Hammer Time

Today’s Ethridge Jiu-Jitsu class was a tough one! We did full-resistance positional grappling, and the intensity level increased towards the end, when Amy put pressure on by telling us “Pretend you’re in a competition and you’re behind on points. There’s only thirty seconds left, and you need to get a submission or you lose.” Neither one of us got a sub within the shorter time frames, but I did pass Joe’s guard during one of the thirty-second battles, which was surprising! I also almost got a triangle choke on him (Amy said she was surprised he didn’t pass out!), but otherwise, he mostly hammered me.

After that class at the dojo, I just wanted to go home and take an epsom salt bath, but I had told Conan I would go to his beginner no-gi class today, so I headed on over to Lincoln BJJ, and considering how worn out and sore I was already, I didn’t expect training to go very well for me, but I was wrong. I actually did something that I don’t remember ever doing before, I submitted three different men on the same day! We started our “up, down, and out” grappling from side control, and I had at least a dozen matches, during which I was successful all but a few times (including from the top and the bottom). I had attempted to set up several different subs, but the one that I succeeded with each time was armbar from modified scarf hold.

Nailed it!There was a brand new guy in the no-gi class who’s probably double my weight, and when he came up next in line to start in side control on me, he looked at Conan and asked “Are you serious?!” (not in a disrespectful way, I think he was afraid of smashing me), and Conan was like “Yeah, dude, that’s how we roll!”. I started out on the bottom against him twice, and I escaped to full guard both times, then at the end of class when he was shaking my hand, he told me “You are awesome!”, but I can neither confirm nor deny his newbie assessment.

I’m glad I went to both classes today, and after my husband fed me so much humble pie in Ethridge class, it was nice to be able to dish some out myself. I’m especially happy that I did so well in side control (no-gi at that!), because it’s never been one of my strong suits, and I can tell that I’m improving. I know I’ll be back to being the nail again during the advanced gi class at LBJJC tomorrow, but it was kind of cool to be the hammer for a change!

“The secret of this sport is, while you’re the nail, hang in there, let them hit you,
until the day you become the hammer, then you smash them back.” -Renzo Gracie


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