child. I expected that, but I didn't expect how effortless it was for him to take away my base and that the only thing I'd be able to do was stand and my guard passes were useless. Useless. I once passed his guard for half a second (a proud moment, BTW) and then he got it back and swept me.
I realize this is kind of a stupid way to start a thread, but I don't know what to say...I'm gonna do BJJ, never thought I would, but there it is.
Starting from the knees fucks me up, I'm so used to standing up all the time to get away/around the guard, or making the person stand back up with me so I can take them down instead of having to deal with the guard at all. I also standup to get out of mount (give up my back, defend the choke, get rid of the hooks, turtle, go for kimura/stand up). This experience brought home my flaws really obviously. I need to work on my mount escapes, my sweeps, and my guard passes.
I think my wrestling doesn't completely suck anymore. It's not spectacular, but it's OK. My submissions are OK too, I think. My sweeps and reversals from mount bottom are pretty sad, though.
So, if you read all that ****, what grips should I avoid giving my opponent when we start from the knees to avoid getting swept? Cause that seemed to be what fucked me up. I reached for my familiar leverage points and got swept every time. I dunno how to engage from on the knees.
So what grips