I managed 12 miles last Sunday which took me 2 hours and 3 minutes of pure hell. From about the 10 mile mark the muscles in my legs were in pain and my joints were aching a lot. I’m glad I did it though and will again this weekend run another 12 miles before lowering the mileage for 1 week to aid recovery before upping the mileage to following week to 15.
Graeme took last night’s Judo and I must say it was an excellent lesson. Our warm-up started with various commando crawls across the mats and also lots of dragging another person across the mat using nothing but the belt to hold on to. We ended the warm up with various breakfalls and then Ynez took us through some stretching. I must say the warms up are more and more starting to resemble the type of workouts I was doing in BJJ, although not tiring the intensity is definitely slowly being raised week on week. It’s hard to say if this is a conscious effort on behalf of the instructors to improve everyone’s cardio but it’s very enjoyable non the less.
As we were all nicely warmed up we went in to some Newaza and I first paired up with Oli. Oli was being slightly defensive so I attacked and Oli willingly gave up his back so I got my hooks in and tunred him on his side and looked for a choke. Oli was defending his neck well so I decided to try and pull one of his arms away from his neck and try for a Hiza-gatame. Oli managed to posture up and somehow ended up in my guard but had his left arm outside so I quickly went for a San-gaku-jime. I think Oli had recognised the danger he was in had already started to posture up so I never really had full control of his head. Nonetheless I tried in vain to get him to tap but Graeme called matte before I could do so.
Next up was Jamie and as he has only had 3 lessons I just pulled guard and talked him through passing my guard using his elbows and then getting him to use Mune-gatame once he has passed. This is the first time I have rolled with Jamie and he feels pretty strong so once he starts progressing more and learning the techniques he could be quite a handful.
My last roll was with Big Stuart but this time we took turns in starting on all fours. I quickly jumped on his back and tried in vain to get a choke. I must say it’s really difficult for me to get any sort of choke on and I can’t remember a time in Judo when I have. In an attempt to get some sort of submission I tried the same move that I did against Oli earlier, i.e. the Hiza-gatame and again it didn’t work but this time Stuart ended up with Mune Gatame on me. Graeme called matte and we swapped over with me on all fours. When we started I tried to roll in to guard but I messed this up slightly and Stuart got Mune Gatame and then he got full mount. I tried the trap and roll technique and almost had him but he managed to get me back down again. The rest of our roll then consisted of me struggling underneath him but with no success.
Graeme then stood us all up and said he would be showing us some Goshi’s or hip throws. We stayed with the partners we were already with which meant I would have to throw Big Stuart, which I’ve always struggled with because he is a lot heavier than I am. However for some reason I was able to throw him with quiteeasily with O-goshi. Even when Graeme then showed us Tsurikomi-goshi, which I had previously found difficult due to the grip, I was still able to throw him well. This really pleased me as with me being the tallest in the club, hip throws are not particularly easy for me to do. The last hip throw we learnt was Sode-tsuri-komi-goshi and with the help of Ynez I was even able to pull this one off quite well. I’ve since realised that two of these throws are in the Orange belt syllabus., my next grading.
Before we started Randori Graeme had us pair up but instead of actually throwing we would stop just short of doing so. There is a Japanese name for this but at the moment it escapes me. We would take turns in attacking and Graeme then said we had to do 2 throws and then finally a 3 throw combination. I found this really helpful as I was able to try a throw, of which Stuart would resist or move out of and then I could physically see what throw was then available or best to use from that position.
On to Randori then and I was paired up first with Oli. Oli seemed to be attacking slightly more than he usually would against me which was good as sometimes I need to be brought back down to earth. However I did manage a Sumi-gaeshi against him right at the end which is a technique I have been successful with recently.
Next up was Mark and this was a good tussle as Mark is quite strong and more senior but not enough that he has to go easy on me. I was thrown a couple of times, as I continued my “attack attack attack” resolution, but I almost got Mark with a Tani-otoshi, well he did fall over but not flat on his back for an ippon.
My penultimate Randori was against Ynez and I was conscious not to stiff arm her and try to much strength as she has told me in the past that I am too stiff. So I lightly took hold and she let me try a couple of throws before I finally threw her with Osoto-otoshi. Ynez commented that I needed to pull harder when doing the throw. This was very frustrating to hear as I had made the conscious effort to be light and elusive. Not that I doubt what she is saying and I know I have lots to learn but I felt I had made improvements this week in my Randori and it kinda took the edge off a good nights training.
My last Randori was with BB Stuart and throws me about 5-6 times with relative ease. This didn’t bother me so I still attacked and every time I was thrown I bounced straight back up to my feet. Finally in the last seconds he let me throw him with Osoto-otoshi and he thanked me for a good fight. I hopefully impressed him with my tenacity if not my skill but I was thankful that he threw me all over the place as it’s nice to see the difference in class between a Black Belt and a 5th Kyu.
Overall a great lesson tonight despite my shoulder hurting more than it