So I just had my first class with a Gi, third class no Gi, and first wrestling for mma class. Some of my random thoughts and questions. 1. It's very humbling when you are pitted against a black belt for sparring and they have you start in the mount...fast forward 20 seconds he's on top of me and I'm tapping x 15. 2. When the sparring starts in open guard where one person starts sitting down and the other person starts standing. When I'm the one standing I'm at a total loss of what to do. What should I be focusing my energy on in terms of basic positioning and items to control? i.e. wrists, ankles. I'm just like randomly grabbing ankles and wrists and trying to spin around the person which I know is not right. 3. I need to increase my ankle flexibility a lot. When I'm in someone's guard, it's extremely uncomfortable for me to sit all my body weight back on my heels and try to flatten my instep on the floor. A lot of times I end up getting a bad foot cramp. 4. It was interesting to see the little differences on how take downs work for mma compared to collegiate style wrestling takedowns. I can see how greco and freestyle translates a little better due to having to take into account you can get punched, kneed, and kicked in the face. 5. When sparring, I feel somewhat akin to when I used to play those complicated fighting games like Killer Instinct or Tekken and I had no idea how to legitimately do any of the moves so I would mash all the buttons and move the joystick around and hope something sticks. 6. It seems no matter how good of shape you feel you are in, fighting training whether it be grappling or striking always kicks your butt.