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10 May 2016

10/05/2016 - Open Mat

Class #720
Artemis BJJ (MYGYM Bristol), Can Sönmez, Bristol, UK - 10/05/2016

Just one beginner today, but that did mean I could practice my intro class again. I went with the mount escapes option this time round (my alternative is the RNC), meaning I could also build in the basic drills too, helped by the tips Seymour shared at his opening class for Borehamwood BJJ. I stuck with my usual bridging, but adopted the same shrimp Seymour showed. I like to run through the three types of bridging, show the trap and roll, then move into shrimping and showing the elbow escape. The elbow escape is a lot more complicated though, so it might be worth showing a side control escape instead, perhaps? I'll test that out next time I have a beginner pop along to the Tuesday open mat.

Unfortunately, I managed to hurt my lower back at kettlebells, as I was trying a heavier weight on the swing. 32kg is clearly risky if you don't put it down properly: I should have just let go when I felt I didn't quite have it right. The first two swings were fine, but it was finishing off that third swing that caused problems. Hopefully that twinge in the back won't last too long though. Writing this up Wednesday afternoon, it's already much better than it was on Tuesday night. ;)

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