Thursday, December 17, 2009

How did I miss that?

Today in class, I got caught in the same choke twice. I was in half guard and went to take the guy's back. When I swam his arm, he hooked it and went for some choke. Still don't know the name of the choke.

I asked Fabio about it after class and he showed me the counter. It's a sweep, basically taking advantage of the fact that his arm is committed to the choke. It was so simple, I felt stupid that I didn't see the solution myself.

I've been shown so many things like this lately. It makes me realize that I need to be more aware of where my opponents body weight is and what limbs I can take out to make the person unbalanced. For some reason, I can see arm bars and omaplatas that aren't the "text book" set ups. But I am not seeing--or feeling--the sweeps.

That's going to be my focus in the next few weeks.