On Monday of last week we were doing some spider guard drills, the guy on the bottom must sweep or submit, the guy on top needs to pass only, and you are not allowed to close the guard at all..half guard..nothing.
So the guy on bottom has a disadvantage for sure, especially someone like myself that never plays spider guard. However, I still think that this exercise is great because it forces you to play a game you would never play. I found that although it opens up alot of avenues for them to pass, it also gives you a great mobility on your back with alot of attaching options, great risk greater reward maybe. I started to get comfortable after a few rolls and manage to sweep and pull triangles from the spider guard control…and a few tight armbar attempts…then something happened…
I was partnered with another guy a good size larger than myself, a good guy with good control, but he tends to transition somewhat explosively, and when he was diving in to pass my spider guard, my right leg was entangled somehow and I felt the pain in my right knee that has been gone for a few months now…Great! Back to square one I though!
I had a pretty painful meniscus injury in December and stayed out for 3 months, and I have been back for a month and bam something like this happens.
However, the next day it wasn’t feel too bad. Wonderful! I can ice it and be back in a few days. Then I stood up from my work bench and started walking, and instantly had an intense dull pain on the opposite side of my knee. The original Meniscus problem was inner knee, this new super sweet pain was on the outside of the knee. And I could barely walk without limping. It’s Sunday and only now am I able to walk somewhat normally. I have no idea what is wrong, I just hope that some rest, ice, and ibuprofen will take care of it…and I can be healthy enough to get some real training in. The tournament is next month…I’m a bit worried.