I’m not sure if I went to BJJ class or a rave last night! First of all in the kids’ class, there was Brooklyn’s misunderstanding of the term “knee on belly” to be “neon belly”, which sounds like a name of a techno band! Then at the beginning of the positional grappling from back mount in the adult advanced class, I didn’t tap soon enough to Mike’s choke, and it was like “Hey, when did you guys put a strobe light in here?!”. Due to almost being choked out, I spent the last half of class grappling in a somewhat altered state of consciousness.
I don’t normally remember everything that happens when I’m rolling, but because I was dazed and confused yesterday, I only remember flashes. I think I was a lot more vocal than normal, and I know that later on when I was rolling with Mike again and he tried to put me in a bow and arrow choke (which I believe is the same choke I almost passed out to earlier in class, but it might’ve been a lion killer, I’m not really sure) I emphatically said “No, no, no!”. Mike must have thought “The lady doth protest too much, me thinks.”, because he choked me anyway! However, I tapped quickly enough that time.
I’m usually good about fighting chokes until the last second, but knowing when to tap, and not being too stubborn, so I don’t know what went wrong yesterday, and it left me feeling a little loopy and shaky, even after class was over. From the flashes that I do remember, I don’t believe it hurt my grappling too much, and it might have even helped in some ways, because I wasn’t over-thinking (but I wouldn’t recommend it ;).
On a more serious note, I have been choked fully unconscious once, but it was voluntary and intentional, done by a trained policeman-turned-firefighter, for the purpose of demonstration during a self-defense class at the SRSK dojo. Apparently, I had a slight seizure when I went out that time, so it’s not something I’d like to repeat.
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