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.
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.
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!