I've never considered myself a dominant type by any means, but I am also not submissive.
It is a weird middle ground to be in. Especially when I'm asked about things like being a jobber or not. I suppose i am, but then I have moments where I am not. Does that mean I'm a heel? No, but I'm not in jobber mode, either.
Like many other areas of my life, there is the constant concept of cusp or being between and not solidly planted in one place or another.
For instance, I have recently acquired a pet. I enjoy him a lot. That said, I am not demanding or especially aggressive toward my pet; I don't believe that is how control and authority work. At the same time, even though I am gentle with my pet and kind, I am not the pet and my pet is not the master.
I think dominance works like that. Some things require action to establish, but in many ways, dominance can be made clear long before any action is taken.
Because I am an old contrary so and so, Lent is the time in which people give things up. Its a time for me to think of things I want to do, or do more of.
1) More pure competitive matches. I don't think I'm perhaps ever going to be king of the ring or mats, but I would like more matches which force me to up my game, learn more skills and handle myself on the mats a lot better. I do like wrestling for just the sport of it.
2) Oil wrestling. Okay, this is a little less for the sport of wrestling :-) Feels like I am the only guy on here never to have oil wrestled.
3)Tag match. Now this might surprise some people who have seen my reluctance to join in public tag matches. I do like tag and would love to do it,but with people I am more familiar with, and they more familiar with my weaknesses and strengths.
4) Toe wrestling. Forget arm wrestling. I have introduced a couple of people on site and off to this test of strength. Its a good ice breaker, and I find it more enjoyable then arm wrestling. Its a great overture to a match. Need more practice to get those muscles stronger :-)
5) Outdoor wrestling. Not sure if its the mud or just the primal feeling of an outdoor fight. But this is definitely on my to do list now they weather might get warmer.
Doubt ill do any of these in the Lent period. But its a good time to think about what I'd like to indulge in :)
Yesterday, I went to my mma club to train.
Not in the mood to spar since my job is really boring that day
I only come to do some conditioning, which is good to decrease some fat on my stomach.
After some conditioning, we did some technique drilling
That day is all about stand up fighting
No MMA Technique at all
So my instructor showed us some boxing drills, and told us to do it through shadow box. After shadow box, we were asked to partner up and perform the technique to or partners. One's doing defense, and one's doing attack. After some time, we switched partners
After maybe 3 / 4 techniques variations, we we asked to spar.
Usually my teacher just free us all to choose our own sparring partner.
But that day, he's the one who's pairing us up.
I said to myself, damn, Now I had to spar
I was really not in the mood to spar that day
My original plan is to just come for conditioning, some techniques, that's it
But it's ruined now, I had to spar
I spar twice, with 2 persons, 1 round each person.
The first one I spar with is not that hard
I got into attack mode from the first time.
And it's not hard for me to put in some punches to his face, using 4 times combo, jab straight, jab straight.
And when I punch straight, I did it with my right feet step forward, so my punch can take a longer reach.
After maybe 1 minutes of sparring, his nose started to bleed
I was really surprised to see it
I never thought that my punch would be that hard, to be able to make someone's nose bleed
So I was automatically stopped the sparring and feel really bad about myself.
It was never my intentions to hurt my sparring partner.
After the sparring is stopped, my teacher said, that it's not entirely my fault.
It's my opponent's fault too, since he didn't do the defense properly
Because my rhythm is always the same. It's a repeat things, so it can be predicted easily.
Last week, it was my nose that's bleeding after the spar
I thought it was a karma for making my first sparring partner's nose bleeding too when he's sparred with me. And now, I'm doing it again.
I'm sorry bros, never meant to do it.
I'm just stupid newbies who still can't control his punch.
And my teacher also didn't enforce us all to control the power of our punch
He seems to let us punch as hard as we can that day.
It's really surprising me that he's blaming my sparring opponent, instead of put the blame on me for can't control my punch.
After take a break for a few minutes, I went up sparring again.
My opponent is kinda fat guy, and it's the first time I saw him training yesterday
So, before we spar, I asked him to go slow and light
We touched glove and the sparring is on
I thought that fat guy will be slow, but he's not
His punch is really fast, and was hard
He hit me as hard as he can
For the first 1 minute, I just run around avoiding his punches
I still feel terrible to what just happened to my first opponent
So my original plan was to learn to defense / block his attack, or just run around. I thought it will be a good time to learn my defense
But after I felt that his punch is hard and serious, and all my friends shouting me to attack, I start to attack him
I've succeeded to put him a few times, and he's kinda shocked, didn't see that coming maybe
And I put the 4 times combo that I used before on him too, to slow down his attack on me.
And when I'm almost hit the walls, I stop to restart in the middle, but he keeps on attacking me, and my fault is I don't do some defense, so he hits me hard on the head with his hook.
It's really irritated me, when he's doing that
I want to shout to him to show that I'm pissed, but I don't want to be a douche there, so I just keep quite and asked him to restart on the middle again
My teacher seems to understand that I want to restart
And he told me not to stop and ignore what's happenning around.
