- Lightly drilling stand up- throws and wrestling
- Kneeling fine with knee brace on
- Playing guard feels fine
- Knee still requires warming up before sitting deep on heels
Previous weeks goals analysis:
- Continue building strength- record and monitor improvements
Green= achieved Orange= Meh, kinda Red= Not achieved
Exercises (per day):
- 10 x 90-degrees-squats
- 1 x 5min knee hangs
- 20 x step ups (on stairs)
- 15 mins on bike
- 3 x 10 lunges on right and 10 lunges on left
- 3 x 10 sec holds of L sit and tucked (on paralettes)
- 3 x 20 macebell swings left and right
- 3 x 10 slow controlled squats (ensuring equal weight distribution)
- 3 x 15 sec holds of heel to butt
- 3 x 15 sec kneeling stretches- push to sit on heels.
I’ve been even slacker than usual updating this. I guess that’s a sign that things are on the mend. If I were to take an educated guess, I’d say I’m rolling at 75% at the moment. My limitations are mainly in scramble positions (trying to wrestlers sit out of turtle, or scramble from weird positions to gain the best position possible). My explosiveness isn’t there, I feel slow in the scramble, and still in a few transitions. I’m not letting it frustrate me too much though. If I go for a sweep and it ends up in a scramble, I’d rather sit back to guard and try again, than risk twisting my knee in some spazzy scramble to get the sweep. It’s helping my guard game tremendously as I’m on the bottom a lot. When I do play on top, my passing is mostly low down as I don’t like risking my knee getting entangled in DLR guard. I like to pass from half guard, which feels safer for me.
December marks 12 months since getting my purple belt. Out of those 12 months I’ve been off the mat 4, and on the mat for 8, so I guess that’s not too bad. A plateau whilst being injured was inevitable, but I’m keen to start progressing again.
January is the month I’m meant to go back to contact sports (ha!). I’ve been so careful with my training since coming back in September that I’m planning on stepping up my workouts and my training for January. I’m adding more weights to my 2 basic movements- deadlifts and squats, and I am noticing a difference my my chicken leg- it’s finally catching up with my normal leg again!
January 10th will be exciting- the first ever Polaris Invitational submission only event is taking place in Cardiff. This event is the sexy love child of Scramble, Tatami and Jiu Jitsu style- UK BJJ coming together to put on something epic. Look at the freakin’ line up:
This is seriously awesome- easily the best submission only event line up I’ve ever seen! It get’s better (for me anyway..)-I’m lucky enough to be taking photos as part of the Jiu Jitsu Style team. Excited is an understatement. I can’t wait to watch some of my favourite Jiu Jitsu guys and girls competing. The last time I got to see anything like this was at ADCC in Nottingham in 2011- check out my photos here.
My next blog will probably be post Polaris, so see you in the new year- Merry Xmas!