Rolling with a legend

Ido Pariente and Gina Ethridge

I went to the advanced class that Ido Pariente taught at Lincoln BJJ last night, and it was awesome. I had planned to just drill and not roll (because my hand is still going numb), but Ido actually wanted to roll with me, and there was no way I was going to turn him down! Professor Greg is the only BJJ black belt I’d ever grappled with (there aren’t many of them in Nebraska), and even though I was more than slightly terrified to roll with Ido, I was also extremely excited, and I felt very blessed and humbled that he asked me.

Ido Pariente and Gina Ethridge

Despite my nerves, I don’t think I made a fool of myself when we rolled, it actually went better than I was expecting, he didn’t even submit me (but I know that’s just because he was being kind!). Ido told me I did well, and he gave me a compliment on my spider guard, but he also said I need to do a better job of keeping my hips underneath me when I’m sitting up, and to never be flat on my back.

Ido Pariente and Gina Ethridge

I took a bunch of pictures of Ido rolling with my teammates last night, and apparently when I rolled with him, someone (I’m guessing Gary the Great, Ido’s “handler” ;) picked up my camera and took pix for me, which was a nice surprise! In my world, opportunities to grapple with someone as accomplished and talented as Ido don’t come along very often, and when I started training at the SRSK dojo, I always heard about his legend, but I never imagined that one day I would actually get to train with him! I really do believe that if he hadn’t introduced a Jiu-Jitsu class at the dojo fifteen years ago, grappling in Nebraska wouldn’t be where it is today, and I probably wouldn’t be doing it, so rolling with him was truly one of the greatest experiences of my entire journey. It was legendary!

Ido Pariente and Gina EthridgeIdo Pariente and Gina EthridgeIdo Pariente and Gina Ethridge
Ido Pariente and Gina Ethridge

Lincoln BJJ Center

Wednesday’s advanced and beginner classes at Lincoln BJJ Center.
After seeing this pic, I’ve decided what LBJJC really needs is a few more beards.


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