Because the Ethridges still pay family dues at the SRSK dojo (since Joe studies there, and so I can attend Ethridge Jiu-Jitsu class on Sundays), and the pricing at Lincoln BJJ Center is structured by how much you train, I can only go to three BJJ classes per week. That might actually be a good thing, because if I had access to unlimited training, there’s a good chance that people outside of the gym might never see or hear from me again! I’m kidding, LBJJC doesn’t offer that many classes, yet! Hell, sometimes I don’t even make it to my three classes.
One thing that’s hard about being limited at Lincoln BJJ is trying to decide which classes I should attend. Beginner or advanced? Gi or no-gi? Open mat or competition class? Since I help out with the kids’ classes on Monday and Wednesday evenings, I usually just stay for the advanced gi classes that take place right afterward. I prefer attending the advanced classes, because they’re longer, more strenuous, and we do more grappling than in the beginner classes. However, I feel like maybe I should go to more of the beginners, because I could still use a lot of practice on my fundamentals (but I get to work on some of that during the kids’ classes).
So, that accounts for two classes per week, but I’m never sure what I want to do with the third one. Sometimes I go to the beginner gi class on Tuesday or Thursday, and other times I attend the no-gi class on Sunday (after Ethridge class). If I’m getting ready for a tournament, then I usually go to the competition class on Saturday.
One class I don’t attend very often is Saturday open mat, for a couple of reasons. First of all, I’m still a little petrified to ask people to roll, so it’s easier to just avoid it. Secondly, even though I love grappling as much as the next person, at this point in my training I feel like I’m better served by structured instruction and drilling than by free-rolling (but I could be wrong about that).
This week I decided to not make the decision about the third class myself, and instead I asked Conan whether I should go to open mat on Saturday, or no-gi class on Sunday, and he recommended that I go to open mat. It was awesome, and I didn’t even have to stress about asking anyone to roll yesterday, because four different people asked me, which might be a record!
I’ll probably start attending open mat more often, possibly alternating it with no-gi class (because I figure I should get some no-gi training in!). Btw, if you want to ensure that I will not be attending the same class as you at Lincoln BJJ Center, feel free to go to the all-levels class at 6:30 am on Fridays, because I can guarantee that you will never see me there, even if I had unlimited training! I am not a morning person. One time I did get up to do Jiu-Jitsu on live TV at 5am, and that was more than enough for me!