Amy wasn’t able to teach our Ethridge Jiu-Jitsu class yesterday (because she was busy murdering blow-up dolls to create a crime scene for Wesleyan students to investigate, CSI Lincoln style) so Joe and I went in and worked on our own. Instead of just grappling the whole time (like we normally might have done) I decided to take the pressure off by starting out with slow-rolling, where we each took turns doing techniques back and forth, without resistance. It gave both of us time to think about what we were doing, and really focus on the details. This type of practice prevented Joe from doing many of the crazy “Joe-Jitsu” things he usually does, and it gave me a chance to practice my teaching by showing him some of the more technical aspects. I think it worked out great for both of us.
About halfway through class we switched to full-resistance positional grappling drills, with the goal being to either escape or submit. We still tried to keep it slower than normal, and I think that helped me to stay more relaxed, and have a lot more fun. I normally have a hard time slowing things down, but the results were worth it.
After I told Joe that I was done for the day, he decided to try to attack me anyway, but I managed to get the upper hand and put him in side control. Then I just got up and started leaving, but he attacked me again, and I said “Hey, I let you go! You can’t get up and attack me!”, and he responded “You didn’t run away fast enough.” I was able to get top position again pretty quickly, then I jumped up and ran, and he didn’t catch me that time. He’s just lucky I didn’t stomp kick him before I took off!
I feel like a little bit of my awesomisity returned yesterday. Slowing things down gave me chance to realize just how much I do know about Jiu-Jitsu, and to see how effortlessly I am able to perform certain techniques. Even more importantly, I found my happy place. By taking the pressure off I was able to have a good time, and I think I actually performed better as a result. It felt as if I was in control almost the entire time. If I could only figure out how to slow things down and relax like that when I compete.