The Circle of Iron BJJ tournament is one month from today, and it looks like I should be able to compete. I had a re-exam of my back yesterday, and the chiropractor said my healing is going even better than he expected! That’s extra encouraging since I trained Jiu-Jitsu four out of the past five days, and my back didn’t suffer any ill effects from it. I did have to sit out the last couple of rolls in the advanced class yesterday, but that wasn’t due to my back, it was because I also have a minor tweaked wrist, which will hopefully stop being a pain very soon.
I’m disappointed I missed out on the last two rolls, especially since I was doing well during the positional grappling. I did some good things (including passing guard directly into a submission!), and it was one of the rare times where I felt like I really do deserve my rank. Almost letting myself get choked unconscious by Ken wasn’t one of my brightest moments, but I guess they can’t all be winners.
Even better than getting good news from the chiropractor, and feeling happy about my training, was a conversation I had with one of the parents after the kids’ class yesterday. I worked with his daughter during part of class, and afterward he thanked me, and said he thought I did a great job of walking her through the techniques as we were doing them together. Then he told me “I think this might be your calling.”
I felt completely humbled by his statement, but it was really nice to hear. I don’t usually think I bring very much to the kids’ class, other than a body for them to practice on, so it feels good to know that maybe I have some value there. I guess I do feel called to do it, because I love kids, and I love BJJ, and I want to give something back to Jiu-Jitsu, so investing my time in the next generation seems like a perfect fit.
Earlier this week. the father of one of the other girls, Brooklynn, made me promise that if anything ever happens to him, I will pick her up and take her to BJJ class. I hope I never have to fulfill that promise, but I’m willing to. She’s the whole reason I was allowed to start helping out with the kids’ class in the first place.
Winning a medal at the tournament would be nice, but it wouldn’t have any kind of impact in the world. I would much rather have a parent tell me I helped their child, because it’s something that can really make a difference in the future of BJJ.
“If you want to change a whole people, then you start with the girls.” -Terry Pratchett