Have I ever mentioned that I love Jiu-Jitsu? I really, really do! You know you love something when a week away feels like forever, so it’s great to be back to training after being sick last week.
We practiced the Gordo half-guard sweep at Lincoln BJJ yesterday, and half-guard is definitely a position I need more work on, because I end up there quite often (and I hate it!). I picked up some good details last night, and I even managed to win a couple of times during the positional grappling (but not with the Gordo sweep). I also did better against The Professor than I normally do (which basically means he didn’t take my back and choke me), but Mike beat me every twenty seconds, from the bottom and the top!
I think yesterday marks the first time I’ve gone to the advanced class at LBJJC and not gotten submitted! That’s probably because we mostly did positional grappling, and we started over whenever there was a pass or sweep, but submissions were an option, so just let me have this one, because it may never happen again!
We only had one free-roll last night, and mine was with Jordan, a blue belt I’ve trained with since the dojo. He’s been out for six months due to injury, and it’s great to see him back. He didn’t even care if my red head stained his white gi, he said it would just give him an excuse to buy a new one! Our roll was good and tough, neither of us got a submission, and afterwards Jordan said something to the effect of “I know I’m tired because I’ve been out for awhile, but you are definitely much harder than you were six months ago!”.
That might be the best compliment anyone has ever given me in BJJ, so between that and not being submitted, yesterday was special. To top it all off, in the kids’ class they practiced the armbar from mount, and it was difficult for many of them to grasp, so I kept hearing “Gina, we need help!” It feels great that I have the knowledge, ability, and opportunity to help them!
To reiterate, I love Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu! I love doing it, I love teaching it to kids, I love writing about it, but mostly…I love not tapping in it! ;)
“Either work hard or you might as well quit.” -MC Hammer