Sunday, March 29, 2015
Wow! My arms are still wobbly as I type this. I just got back from a second time grappling with Kaysha Brazil and it was quite a strenuous contest! Last time I was able pull off a 2-2 tie against this compact powerhouse which I'd have to call an upset against a brown belt so I knew this time she would be gunning for me maybe even a little extra.
We met up at the space and set out the mats as we stretch out and warmed up. There was only very sparse chit-chat, maybe a little bit of nerves. We squared up across from each other and slapped hands to start the match. As we did this I see a smirk flash on her face as if to say "you're in for it now..." It's very easy to see she just loves to be competitive and take on a challenge.
As we did last time, part of the game was trying to wear each other out. If I could trap her in a tough position I would hold it and force her to struggle from below and she would certainly return the favor when she was able to sweep her way on top. She's a very patient grappler in that way. If you don't make a mistake she will try to wear your down until you get desperate and finally slip up. And when you do she can transition quick!
Also like last time the biggest trouble I had was having my legs get out grappled by hers. Every time I was able to pass one of her legs she would lock down on the other so tight you can barely lift your hips. I managed to get both my legs past hers just once and I made it count by trapping her in a body scissors and scoring a submission. But this time Kaysha would be the clear victor of this match racking up 4 submissions by way of RNC twice, arm bar, and finally a triangle lock. Each fall was long and as much an endurance match as it was a grappling chess match. But Kaysha seems to have endurance for days! We'll see if I'm able to turn the tables on her next time, which could be in June as she was definitely interested in our NYC June event currently in the works!
Till next time, more training to do for me! ;)