The boys and I went to grappling class this Saturday, for the first time in a while. It showed 🙂
Our school does grappling in an hour-long block, starting with about 20 minutes of position rounds. In these rounds, you’re not allowed to actually force your opponent to submit, and we usually use those times to practice. I was rollin’ with Jerry, who is about my height but quite a bit stronger, so I was a bit tired by the time we got done with that part of the class. Next, we do 15 minutes or so of instruction and drill; the instructor will teach a move or technique, and we’ll partner up and practice it. Missing this has hurt my performance the most, because I’ve fallen behind in my technical knowledge. This was well demonstrated when we went to the final part of the class: freestyle grappling, with submissions not only allowed but encouraged. In my first round, Adam (who’s about my build but a bit shorter) tapped me out twice. In my second round, I managed to prevent my opponent from submitting me, but that was because it was my son Tom 🙂 I hope to do better next week.

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