For my final roll in the advanced BJJ class yesterday, I got to spend six minutes failing to pass the professor’s guard. I think anyone who’s ever rolled with Greg would agree that passing his guard is a daunting task, but I couldn’t even do it when he wasn’t using his arms! That’s right, he held onto his own lapel with both hands, and only used his legs and body movement to thwart my pass attempts.
The upside was that he couldn’t really sweep or submit me, but even the couple of times when I managed to make it to half-guard, he was able to regain full guard in .00008 seconds! It didn’t help my feelings of ineptitude that there was a peanut gallery (ahahaha-peanut gallery-inside joke to Mike ;) of students who were waiting for the next class, and they were watching me get pwned by the armless wonder.
So, the moral of the story is that Greg’s legs are the bee’s knees, and even if he lost both of his arms in a freak armbar accident, he would still be better than me at Jiu-Jitsu! I may as well just sew the arms back on his voodoo doll. FYI, I don’t have a voodoo doll for everyone in BJJ class, just anyone who’s ever submitted me (actually, that is almost everyone in the advanced class!).
All joking aside, I really learned a lot from trying to pass Greg’s guard yesterday. He was helping me understand why things weren’t working, and he wasn’t just telling me, he was making me figure it out for myself. In my experience, those are the kind of lessons that always stick the most.