A New Hope

Our women’s Jiu-Jitsu class was officially canceled a couple of months ago, so Amy’s just been teaching my husband and I on Sundays.  Then last week I received a message from fellow blogger and Jiu-Jitsu student Josh saying he knew a lady who was interested in trying it out, and she was disappointed it had been canceled.  I told her we would be there at noon on Sunday, and that she was more than welcome to join us, which she did.

Kori’s been training Hapkido with Josh for about a year, and I believe she also trains Taekwondo.  She had been exposed to some grappling, but she hadn’t really received much instruction, so she wanted to check out Jiu-Jitsu.  Her previous grappling experience had been more mixed; including striking, pressure points, and even hair-pulling!  I think her martial arts training helped make her a quick student, and Amy complimented her willingness to go for it, she wasn’t afraid to try do anything we practiced.  I really enjoyed working with her, and I hope she felt the same.

I don’t like to get my hopes up anymore when new women come in, because even though they all say they had a lot of fun and they’ll be back, I never see most of them again.  The only women currently attending our regular Jiu-Jitsu classes are Sara and I, the same as when I started training over three years ago.

I do think Kori enjoyed the class and learned some things, but she lives an hour away from Lincoln, so I don’t know if she liked it enough to make the drive every week.  We’d love to have her as a student, and Amy already has her next few classes planned if she decides to come back.

Shihan actually scolded me for going to class on Sunday, because I am still supposed to be taking time off to heal, but I was careful with my injury, and I don’t think it did any harm.  I certainly wasn’t about to miss the rare opportunity to share Jiu-Jitsu with a new woman!

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2 Responses to A New Hope

  1. Thanks, Gina! I did have a great time and plan to return. My background is American Free-style, Shotokan, Tae Kwon Do,(all when I was much younger, more flexible, and bit more daring),a very brief stint w/ Wing Chun, and the past three years in Hapkido, which is my passion. And, yeah, there's a reason my hair is kept short! The distance only becomes an issue if the weather is bad. There's no jiu-jitsu in Fremont, and what will be offered at my home dojang is a RMA program (weapons, pressure points, upright & ground fighting, and I don't know what else yet.)So, I'll be back, don't you worry! Our son wants to check out judo and Aikido, too. When we find a good place to train, we're willing to go the distance. Thanks for working with me Sunday. I really appreciated each of you taking the time to teach me.

  2. Gina says:

    That's great to hear, Kori! We really look forward to seeing you again. :-)

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