Seven submissions

Ethridge Jiu-Jitsu class was all 100% full-resistance rolling yesterday. Amy had Joe and I start from various positions; on our knees facing, back to back, side by side, and standing. We had a two-minute time limit, and if there was no submission, we would reset. It was double elimination, so one of us had to sub the other one twice before we moved on to the next position. It was brutal!

I think I only came close to submitting Joe once (with an armbar from scarf hold), otherwise he was the king of all the starting positions. We spent the most amount of time in the side by side position, because by the time we got to that one, I had started protecting my arms better, since he kept armbarring me. By then I was also determined to get top position in the initial scramble, not that it really mattered, because one time yesterday Joe actually tapped me when I was in top side control, which is not supposed to happen! When we were stuck in the side by side position, Amy reminded us that we couldn’t move on until there was a submission, so I told Joe he should just let me submit him, and Amy said she didn’t think he was capable of doing that (it’s probably because he doesn’t want me to write on this blog that I tapped him! ;).

My husband is a far better grappler than he should be for his level of Jiu-Jitsu experience, and that’s partially due to natural talent, and also because of his other martial arts training (particularly Daitoryu and Judo). He may be good at “Joe-Jitsu”, and he’s really strong yet flexible, but what I don’t understand is why rolling with him is often harder than with the advanced students at Lincoln BJJ Center. I did fend off a lot of his attacks, but he still submitted me seven times yesterday, and each one was in less than two minutes! Although I do get tapped out quite a bit in the advanced class at LBJJC, it’s not usually that bad, so it leads me to believe that most of those students are continuing to take it easy on me, and yet I still lose. How demoralizing.

One thing I learned from getting tapped out by Joe seven times yesterday is that I really need to break my bad habit of reaching for things, letting my arms get away from my body, particularly when I allow them to cross the center line. Mike basically told me the same thing a couple of weeks ago, but I guess I needed to be shown (repeatedly) for it to really sink in.

You would think after the ass-kicking I received in Ethridge class, I would’ve had enough Jiu-Jitsu for one day, but I actually went to the no-gi class at Lincoln BJJ afterward, because apparently, as Brooklyn’s dad said last week, I am a glutton for punishment. However, I did opt out of the last ten minutes of that class, so I do have a limit. It’s not that I didn’t want to get submitted anymore, I was just physically sore and mentally exhausted. I still am, and I don’t want to get burned out, so I’m taking today off from BJJ.


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