When I was leaving Lincoln BJJ after the advanced class last night, I walked out to the parking lot at the same time as Rojas, and he said “Everyone kicked my butt today!”, so I told him it would’ve been different if he’d rolled with me, but I was thinking “I feel ya, bro.” He’s a strong, athletic dude, an MMA fighter, and a BJJ blue belt, but even he has a hard time against the sharks in the advanced class at LBJJC!
I don’t really care that Mike, Conan, Adam, and Briangle all kicked my butt yesterday, because I did some good things, and I felt like I gave them a little trouble. I only got submitted a couple times, and I didn’t lose every round of positional grappling, at least one of them ended in a draw. I even had a moment of success when I passed Conan’s half guard, which surprised me so much that I exclaimed “I did it!”, but I think I paid for that later when we free-rolled, because then he didn’t let me get away with anything!
One of the nice things about constantly getting my butt kicked in the advanced class is that it makes me willing to take chances, because I don’t really have anything to lose, so I don’t play it safe, and I’m not afraid to try new things, and if it doesn’t work, and I end up giving up position or getting subbed because of it, then it’s just like any other day! I don’t know, maybe I would get subbed less often if I was more cautious, but that doesn’t sound like very much fun, and I’ve never been so afraid losing that I won’t even try to win.
For one of my rolls last night, Professor Greg let me choose my own partner (which is a rare treat), and naturally I had to choose The Hulk, who was the biggest guy in class. I think Greg was surprised by my choice, but I guess it’s like they say “Go big or go home!”. I’m even crazy enough to try to submit Adam, which hasn’t worked yet, but “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.” – Wayne Gretzky.
“Sometimes when you win, you really lose, and sometimes when you lose, you really win, and sometimes when you win or lose, you actually tie, and sometimes when you tie, you actually win or lose. Winning or losing is all one organic mechanism, from which one extracts what one needs.” -Gloria Clemente