It was a nice day in Lincoln on Wednesday, so maybe that’s why a total of only six students showed up to train BJJ in the adult classes. Other than The Professor, the advanced class consisted of Beemer, The Hulk, Tumbleweed, and moi, and the only students in the beginner class were Sweeney Todd and Mo Money!
It’s just too bad for everyone who wasn’t there that Greg chose Wednesday to teach us all the ultimate secret to getting better at Jiu-Jitsu! Even though I shouldn’t reveal it, and it’s possible I could be banned from BJJ for life if disclose it, I’ve decided to risk it all and share the secret: “Go to class.”
I know how life can sometimes get in the way of training, and I’m sure everyone had very important things to do, but that was an unusually low number of students for a Wednesday evening, especially in the beginner class. I didn’t stay for that class, so I don’t know what it was like, but the advanced class was pretty awesome!
Since it was just a few of us die-hards there, we skipped the calisthenics and drilled escapes instead. Then Greg let us choose what we wanted to work on, and Mike requested a sweep from reverse de la Riva, which was fun (once I got the hang of it!). At the end I rolled with Mike, Jerad and Adam for nine minutes each, and I didn’t get triangle choked once! I did get other-kind-of-choked a few times, but it was still an improvement from Monday!
I actually attempted to triangle The Hulk when we rolled on Wednesday, but I failed, and that might’ve been a case of biting off more than I could chew (or more accurately, more than I could wrap my legs around ;). I started out that final roll by immediately pulling Adam into my closed guard and getting a seat belt grip, then telling him I was going to just try to hold him there for the entire nine minutes, which The Professor overheard me say, and responded with “I think that would be worse for you than it would for him.” Sometime after that I swept The Hulk with a hip bump, and then I basically just tried to stay on top for as long as I could!
Any time I can go to class (and do errrthing!), it’s a good day, and I wasn’t kidding about it being the ultimate way to get better at BJJ. I usually train Jiu-Jitsu 3-4 times a week, but I wish I could go to all the classes!
“Nothing here to fear, I’m just sitting around being foolish when there is work to be done.” -Tori Amos