A few years ago when my daughter was still going to Ethridge Jiu-Jitsu class with me (back then it was called “Women’s Jiu-Jitsu Class”, and we even had another ginger!), my husband filmed a video of one of our Throwing Sundays. Yesterday was another throwing class in Ethridge Jiu-Jitsu, and I decided to film it again. Since my husband was my partner this time, our cameraman was Tripod, and I think he did a pretty good job, considering that he didn’t move at all.
I wanted to film throwing class because I wanted to be able to see my mistakes, and I was curious as to whether my throwing has improved since the last video. It turns out it hasn’t, not even a little bit. You can clearly see how terrified I am of being thrown by Joe, and towards the beginning I attempted to latch onto him for dear life, which is a big no no! There’s less than five minutes on the video I published, but I have over an hour of footage, and I saw a lot of mistakes, many of which I wasn’t even aware I was doing at the time. One of the things I noticed is that I don’t bend my knees enough on hip tosses, and I don’t set my feet well. The good thing is, now that I’ve seen myself making the same mistakes over and over again, maybe I can actually correct them.
I considered leaving off the grappling portion at the end of the video, because I’m almost more embarrassed by it than I am by my crappy throwing. I basically couldn’t stop giving Joe my arm (I guess I wanted to give him an early anniversary gift!), so I spent most of the roll trying to not get armbarred, only to get armbarred at the end. I also turned away from Joe and exposed my back at one point, but I was lucky he didn’t take it (or I would’ve gotten choked instead of armbarred ;). Oh well, there’s always next Sunday, and thankfully it will be all grappling!