I went to the beginner class at LBJJ tonight, and it was a true white belt class, because none of the students who were there held rank at the dojo (well, except for me). We worked on sweeps from when your opponent stands up in your guard, and I did feel pretty special when Greg used me to demonstrate the second sweep we worked on. I don’t remember ever learning that particular sweep before, but I was able to pick it up pretty easily, and I even effectively used it against Greg during the positional grappling! Wha? I’m sure he let me set it up because he was testing to see if I would remember and do it.
I also felt pretty special at the end of class when some of my bros who were sitting there waiting for the advanced class to start began cheering me on when I was going for a triangle on my grappling partner. I switched to an armbar and tapped him, which to the best of my recollection is only the second time I’ve submitted someone at LBJJ! The first one was a straight armbar from mount a couple of weeks ago.
My husband told me that I need to stop whining about the changes in detail on some of the techniques at LBJJ, because I’m not really having to learn anything new, I’m simply “polishing” the things I already know, and just like in any other martial art, I will be doing that for the rest of my life. I think that’s especially true in Jiu-Jitsu, because it’s constantly evolving.
There will never come a point in time when I’m done learning, and I’m actually enjoying the process tremendously right now, so it really doesn’t get any better than this! I have the lack of pressure of being a white belt again, but I’ve come a long way since the first time I wore one. I am truly loving every minute of my training, whether I sub anyone or, like most of the time, I get subbed myself. My drive to improve at Jiu-Jitsu will never die.
|I’m super happy! It’s like regular happy,
except I’m wearing a cape.