Wednesday, July 11, 2012

z-guard and other amazing stuff

After the z-guard stuff we did at the John Will seminar, we worked on that stuff in class some more. A couple of us took it on (so to speak) and played with assorted sweeps from z-guard. To this end, we looked up some other options from that position and found some really useful stuff in YouTube clips.

Particularly Robson Moura seems to have focussed on that guard. I then realised that his Fusion 2 DVD set has a load of z-guard techniques, so I have just ordered that set. Meanwhile, I'm going through my other DVD sets, and found some already on Rigan Machado's Half guard  DVD.

As some of the techniques which John showed us are back takes from z-guard, this re-focussed me on back control also. And as though everything comes around in circles, I realised that when I go for an arm drag from closed guard, and can't quite get the back, I can transition to z-guard and get a sweep instead. Just by moving my knee and adjusting my hips. In a way, that's mind blowing, everything is related to everything else, and instead of seeing separate positions and techniques, I'm beginning to see pathways and chains.

Z-guard seems pretty versatile anyway, especially now that I am able to transition from it to and from other forms of half guard. Also, there are some shin in sweeps which I struggled with, and basically forgot about, which suddenly seem not just possible, but very do-able.

So I'm having a pretty good time. Lots of old stuff revisited and some new stuff, all making sense and fitting in with things I can do reasonably well. Lots of growth...

Z Z Z Z Z Z Z Z Z Z Z Z Z Z Z Z Z --->  :-) 

What else has been happening?

I clocked up another semester at uni and finished with good results. Now one more semester to go. Then I'll need to decide if I want to do honors or not. Just not sure yet....

A foggy morning on the way to work...

We're in the middle of winter here. No, it's not like a real winter in Europe or Canada. But it's usually grey, wet, cold and windy and it's getting on my nerves. And when it's not raining, it's frosty or foggy... I only have weekends to go horse riding at the moment, and it's damn annoying when the weekends are a cold, muddy, nasty wash-out. So I just throw some hay at my horses and promise them we'll do stuff when the days get longer (and warmer). But we do get to go riding occasionally, which is nice.

I've been lucky with work and uni load to still have the opportunity to train 5-6 times per week. As my work involves sitting in front of a computer, I also try to get out and run at least once a week. Hopefully, as the days get longer, I'll be able to do more of that, too.

A lot of people are having colds and flues at the moment, but so far I've been lucky. It has stopped some people from coming to training. Some are out with injuries, some are on holidays. So we are having a lot of pretty small classes lately. Still, I've managed to get in some awesome training sessions, including lots of rolling with purple belts :-)

Talking purple, I heard that Tatami is releasing a purple gi (link to Australian site, but it's also available from Tatami Fightwear in the UK and from in USA):

Whoa! How awesome is that?? It would of course look much nicer with a purple belt. I guess I could buy one and put it aside until someone takes my blue belt away and hits me over the head with a purple one ;-) Not that this is likely to happen any time soon...

Temptation in colour purple :-))

Ok, what else?

There is going to be a Royler Gracie seminar in Melbourne in August. I'm booked in for that and have a car ride organised. Should be fabulous.

Also, I've just booked in for another seminar in Melbourne on July 22. It's with Bruno Almeida Alves and Antonio "Cara de sapato" Junior, and will be held at Perkins Jiu Jitsu. I'm going to visit my sister and her family after the seminar. Looks like a busy and fun Sunday. Yes!

It appears that a lot of big names are making it to Australia this year. But we can't go to all seminars...

Last but not least, I'm booked in to compete in weight and open divisions at the Gathering in September. And yeah, I'll be going to Rigan's seminar :-)


  1. Yes! I want to get a purple gi so I can VISUALIZE PURPLE!

  2. I ended up getting one (how could I resist!!). But I'm not sure if I'll save it up for when I'll have a matching belt or just start wearing it now. I'm favouring the first option.

    As I'm nowhere near earning a purple belt, I think the moths would eat it before I'd get a chance to roll in it. So maybe I'll just start rolling in it. And maybe purple will make me better, sort of like in the way that red cars go faster ;-)