I did it! I actually taught an entire Jiu-Jitsu class to my husband that didn’t descend into chaos and anarchy! I went into it with a theme and a plan, so it was a big improvement over last week. I even had warm-up drills that tied right into the techniques we worked on.

The theme of the day was…drumroll…submissions from guard! Seeing as how I really like guard, and I really like submissions, I figured that would be a good choice. As a result, not only did I have confidence in what I was teaching, I also had fun doing it.

If at first you don't succeed, try doing it the way your wife told you.

The subs we practiced were kimura, omoplata, armbar, and of course, triangle choke. We spent the most time on the first two, because Joe has the least amount of experience with them. I have to admit it was kind of enjoyable to watch him try to understand the omoplata, since I’d struggled so long and hard to figure it out myself. Of course, that struggle is what enabled me to be able to answer every question he had about it!

So, Ethridge class was a success this week. I think I did a decent job, and Joe might have even learned something. He didn’t have any complaints (except for some minor whining about his abs hurting afterward ;). That doesn’t mean I’m at all ready to teach a “real” class, but I’m a little bit closer than I was before.

“I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life and that is why I succeed.” -Michael Jordan

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