After that, I got to roll once more against a 320lber. I let him get on top, so I can work on sweeping and reversing a bigger man. I got a reversal and a side control escape to a double leg takedown from the knees. It took a while to get to each reversal, but I need to move faster and be more aggressive. I relied too much on my strength, but that's fine, because I need to exhaust myself before working on my technique. I stopped after that, since my left knee is bugging me and I didn't want to get injured. I was satisfied for the night of training BJJ.
After that, I headed over to the 24 Hour Fitness gym in West Covina. I spent almost 25 minutes on this workout. Last year, all of my opponents in my weight class were heavier than me, so I'm working on more strength and power with minimal rest to work on my conditioning. I plan on doing the open as well, so I can't have the reps be so low. I need to be more explosive, so in order to do that, I have to lighten the weight.
Luckily, I had a talk with my wife about competing, and surprisingly, she was okay with it. I'm taking the opportunity to get some medals for her and my son. It's all fun and games for me. I really don't go hard in training, regardless of my training partner's rank. I tend to save everything for the tournaments. Rolling in class is just experimental, I try to avoid using any of my A game, but since I haven't trained consistently, I have to do so, in order to work on my timing and make sure that that part of my game is still there.
At this point, I'm looking to chain my attacks a bit more, along with my set ups. Normally, I chain two to three attacks, now I'm looking to do four to five from different positions. I'm going to put myself in worse positions, so I can work on my defense first for these next three to four weeks. After that, I'll work on positioning and transitions next month, and four weeks before the tournament, I'll put all my attacks together. Working on worst case scenarios first and then put it altogether in time. My goal is to train at least 3 days a week no matter what. Even if the training is for 20 - 30 minutes, I'm going to get the training in.
I'll be training with white and blue belts for most of the time during this training camp, so I'll have to be creative in working with my training partners. It's a big shift from the last school, since everyone there was a higher rank with significantly more experience than me. Since I'm very limited in time, I have to remain patient in my progress in learning. I can't remember the last time I was taught a move or a series of techniques, so I'm heavily relying on my experience as well. I'm glad that I competed a lot last year, so I don't feel uncomfortable there. I'm just glad that I'm injury free at this point.
Speed Bench - 135lbs and 225lbs - 10 reps, 5 sets- 275lbs - 5 reps - 1 minute rest between each set
Stability Ball Push Ups - 4 sets - 15 reps - 30 seconds rest between each set
Cable Rows (Neutral Grip, Shoulder Width) - 150lbs, 225lbs, and 2 sets - 300lbs - 10 reps - 45 second rest between each set
Cybex Pulldown Machine (Pronated Grip) - 190lbs, 280lbs, and 2 sets - 370lbs - 10 reps - 45 second rest between each set
Jump Squats - 30lbs, and 3 sets - 50lbs - 10 reps - 30 seconds rest between each set.