I reached another milestone in jiu-jitsu yesterday, I threw up for the first time! I’ve gotten sick a few times while doing stand-up sparring before, and occasionally I’ve felt like I was going to hurl while rolling, but yesterday was the first time I actually did. Not all over the mat or anything, thank goodness, I made it to the bathroom, but still. It was pretty embarrassing to walk back out and tell Amy “I threw up.”, and have her say “We know, we heard you.”
It’s my own fault. I ate a greasy cheeseburger about half an hour before class started because I forgot that this class was going to be dedicated to helping me get ready for competition, which translates to “make Gina work until she cries”, or in this case, “vomits”. I stood in the middle of the mat and took on competitor after competitor non-stop. We started with 30 seconds to take down and submit, and worked up to five minute matches. I think I made it about 20 minutes straight before the aforementioned spewing. Then I came out of the bathroom and went back to work.
It was actually a lot of fun! However, my takedowns have me a little worried when it comes to the fact that I will soon be competing in Judo. I got a lot of them, but mostly by grabbing legs, which is no longer allowed in Judo. Amy had to put the stipulation on me that I could do no more double or single legs, only sweeps and throws. I was able to pull a few off after that, so hopefully I will be alright for the Judo match. I think part of the problem yesterday was that we were working no gi. It’s a lot easier to throw someone who’s wearing a gi, and I’m more used to that.
In a couple weeks Amy is going to dedicate class to specifically helping me get ready for the Judo tournament, so that should help a lot. She is worried (as am I) that I will get disqualified, so we are going to work hard on having me remember the rules when I am tired and stressed. Which means, of course, working me until I cry. Remind me to not eat anything before class that day.