I recently joined a judo club in chicago to improve my stand up game. I had the opportunity to roll against one of the volunteer sensei who's a 3rd dan. here's my thoughts: -I was able to pass his guard into side control, but he had amazing hip movement, i was amazed at how he was able to shrimp away from me when i had his side. -his side control and pins were crushing. It was like i was wrestling an anaconda, everytime i squirmed he held it tighter. i fought for underhooks so i can bridge out and when i did i was able take his back. i was able to take his back a few times, and he turtled up. however, he did not focus on protecting his neck from the turtle. i went for a lapel choke from the back but he was able to successful defend. -he was able to mount me and got me in a keylock. however, i felt pressure in my ELBOW as opposed to my shoulder. tap and ended the match. an aside, 100% of the time i get keylocked in jiujitsu pressure was from the shoulder, but it's interesting in judo i felt it in my elbow. after the randori he asked if i had an prior martial arts experience, i told him i was a blue in jiujitsu. he gave me a respectful smile and nodded. of course when we were doing tachiwaza, he just LOL'd and made me his bitch (but in a nice way). So what i wanted to say is, 3rd dan's are no joke!!! also the judo club spends about 60/40 tachiwaza vs. newaza. seems to be very complete. however i did rolled one of the brown belts, and he didn't seem to be ver proficient on the ground. seemed to want to maintain the pin then to go for a submission.