Just keep on fighting, cause maybe my fat opponent is really trying to punch as many has he possibly could, and don't realize that it's on the end of the mat, we should restart again.
Arrgh... I was really pissed at him at that time
But thank God I could hold myself from shouting at him.
So we restart again at the middle
I try to recover from the blow, and start attacking again
After a few seconds, the time stopped, so we stop fighting.
Well, based on this experience yesterday, I should really improve my boxing defense. Don't want my nose bleeding again next time I spar
And I should always told my opponent to go slow and light, because it's easy to get emotional when we spar boxing.
Especially if you got hit, you're suddenly just got furious and want to punch back your opponent as hard as he hit you.
I had a majorly bad day at work. So I turned up tired, drained, hacked off, and really was in the mood for a fight!!! Except I had to remember that this was not involving sparring at all but drilling. I almost didn't go tonight and - even though I rarely drink these days - thought honestly about going to the pub.
However......I'm happy to say the class was a grand one. Again building up on leglocks, this involved the following moves:
MOVE 1: Your opponent shoots and grabs your leg. You get at his side, grab his waist, move your leg out of the lock, jump back (this should break his lock) then move in on him.
MOVE 2: complicated. Your opponent moves on your leg. You move round to face him (hopping helps), push his neck further down your body. Your arm goes underneath around his head and your hand should end up under his jaw, then put an overlock arm through his (or her!) other arm. then pull his head up. Basically its like dragging him up by the head. It does work as its fucking uncomfortable but it took me and my - two - workers a while.
MOVE 3: opponent shoots on leg, you hop round, push his head to one side and with the other side you slip your hand through his legs and grabs his legs. Then you try to get at the side of him, kick your leg back and then that levers his leg up. You can then spin him round or push him back.
MOVE 4: As above but involved more pushing of the shoulder down.
And there was sparring afterwards - with the two opponents I've become a bit more of a stronger opponent and there ended up being a minute battle at one stage. Except for one round when I tried to jump back out of his lock and ended up on the bloody floor myself with the opponent on top of me! Had a bit of a laugh with one of the classmates at this as we were joking I had forgotten whose side I was on.
So...moral of the story: had a bad day at work? Get to your wrestling class and get sparring.
Now that Christmas, my winter holiday and a relationship is out of the way.I am looking at getting back on the scene.
I certainly hope there are the same people around as before.
I have a no show in my recommendations. It's by my ex bf. We did/we didn't, we were/we weren't, he added/removed/added/removed me to/from his past oppos, got a recommendation, then it was removed, added again! Once a relationship is over it's always good to stay friends but when that friendship descends into the mire of back and forth non-reciprocal bitching it's surely time to move on. I have moved on and have no intentions of starting a give n take mud-slinging tirade of abuse. If people read my one negative recommendation (about which I can do nothing), then that is surely their problem. I hope that the positive recommendations speak for themselves.
So, I've reached 10 months since my cervical surgery in April 2014, and had a visit with my surgeon for status. He admits, my healing still astounds him but also confounds him, as I am not like any other patient he's ever seen with my genetic condition, let alone do the things I do.
He has given me permission to add cardio to my regimen, which we call HIIT or high intensity interval training. I have to avoid twisting and turning, plus anything causing impact, so I have to adapt some of the techniques, but it seems to be going well. He also indicates I can start lifting above my head again, but only with light weights, working my way up a bit at a time.
The xrays with this visit show I haven't broken or dislodged any of my new hardware for which he was very glad. Guess he's been a bit worried I would resume things too soon and damage something. I told him, I haven't come this far just to set myself back. I did ask him a question about something he said when I first came to see him ... he had said, I see absolutely no reason you won't be able to resume everything you were doing before ... so my question was: Did he still hold that same view.
He replied that as long as I don't take blows to the head, especially the chin, nor engage in throws, I should be fine. These are the same rules I've been under for awhile, so nothing new there. I just have to continue being careful.
Anyways, based on his words, I should be good to start resuming sparring and hitting the mat in April, then I see him again two months after that for another check up, just to make sure my new hardware is holding up.
All positive news as far as I'm concerned. Hope you're all just as excited to have me back, I know some of you have been very patient and I don't plan to disappoint.
hace poco tube una lucha con un profesor que enseña lucha grecoromana en mi ciudad, me gusto luchar con el, yo tengo conocimientos de lucha, pero el porsupuesto mas que yo, fue una lucha buena y larga, al principio me senti intimidado, ya que el es profesor, pero a medida que la lucha se iba haciendo intensa yo tenia mas tecnica que el, pero en algunos momentos el me aplico llaves, pero siempre al final lograba soltarme, pense que no tenia oportunidad ante ese profesor con su experiencia, yo no lograba concretar y poder dominarlo pero el si estubo cerca de hacerlo, como a la hora y media yo logre dominarlo con un triangulo de piernas sobre su cuello pude hacer que se rindiera y eso me animo, estube estudiando mucho el Spladle y no me atrevia a aplicarselo, porque como no tenia experiencia en hacer esa tecnica, pero lo tenia planteado en mi mente, pero a la ves pensaba que si la tecnica me fallaba pudiera el aprovechar ese error par poder dominarme a mi, despues de yo poder dominarlo estubimos como dos horas mas y ninguno de los dos concretaba una submission, llego el momento que estaba exausto y temia que el tubiera mas resistencia que yo y aprovechara mi cansancio para dominarme, a la final me arriesgue y lo fui preparando con movimientos hasta que tube la oportunidad, de aplicarle un Spladle, y tanto fue mi asombro que lo logre lo tenia a mi merced y no logro escaparse, tanta fue mi alegria, no fue porque gane sino porque logre aplicarle un Spladle con solo haberlo visto en videos, ahora que pude aplicarlo me centrare mas en eso, nadie se espera eso, lo seguire practicando hasta perfeccionarlo.
