Development Milestone – Tap Out Chris

You have heard the idiom "every dog has its day"?  Well today this dog got his day with a modified Triangle Choke.  Yes, I’ve hit another mile stone in my development.  That leaves Miles, Grayson, and Mark.

Chris is a purple belt that of course I have never tapped out.  He is physically smaller then me but, as you guessed, technically "larger" then me.  It was the end of class and we were both exhausted.  I think that is good because it forces you to work on technique and not use muscle.  We slapped hands and the battle was on.  Truth be told I was just looking to survive.  I had no great aspirations of submitting him.  I don’t remember much of the match now.  I know I was playing from the bottom most of the time.  The longer I was able to foil any submission attempts the better I feel against someone more experienced.  After some time I managed to get my guard in.  Chris made a few attempts to pass my guard while I was looking for a Compact Arm Bar.  It failed and I found my self attempting a Triangle.  I got my leg over his neck but couldn’t get his arm free to finish it.  Then I realized that I still had his collar opposite my leg.  It was working the same way his arm would have if I had the standard Triangle.  Chris couldn’t move his arm to block the modified Triangle I had on him, doing so would have given me the standard Triangle I had been working for.  Chris later told me the "lights were going out" so he tapped.

I think I’m going to do some practicing of this modified Triangle on my Submission Master Grappling Dummy over the next week.  It could really come in handy.

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Development Milestone – Tap Out Pat

By way of a journal entry.  I tapped out Pat Monday for the first time.  No, small accomplishment in my book. I was 1-4 against him that night.  I still have Chris, Miles, and Grayson to go and then Mark.  But one tap out at a time.

Pat was in a gi and the Ezekiel I got on him wouldn’t fly in no-gi but that’s the point of a gi isn’t it.  It was the first time I had seen Pat in a gi, as a matter of fact.

I’m not trying to brag.  Its just that others who have been training longer then you have are always progressing too.  They remain a step ahead of you.  To make a small leap and catch up for a bit is exciting.  I see it in the white belts eyes after I tap them out.  They are thinking just what I’m thinking about those better then me.  "When will I ever tap this guy you!".  "Will he always be better then me?"  I want to tell them to hang in there.  I try to tell them but I wonder if they believe me.  When they move up in rank they will still be in the same situation.  Over coming discouragement is part of learning.  Learning takes time and effort.  But I’m human and I often think "I give myself very good advice but I seldom listen" – Alice.

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