For the first time in a long time, 90% of the people there were even matches - all brown belts, all within +/- 2 inches of me in height and within +/- 1 weight class (i.e. 15-20 lbs). While I threw and was thrown, I did manage a couple of good things:
- My O-Uchi Gari Technique is improving, becoming more fluid and more effective, and I used it successfully several times last night
- My Uchimata is improving too, and I threw someone with a really nice Ken-Ken Uchimata.
Sensei suggested that I work on my timing and continue improving the way I move on the mat. I also mentioned to him that I feel like a one-combination kind of guy, and he suggested that he would work with me on incorporating Hiza Guruma into my repetoire.
Still I am glad that this combination technique is becoming more mature. In addition to adding one or two more combos, I need to continue to improve this combination too.
While Sensei Watanabe has been working with me a lot on some of my techniques, I would have to say that some of my alternative gripping and entry ideas have come from the book -' Ashiwaza II' - by Mike Swain. I will hopefully be getting a book review up in the near future.