recently tube a fight with a teacher who teaches Greco-Roman wrestling in my city, I liked the fight, I have knowledge of fighting, but ofcourse more than me, was a good and long struggle, at first I felt intimidated because the professor, but as the fight was becoming intense I had more technique that, but at times the keys I apply, but always managed to let go at the end, I thought I had no chance against that teacher with experience, I not able to implement and to master it but if estubo close to it, and the hour and a half I achieved master leg with a triangle on his neck could do to surrender and that encouraged me, i was studying much Spladle not dared me to apply it, because as I had no experience in doing this technique, but I had raised in my mind, but you see I thought that if the technique failed could me the advantage that pair mistake to dominate me, after I could master it we estubimos as two hours more and neither concretized one submission, it was time that was Exhausted and feared that the tubiera more resistance than me and exploited my fatigue to dominate, to the end I risk it and was preparing to movements until tube chance of applying a Spladle, and both my astonishment it succeeds had him at my mercy and I can not escape, so was my joy, it was not because win but because achieving apply a Spladle just seeing it on video, now I could apply I will focus more on that, nobody expects that, I'll keep practicing to perfect it.
Nope, I wasn't doing both boxing and wrestling together (although that does attract a certain group of you here on Meetfighters). I have had a busy week and not able to write about my progress learning both boxing and wrestling, so having to put both together. So, in a Star Trek "Captain's Log" style, here is how my recent classes have been....
Boxing Class 18.02.15
Good grief. I turned up at a different class from my normal, mainly because last time I did it, I liked the fact it offered conditioning/padowork/a bit of sparring. Unfortunately I was one of three turned up and the gym instructor moaned "Just done an MMA class. I don't know if I can be bothered". Then he found out I was southpaw and kept saying how much he finds southpaw teaching difficult. I was tired. I had a bad day at work and was really in the mood to punch something/one *delete in according to who that "someone" would be). I did some combination work to me, but having a combination of 16 or so different moves was enough to pack my ZX Spectrum brain in. And it really didn't help having a less-than-enthusiastic instructor. Hell, we all hate our jobs sometimes. But Jesus Christ, if you really can't make people feel welcome and included in a boxing class, go work in McDonalds.
I am returning back to my old school next Wednesday - I feel that this class should be avoided. I was just as well going to my gym and having a "Boxercise" class. And are Southpaws really that bad a deal to instructors?
Had to work with two older guys (yay!). Building up on a double-leg takedown, and how to get out of it. First move : if your leg is trapped, put arm in underhook, push down on back of neck and at the same time with your shoulder on your opponent. this should give you enough leverage to push your leg out of the lock and then spring and attack.
Second move: your leg is locked yet again between your opponents legs. grab your arm around his waist, your other arm just under his arm and then "kick back" springing forward. Then you have some time/space to get your arms underneath and then work on taking him down.
third move: the "elbow lock" which I found out is actually quite painful! If your leg is locked in between your opponents legs, you hop round, get your arms underneath his arms at his elbows and squeeze. God that hurts!!
After this was a bit of sparring and you know what? This was a point when wrestling stopped being a lesson and actually became - dare I say it - FUN!! I walked out of the class quite happy. Who wants a fight?
Back to my usual Sunday class which was enjoyable except it was also frustrating - my cross (left hand seeing I am southpaw) was a bit weak and my instructor came round and said I wasn't really throwing myself into it or really launching it, using my body enough to extend the shot. Which is fine (I'm glad he picked up on it, and after Wednesday's class I'm pleased to have an instructor who actually cared), but after more than 2 YEAR LEARNING YOU'D HAVE THOUGHT I WOULD HAVE KNOWN HOW TO THROW A GODDAMM CROSS PUNCH!!!
Met new guy in gym. We talked about sparring, but at end of class (where gym instructor asks us all what we would all like to do) I was too shy to ask him to sparr. So another week without sparring. Never thought I would miss sparring.
Had my 2nd gut workover by Italian giver. THIS DUDE IS SERIOUS. After nearly 2 hrs nearly non-stop I had to give. This was one long GUTBASH with many deep, heavy and powerfull punches by someone who knows what he's doing and LOVES IT. Highly recommend Italian giver if you want the real thing in a prolonged gut workover !!!