I have recently started training in the Gi. I have trained KB and MMA for a while now. I had no intention of every seriously training in the GI. After stuggling to find regular places to train either KB or MMA following a move to Germany with my career, I decided to gie the Gi a go.
All of my grappling experience has been No-Gi and quite MMA specific. I did compete at one of the Angrrr Management Grappling Tournaments though and did OK (Finalist in my weight catgory and semi finals of the absolute). I mistakenly considered myself to be a 'ok' grappler until I trained with people whos main training is grappling (mine was kickboxing). Needless to say I well and truely got my ass kicked while wearing the Gi.
I have been training BJJ with Gi for since Feb now and I am loving the art and the ammount of new stuff im Learning and the speed in which im improving. It has really benefited my No-Gi game too, especially with defense / escapes etc.
Each session I set myself a challenge for the things I want to do in sparring as I keep relying on triangles, Last week was armbar from mount, yesterday was armbar from the bottom. etc etc. I somehow even managed some kind of Aoki style gogoplata from mount yesterday which was nice.
I was wondering if anyone can recommend any drills that I can do solo to help improve my hip movement? Also are their any instrutionals that you can reccomend?
Sorry for the long post, I just wanted to share some of the backround into my new journey with BJJ.