When I first learned how to do an omoplata, it confused me so much that I didn’t think I would ever figure it out. It seemed too complicated, I thought there were just too many things to remember. Not to mention that I found the whole process to be physically awkward, everything about it was hard for me. Then about a year ago in our women’s class, Amy had us drill it over and over again, until we had a decent grasp of it. It still felt unnatural and uncomfortable, but at least I basically understood how it worked, and what I was supposed to do.
Then yesterday in Jiu-Jitsu class while we were practicing omoplata, I realized that I could probably do it in my sleep. Not that I always remember all of the details, or really even try to use it to submit people when I roll, but it now feels natural to me. It doesn’t seem at all complicated anymore, it makes perfect sense.
That made me think about all of the other things that I once couldn’t do, but now can. It made me realize that the things I find difficult at this moment may very well seem simple to me one day. It gives me hope that as long as I keep putting in the work, the mysteries of Jiu-Jitsu will all be revealed.