Tuesday, November 17, 2009

I'm back

Well, partially anyway. My ringworm disappeared faster than I expected (prescription drugs are definitely the way to go). My cold seems to be disipating slightly as I feel better all around. But I can thank my asthma for the continued rattling in my lungs - which will likely remain for at least another week or two.

I knew my lungs were going to be shot so I decided to go in early for basics class followed by marathon roll instead of going to the advanced class later in the evening. Unfortunately, I didn't last more than 5 or 6 rounds in marathon roll before I had to stop as I felt an asthma attack coming on. Mmm - phlegm...Ick!

We had 4 new people sign up yesterday - woohoo! We might actually break a hundred students by the end of the year. Guiness Book of World Records fastest growing BJJ gym anyone? Lol!

Basics Class last night was fun because we went back to the movements involved in escaping the bottom of side control with Ryan's "new" shrimping motion - that he stole from Rickson Gracie. =)

I ended up sticking around to watch advanced class as they were going over interesting open guard attacks to the single leg, the back, and blast double-like movements.

Ryan is taking some internet flak right now for an interview he did on lockflow.com this weekend but 99.9% of people are missing the main key points of what he was saying - even the ones who think they agree with him, lol! Oh well, better for us when it comes to understanding the "game" I guess...


  1. Ha ha I'm one of those who think they agree with him. ?What am I missing ? :)

  2. Lol! It's difficult to explain when you can't actually see the difference in person. When Ryan shows you it makes perfect sense but he'll do two different things which appear identical to the untrained eye - but they aren't identical at all. You can only FEEL the difference.

  3. Lol fair enough. I often feel the same about the Yoga positions I pull into jits or when watching Rickson maintain mount. It almost looks like the guy on bottom is cooperating :)

    I'll make sure and visit you guys if I'm in the US.

  4. The interesting thing is you can essentially misinterpret his ideas but come up with something fundamentally sound but different on your own. Regardless, whether Ryan's views end panning out or not, the fact that it generated so much discussion is amazing and can do nothing but good for the progression of BJJ as a whole.

  5. ... I thought I got what he was trying to say, but now I'm not so sure. I'm probably one of the people that thinks I'm agreeing with him. Guess I'll have to get down to Fifty/50 soon and learn a thing or two.


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