22.2.11

BJJ / Grappling Moral Victories

Last night's BJJ advanced session saw Martyn cover a couple of guard passes against the butterfly guard. As usual for how we train BJJ, when we do the rolling (Integration) section we start from the position covered so every roll started from one person playing butterfly guard sweeps and attacks while their partner works to pass or submit.



5 minutes left on the clock, just enough time for one last roll. I looked around me and saw one of our sharpest wrestlers. A beast of a blue belt (and a great dude too). I called him over and started from butterfly guard.




Grip fighting. Sweep attempt. Guard pass. Recovery. Turtle. He attempts to swivel to my back. I block. He wraps my body but his arm is too deep. I wrap and sit thru for a reversal. He...flies...over landing on his back with me in an Ura Gatame-esque position.




I, after years and years of trying, finally got one of our best wrestlers onto his back. There was only enough time left on the clock to stabilize side control but little did I care. I flipped him like an over-done pancake and that was all that matters!




Such is the juvenile nature of Moral Victories. The beauty is that the smaller the victory, the sweeter it tastes because it becomes very personal. No one else really cares that for the first time since you started BJJ you survived for a full 4 minute round with a blue belt when to you it means the world. It's a first and that's all that matters.

How about you? Have you had any BJJ / Grappling related Moral Victories lately?

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4 comments:

Family Mat-ters said...

Anytime I pull off a half guard sweep - it's a rare occasion for me. Love the Snoopy picture - totally captures the emotion!

The Part Time Grappler said...

Haha many thanks. Exactly how I felt about the pic too.

A.D. McClish said...

Haha, awesome illustrations to a great story. Congrats!

The Part Time Grappler said...

Haha thank you Allie. It felt gRRRreat!