Middle of the Week at Team Lloyd Irvin
Working to Learn and Learning to Work
I want to take a second to cover what we did Tuesday and Wednesday for training. Is that okay with you? No? Oh…
That’s kind of awkward…
Well, if it’s not okay with you, can you leave so I can describe it for those who are interested? Sweet, thanks.
Tuesday we had three workouts. At 10:30AM, we did a massive drilling workout followed by an interesting strength & conditioning workout. It involved no weights and no partner work. It was very similar to a power yoga workout. After the workout I felt great, like all these stabilizers in my lower body had been activated. Now, a day later, I’m quite sore!
At 4:30PM, we did another block of “sprint drilling,” this time with more sets and less rest between. It’s intense! Sometimes the uke gets as much of a workout as the tori with all of the repeated falling.
At 8:30PM we returned and drilled some specific training scenarios in small bursts of time. Very similar to a tabata workout but with brazilian jiu jitsu sparring.
Overall, a really good training day. Master Lloyd was aware of how tough it was and so today (Wednesday) was a bit lighter, not just for his birthday bash but to allow for some recovery.
Starting again at 10AM, we did the standard drilling with a partner, back and forth. Today I worked on omoplatas with brazilian jiu jitsu world champion Alec Baulding. I learned some great details regarding the setup and finishes for the omoplata. We did 6 minute rounds for about an hour. After that, we did a brainstorm session to discuss the different people to look for in our divisions and techniques/strategies to utilize against them. Class afterward consisted again of scenario-specific sparring: one person is up by 2 points, the other has an advantage, get the win! Things of that nature. Only at the end of training is the “open” sparring; otherwise, most of the training consists of specific scenarios sparred at a high-intensity for short amounts of time. Very effective for competition training.
We returned at 5PM for the last session of the day. Started off drilling sweep for sweep and then moved into some heavy open-sparring. I believe we did 6 rounds at 10 minutes a piece and then 3 or 4 rounds at 5 minutes a piece.
Now we are all getting ready to head to Master Lloyd’s birthday bash in Washington D.C., should be a fun time!