Before anything, I’d like to thank American Top Team, Coconut Creek, FL (ATT) for allowing us to get together and roll/spar within their facilities.
This was my first Throwdown ever – a throwdown is a get-together of fellow afficionados and practitioners of martial arts, in which they participate in friendly sparring under mutually agreed rulesets and levels of intensity. Understandably, the ATT folks weren’t too keen in letting us go at it full contact under MMA rules, but overall, it was a good experience.
The one thing I got the most out of this event was watching myself in the videoclips. Glaring holes and errors became apparent. In particular, my elbows keep coming out, which is a no-no. I was aware of this, but watching it on video makes me more aware of it. I gotta work on that shit.
People of different backgrounds (Judo, BJJ, MMA, Hapkido, Vee Arnis JJ) and levels of skill (from newbies to pro fighters) got together, got themselves filmed and ended the event with a well-deserved round of sushi.
Below are some of the clips that were taken by me and my Neko687 (Andres). Enjoy.
Neko687 (Andres) vs El Macho (me), round 2 – This is my favorite clip. Like a good Judoka, Neko grinded and dominated the ground. The clips is funny as hell, with pro-mma fighter VulgarTheClown (Ben Stark) quasi-cornering me. I got submitted with an Americana (ude-garami)… fun stuff.
GoldenJonas (Erik) vs El Macho (me) – Erik got me with a triangle choke. At the end of the clip, you’ll see him posting his left leg which I tried to grab and sweep him. It turned out he was baiting me and I fell right into the triangle choke. Nice technique.
Anthony vs El Macho (me) – He, tried everything to pass his guard, but at the end, he bench-pressed me. Yikes!
Neko687 (Andres) vs El Macho (again… me) – see how I walk right into a guillotine choke. Submitted in 25 seconds. Gotta be careful with this Judoka.
This is GoldenJonas (Erik) vs VulgarTheClown (Ben “The Hebrew Hammer” Stark) – this was the only MMA-rules match we had. ATT was a bit wary of us going with full-contact rules, so we had to go light. Oh well. It was still fun and informative.
Here, Ben is teaching us some of the stuff he does on sweeps/reversals.
In total, I recorded 12 clips which can be found here (http://www.youtube.com/group/soflathrodownfeb07) , plus Neko recorded over a dozen, similar clips which are available here (http://www.youtube.com/Neko687)