From time to time, we have Jiu-Jitsu students who only show up for the last thirty minutes of class…open mat. One of the seniors joked(?) that we should start having open mat at the beginning, so that when they came in, they would have to go to class. I think they might just go home instead.
Sometimes I wonder what would happen to Jiu-Jitsu class if we put a freeze on rolling. I wonder how many people would still show up if there was no open mat at the end. Not that I think we should do that, as everyone knows, live grappling is a very vital part of training. I’m just curious as to how many people are glancing at the clock during drills. I’ll admit that I’ve even caught myself doing it a time or two.
I am now facing the prospect of being able to return to Jiu-Jitsu class soon, but still not being able to roll for awhile. It would be one thing if no one else could roll either, but seeing everyone grappling and not being able to participate is a form of cruel and unusual punishment for me. It’s like putting super yummy sugary candy in front of a child and telling them they can look at the candy, they can smell the candy, they can even touch the candy…but under no circumstances are they allowed to eat it. Waaah!
You find the fun and snap! The job’s a game!
In the most delightful way.” -Mary Poppins