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I hear you. What helped me (I think) was limiting myself when going against newer people. For example, if I get side control, I wouldn't let myself work to mount. No knee on belly

Yeah. It’s the classic thing in BJJ from the sounds of things, I need to expand and learn another trillion techniques, but I also need to work on the tiny amount that I already know a bit about.

Whichever way you look at it, I need to do BJJ more.
 
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Garry Tonon vs Renato Canuto is a must-watch fight if anyone can get hold of it. They’re both ridiculously dynamic and great in scrambles.
 
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ADCC was mental. Gordon Ryan got the double gold that he’d been gobbing off about for a year, and fucking Lachlan Giles submitted Aly, Gaudio, and Duarte in the absolute to get bronze. I think Giles weighs about 75kg. Duarte’s 30kg heavier and beat Buchecha in the 99kg+ division.
 
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Any surprises for you @Rakim ?

In terms of surprises, Ruotolo (the cunt’s 17) getting to the semis was fucking crazy. He also kneebarred Miyao successfully and bent his leg the wrong way, it’s just that Miyao’s don’t tap.

Lachlan Giles running through Duarte, Gaudio, and Aly was fucking insane. Gordon Ryan stopped him comfortably, but he took out three of the best heavyweight grapplers in the world. They’re literally all top ten guys, Duarte’s probably top 3-4.

Lastly, Nick Rodriguez beating Aly, Orlando Sanchez (all 340lbs of him), and Cyborg was unreal considering he’s a blue belt. Lots of people talk about his wrestling background but he was D3 for 1 year, that’s hardly top pedigree. He’s just aggressive and athletic as fuck, and trains with the best in the world.

So yeah, in terms of ADCC surprises, they were my top 3.
 
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Oh, and I always forget how fucking perfect JT Torres’ game is. Almost flawless wrestling, clinches, scrambles, top, and bottom.
 
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Good week of training. It's all been a bit mixed up with school holidays and all.

15 rounds on Friday left me feeling pretty happy with myself. I was out bush over the weekend, got back Monday and went to judo on Tuesday.

Normally at judo I do the beginners / old guys / dads class, there's normally a couple of white or yellow belts, a few oranges and greens and we'll generally get a blue or an occasional brown on the mats as well. But during the holidays they close on Wednesday night. So I did the Tuesday night.

There was me, one other orange belt, I think 2 or 3 blue belts and then the rest browns and blacks. Probably 15+ people there. Warm up wasn't too crazy, but there was some sprinting and burpees involved. No worries, I thought, my cardio is cranking lately.

Straight after warm up, ground drills. Fucking sweet, I thought. I love rolling with the higher ranks. Me and one of the blue belts paired up, start on knees, facing each other, take the other guys back, then reset and repeat. So it wasn't a drill, but position sparring. Cool, I like position sparring. Had a good round with the blue belt, but intense as fuck.

Judo guys don't seem to have a low gear, they just floor it from the word go. Then quick change and I get a black belt that's on the national team and has his eyes on the Olympics. I didn't take his back, but I came close once or twice and I kept him off my back for a bit. I'm running a bit ragged at this point. Intensity of the warm ups and the position sparring is catching up to me. Next I get another black belt on the national team. Good back and forth in this one. Basically traded back takes one for one. Ended up doing two rounds with this guy after another the quick change. Both these guys are pretty young too, early 20s, so they're fit as fuck and have no off switch. Then I got a national level brown belt, more back and forth, but I was pretty much done by then.

Then we switch drills to pass or sweep, but the passer has to stay on their knees. This young guy has the longest arms and legs I've ever seen. I'm backing up to get around his ridiculous legs and he's still got his grip on my collar when I'm four feet away from him. I'm proper done by this stage, the rounds with the black belts really caught up with me.

Another quick change and I got one of the hobbyist black belts. Older boy, older than me anyway. Good round, good technique but without as much athleticism as the young competitors. Managed to sweep him and hold him down, managed to get passed his guard and prevent him from going belly down. Did another round with this guy, then we both sat out for a round.

Then we switched it up, start standing up, pick two throws and only for them, but when you hit the deck you keep going, so throwing for ippon doesn't count, but subs and hold downs do. I paired up with a smaller, older hobbyist black belt. Thank fuck. He threw me once but I managed to stay on top in a bit of a scramble and get a hold down. Stood up, got thrown again, stayed on top, went for a kimura, got it. We kept going pretty much like that for I think 3 rounds. I was pretty happy with it at the end. I don't mind my throws sucking against a black belt, but I'm glad I can stay on top and get some hold downs and subs.

Not been completely knackered like that session in quite a while. The intensity and athleticism those guys bring is just something else.

Wednesday night bjj, solid warm ups, solid technique drills, quick roll at the end, feeling good. Should be in again tomorrow morning and then I'm gonna try to get a roll in on Sunday morning as well.

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My balls retracted back into my body due to cringing so much. How is that even possible?
The Miyaos have... erm... "loose" joints. But I don't think they (or half their team) have ever tapped to leg locks. Apparently they walk like old men, limping and fucked, until they've warmed up. They'll be half crippled by the time they hit 40.

 
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That sounds like some heavy training @Primate.

Butterfly and guillotine drills last night, then in my 3rd round of sparring I fucking twanged something in my groin while I had the seatbelt and was trying to throw a hook in. It’s fucking painful today, hopefully it’s good by Tuesday but I’m working this weekend as well so it won’t really get any rest.
 
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