Originally Posted by Derek Simonds
I am in complete agreement. A couple of other thoughts as well.
We are both fairly big guys, my style as a blue belt was absolutely crushing. If I got a position I might not get a sub but by gawd you were going to play hell to get out. As I got towards the end of my blue and now into my road in purple I have started playing differently. I read an article by John Wills the other day and he had some thoughts on that as well. In it he talks about crushing and letting up a little when you know where people are going to escape to attack. I said well that is exactly what I have been looking for to sum up what I am trying to accomplish right now.
All of my instructors tell me that they think blue is the foundation. You have to learn all of the moves and learn them well. Purple they have all said is the heaviest belt because you now have to make those techniques part of your game. I am looking forward to the next 3 years to see what I can do with my game.
And just in the for what its worth column 208.5 X 3 after a month off really isn't gone soft...
Right from the get-go because my main instructor is a rooster he told me not to get into teh habit of trying to play a crushing guard game, and the other coach stopped me from playing a closed guard game because of leg strength. So far my game has been based off of open guard and when on top it's a light game. I'm now looking to work a lot on my closed guard and also settling into position, but I must admit I just like it when the roll flows because opportunities just seem to pop up everywhere.
After speaking to more experienced guys like yourself and my coaches I'm really going to be anal about all of the techniques that i'm learning. Drilling is my friend!
I guess 208.5x3 isn't too bad, I just expected to pull that with much better form. Before I went away I pulled 225 for a pretty sweet set of 5.
I picked up some bug over the weekend after a fancy dress. Could have been a bug, could have been food poisoning, either way I've lost 3.5kg, I'm thoroughly dehydrated and I'm not looking forward to getting back into the swing of things. Gonna resume lifting from Monday, take a step back again and just hit a couple of metcons before then.
When you say crushing and then letting up a little when they're going to attack.... Do you mean you will actually give them the room to attempt their technique, and then after luring them into that false sense of security you would begin your own attack?