I took a whole week off from BJJ for my popped knee, and when I went back yesterday, I was able to make it through the entire advanced class without any problem! It was a tough class, heavy on positional grappling (we didn’t practice any techniques), and after the warm-ups and exercises (which included lunges across the mat between each set), we started out by doing takedown sparring!
After the takedowns, we worked on positional grappling (up, down, and out, king of the mat style) from mount, side control, back mount and turtle. Then we had three free-rolls at the end of class, and there were an odd number of people, so Greg invited (forced?) a white belt who had been sitting there watching to join us. He’s had previous training elsewhere (he’s also attended the advanced class before) and when we rolled, I actually managed to get a triangle choke on him! I went for the triangle from a failed omoplata attempt (which had followed a failed kimura), and it’s been awhile since I successfully triangled anyone, so I was pretty happy about the whole thing! He did tap me with an armbar after that (so my ego didn’t get too big. ;). The other people I rolled with were Jerad and Adam, so needless to say, I didn’t sub them. I also don’t remember either of them subbing me, but if not, it was probably just because they didn’t feel like tapping me out yesterday.
I’m going to let you in on a little secret…I might not be as bad at Jiu-Jitsu as I think. Don’t get me wrong, I still suck, but I do have some skills. I’m not saying that because I triangled a white belt yesterday, but because lately I’ve been trying to be more aware of the things I do correctly when I’m rolling (instead of just my mistakes), and there are actually a lot of them. During last Sunday’s no-gi class, after I rolled with a newer student who I’d never trained with before, he asked me “You’re a blue belt, aren’t you?”, and I confidently said “Yes, I am.” I still don’t think I wear it particularly well, but it’s getting a little more comfortable.
For while in BJJ, I’ve been feeling like my spirit has been bruised (but never broken!), and now it’s on the mend. So much about Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu depends on your mental attitude, and by trying to focus on the bright side, the warrior within me is coming back to life!
“Shootin’ at the walls of heartache. Bang! Bang!
I am the warrior.” -Scandal