The Details

I only rolled twice this week, but had good classes. On Tuesday we worked on take downs and did several short rounds, so everyone suffered a good whipping.

Alex taught class on Thursday and reviewed an arm lock detail (from the guard) worth a share. If you have your opponent in your guard, place your foot on their hip (for whichever side you choose), but be sure to lock your knee behind your opponent's shoulder. If they try to posture up, close the guard again and use your legs to break it, then place your foot on their hip again and close the knee behind the shoulder. Use your other leg to "slice" your opponent's torso down, which is infinitely easier if you successfully lock the knee behind their shoulder. Squeeze your legs together to solidify this position just before inflicting the arm lock.

The SWAT training is going slow, but going well. I have such a long way to go before I reach the peak condition required for the physical test. I remind myself daily, heck hourly, I am building a house, very carefully, one brick at a time. I can do this. I WILL do this. I HAVE to do this.

Sunday morning I will be up to 3 sets of 20 push-ups and I will be doing speed work at the track. The improvement in pull-up strength is...constipatingly slow. I can feel the improvement, I mean, I can do 2 solid on my own, but then I get to that 3rd one and the muscles quit. This "quit" can be discouraging, but I have to remember, there was a day when I could not do half of one. When I reach 3 sets of 30 push-ups, I am going to change my Tabata work outs and start working for numbers against the clock.

I also still have work to do in the running and sit up department, but I know I will improve quickly and reliably in those tasks. It's that pesky arm strength...but I know I can do this, I mean heck, people who are blind and missing limbs compete WELL as elite athletes at an international level. So when I look at my fully furnished self, I think, yeah you had BETTER do this. No excuses.

Train well,



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