Back to the Basics

I made a rare appearance in the beginner class last night, and it was a nice change of pace. Since there are so many new students at Lincoln BJJ Center, I was afraid I might not know anyone, but I actually knew all but one of the people there. Conan said the only reason he went to class yesterday was because Backdraft Brian said he was going to be there, and I was looking forward to choking him, but he never showed up, so he should consider himself officially called out!

I chose Tattooed Ty as my partner, because we’ve worked together a few times when he’s attended the advanced class. He had previous training before starting at LBJJC, and we’ve both submitted one another before, so I guess we’re a good match.

They work on throwing a lot more in the beginner class than we do in the advanced, and yesterday after the warm-ups, we practiced koshi guruma. Surprisingly, I did not freak out about being thrown, probably because I knew that Ty had experience with it, and he only outweighs me by about 10-15 pounds (but he’s a lot taller!). When I was doing the fit-ins, Conan joked that it looked like I had done it before, and I was thinking “Yeah, probably hundreds of times, but that still doesn’t mean I’m any good at it, or that I like it!”

Ty has an unconventional style, so rolling with him is an adventure outside the norm. Yesterday during the positional grappling, I had him in a full-on armbar from modified scarf, but he was too flexible, and I couldn’t get him to tap! Then I heard a pop, so I let go, but it was a normal pop, not the bad kind, so I was relieved.

“Fundamentals are the building blocks of fun.” -Mikhail BaryshnikovWhen I went to the advanced class on Monday, Greg told us that he was going to make us go back to the basics that day, and work on the same technique that they were practicing in the beginner class this week. I was then surprised when it was something that I don’t remember learning. I’m not saying that I’ve never done it before, but if I did, I don’t remember it. I think that’s one of the drawbacks of coming from a non-BJJ grappling background, and then mostly attending the advanced class at LBJJC, because there are still some fundamentals that I missed out on, or that I haven’t practiced enough.

So, it was good to go to the beginner class last night and work on the same side control escape from Monday, because I needed more repetitions! It was also nice to be able to see people who I don’t get to see very often (especially my BJJ dad Harvey!) and to work with other partners. The fact that the beginner class is only an hour, and has less rolling than the advanced class, was good for my injured shoulder. I did end up sitting out of the very last roll, but my shoulder isn’t too sore today, and I think I’ll be back to full training soon!

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