I have hit a major wall in training, so I am starting this log to collect my thoughts and be able to go back and review what we have learned and drilled in class. My biggest problem is applying what is in my head to the mat. I am still inexperienced, but I have an idea of what type of game I want to play I just can't make it happen. 4/30 We worked mount drills. Keeping the position while the bottom person is trying different escape setups. Live rolls were uneventful, but I worked with the one instructor on a side mount escape. I always get caught in side mount and was trying to use an escape I saw on the Roy Dean instructional. I don't know if I was doing it backwards or not, but everytime I would go to frame with my forearm in my opponents neck I would wind up exposing my arm for a really easy kimura. This escape involves framing real quick both arms in close one in the neck. A quick bridge to move that arm into an underhook. Then the opposite arm goes inbetween the legs and grabs the pants. An quick elbow escape and lift of the pant leg gets you into half guard. I also tried to use some of the new cage hotness with the chechen overhook. I was able to get the positioning a few times, but couldn't execute any of the moves. I don't think I am flexible enough for the triangle from there. I also don't think I was creating the pressue on the shoulder that was opening up the opposite arm to be used in the sweep. I will continue to try and work on that. Also was shown how to break a cross collar choke by pushing the elbows in and just posturing up. It annoys me sometimes how simple something like that is, but I never thought to do it.