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12 April 2010 @ 11:48 pm
Things I Learned from My Pan Am Match  

I haven't competed in competition in over a year due to injuries and even now I debate if I should keep competing. I am undecided as of this point... I did compete this past Pan Ams at Purple. These are things I need to work on. From my own mistakes and embarrassment I will use it as a lesson to grow from. The guy I lost to though was really nice and a respectful competitor and was happy to see he did well and made it to the finals for Purple Masters. He eventually lost to another Paragon guy.

14 sec - Did not sprawl.
15 sec - Grabbed a decent guillotine but did not jump guard and did not fall to the guillotine side, did not pop left leg free to trap him.
32 sec - Should have controlled the underhook or grabbed a grip around his waist to take his back before he rolled to guard after my sweep attempt.
34 sec - Should have immediately low passed to the right side.
42 sec - Should have stuffed him to half guard.
49 sec - Did not switch to a grip on his pant leg, weak grip on his collar. Reason I could not flatten him out to get my points.
54 sec - Did not use my head to push his shoulder flat.
1:05 - Friend tells me to turn his head and I don't.
2:24 - Tried a no gi grip stack pass instead of gripping his collar or lapels.
2:41 - Was too high. Coach screaming at me to keep my shoulder heavy but leaning too forward on the guy, head and shoulder out of position.
3:04 - Coach tells me to go to my right and I should have but felt uncomfortable with my right side passes.
3:29 - Elbow too flared out, did not have a good gi grip. Allowed him to take kimura. Went for the pass instead of defending or posting.
3:48 - Extend my arm hoping that he would fall on his side on a loose armbar attempt as I pass to the right side but get caught in a kimura armbar instead. Should have broken his grip and reset. Instead of trying to roll, should have squared up with him.

After the match you can see my reaction to the risk I took to try to get up on points, extending my own arm, thinking he would fall for a bait and pass. I know I could have done better, but during the match I made a lot of poor choices and executed poorly.

Important lesson though is I know what I need to work on. Passes, especially gi specific passes. Too many of my passes are geared towards no gi. Also passing specifically to the right. Also using my leg lock game with my passing. Finishing all guillotines.
(Anonymous) on April 14th, 2010 02:32 pm (UTC)
I think you did great, I really enjoy watching players put it on the line and trying to make something happen. Can't tell you how boring it is to watch a match where stalling is a big part of the strategy.
Thank you
Samangrygrappler on April 14th, 2010 11:57 pm (UTC)
thanks abel. though I wish I stalled haha.
(Anonymous) on December 18th, 2010 12:02 am (UTC)
This Brien again
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