I think that our Jiu-Jitsu program is pretty small compared to some others, I estimate that our class has about 20-25 regular students, with about 10-15 of them showing up on any given day. In some ways this is good, you can get a lot of personalized attention, and there’s plenty of room to roll. On the other hand, you’re always grappling with the same people (or the ever-changing white belts). Luckily, we also have students from other schools who regularly visit us, and it’s a great chance to roll with people from different styles. You can really learn a lot from grappling with people outside of your school, and it’s nice that we have an opportunity to do so, other than in competition.
There is a UNL wrestler, I call him Bubblegum James (because the first thing I ever said to him was “Get rid of your gum, it’s not allowed on the mat”) who visits our Jiu-Jitsu class every once in awhile, and he always asks me to roll. I have grappled with him more than with some of my fellow Jiu-Jitsu students! I enjoy rolling with him, it’s always a fun fight. He does use strength on me (he is a wrestler after all ;) and he always submits me, but he doesn’t just dominate me. He’s good at giving me enough resistance so that it’s a real challenge, but not so much that I can’t do anything at all. I don’t think he wrestles with many people who have a guard game, so I can usually keep him at bay for awhile with that.
He’s the only person I’ve ever grappled with who was wearing a singlet (and the only one I ever will! Kidding!). One time he had a t-shirt on over it, but that kind of made it look like he didn’t have any pants on, which was almost worse. Seriously, I understand the reason for the singlets, I’m just super glad I don’t have to wear one!
James might only be asking me to roll so he can punish me for not even saying “please” when I ordered him to get rid of his gum on the day we met, but whatever the reason, I really appreciate his involvement in my training. Now if I could just get him to wear a gi when we grapple!