Hear ye, hear ye! Let it be known that on this day and henceforth, the jester known as Ginger no longer sucketh at Jiu-Jitsu! Celebrations shall commence throughout the land of Ethridge!
Conan taught the advanced classes at LBJJC this week, and it was almost like being back at the dojo, we even worked on kesa gatame on Wednesday! I don’t remember Professor Greg ever having us practice anything from scarf hold, so it’s been awhile since I trained it, but I still use it sometimes when I roll (although I now prefer the modified version, kuzure kesa gatame), and I even submitted a male white belt with an americana from scarf hold just last week!
I think the fact that my first Jiu-Jitsu instructor was teaching class, and we worked on things I haven’t really practiced since we were at the dojo, made me realize that back in the day I truly did suck, but not so much anymore! I’ve just had too many successes lately to deny that I’ve developed some skills.
I’m usually not good about accepting compliments, but during the positional grappling on Wednesday, when I was on top against Josh, he gave me kudos for my kesa gatame, and I thought “Yeah, I don’t suck at this!” When I was on the bottom, he tried to blind me by sweating directly into my eyes, but somehow I still managed to pull off the reversal that we had practiced in class that day, which actually surprised the shit out of me! Um, I don’t mean literally, I kept my shit inside…unlike Josh and his sweat!
This past week I also had a moment where I saw myself through someone else’s eyes. I submitted the same white belt twice in one roll, and the way he reacted made me realize that he certainly didn’t think I suck! Of course, he could be wrong about that (white belts are wrong about a lot of things ;), but I think he may be right, because despite the fact that he’s bigger and manlier than me, and he’s been training for a little while, I tapped him because of my technical knowledge and ability, and someone who sucks probably wouldn’t be able to do that. I used to be lucky to get one single sub in an entire month, and now I’m getting two in one day!
So yeah, I don’t think I totally suck anymore, but that still doesn’t mean I’m good at Jiu-Jitsu. When I did the positional grappling from kesa with Mike on Wednesday, not only did he reverse me several times, he also took my back. During king of the mat from butterfly guard on Monday, I didn’t do anything good against anyone, and when I rolled with Jerad during open mat last Saturday, he let me chose two subs, which were the only ones he was allowed to use on me, so I knew exactly what was coming, but I just couldn’t stop it, twice. I still have a long way to go, but at least I’ve moved up to mediocre, and that feels pretty good right now!