I am so bad at Jiu-Jitsu that they demoted me to the kids’ class! I’m kidding, although I did attend the kids’ class yesterday, but it was just to be a partner for an 11 year-old girl. I know Brooklyn and her dad Tim from the dojo (where she used to train Judo) and after she went to the ages 10-15 class at Lincoln BJJ last Wednesday, her dad said on Facebook that she was the only kid there, so I commented that I would’ve gone and been her partner if I had known. A couple of days later he sent me a message saying she had agreed to go to class on Monday if I would go, so I did. The kids’ class was pretty much the same as the adult beginner class, only shorter, and the way I look at it, I can never get enough of the basics, so going to class to be her partner was mutually beneficial!
Since the kids’ classes started at LBJJC a couple of weeks ago, we have had kids’ attending, but they’re all in the 5-9 year-old class. Well, except for the 13 year-old who I’ve partnered with in the adult beginner class for a few Thursdays in a row. It looks like he is just going to keep coming to the adult classes with his dad instead of the kids’ classes, which is fine with me, because he’s a good partner for me to work with, since he’s about my size!
My husband is normally the one who trains with kids, because he teaches two youth Karate classes, and helps to teach two youth Judo classes, every week at the dojo. We didn’t have Ethridge Jiu-Jitsu this past Sunday, because Joe was with the dojo kids doing demos at “Streets Alive”, an event where they shut down a few blocks of the city streets to encourage people to walk, bicycle, roller-blade, or basically do anything that promotes physical activity.
There were a lot of kids at the event, and the dojo handed out flyers for a free month of classes, so Joe expects they will see an increase in the youth program. I guess Lincoln Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Center should have been at the event, too! I actually didn’t go to it with Joe on Sunday, because, well, the no-gi class at Lincoln BJJ was during the same time, and I went to that instead. As the saying goes, you can take a Ginger out of Jiu-Jitsu class, but you can’t…oh wait, scratch that, you can’t take a Ginger out of Jiu-Jitsu class! I’ll even go to the kids’ classes, I don’t care!