Sharing the love

Yesterday my husband asked me to go to the dojo and teach an “introduction to Jiu-Jitsu” to the kids in his Karate class, and I was a little nervous because I’ve never been in charge of a kid’s class before, but it ended up being a lot of fun. Sensei Joe’s class on Sunday is reserved for the more advanced students, and it usually has a smaller turnout, but only one kid showed up yesterday, so he got a private Jiu-Jitsu lesson! When the rest of the kids find out what they missed, they’ll probably be jealous, because Joe said on the few occasions when he’s done groundwork with them, they always loved it.

Even though there was only one student, I still followed the lesson plan I had prepared, and I structured class basically the same as The Professor does at LBJJC, but I kept in mind that it was still a Karate class, so we also discussed things like blocking strikes. Since the boy in class yesterday was an advanced student with several years of Karate training, and he was a little older than most of the kids I usually help out in BJJ class, it wasn’t hard for me to teach him, and I thought he seemed to mostly understand what was going on.

We ended up having some free time at the end of class, because I forget that the advanced class was ninety minutes (instead of the usual hour for the kids classes), and we filled some of the time by having our student watch Joe and I do a full roll (starting from standing). I tried to sub Joe, but I knew there was no way he was going to let me tap him in front of his Karate student (especially after I had already won during positional sparring and the underhook game! ;). He ended up armbarring me, but it took about ten minutes to get to that point, and I was afraid the boy might’ve gotten bored watching us, but he seemed to really enjoy it.

I can't believe mom signed me up for karate and not jiu-jitsu.Joe told me that he thought I did a great job teaching class, and he wants me to come back and do it again sometime in the future. There will probably be more students next time, but for my first attempt at being in charge of the kid’s class, it was kind of nice to be able to teach without really feeling any pressure. I think I kept my student interested in what we were doing, and hopefully he even learned a little something.

When my daughter heard that I was teaching Jiu-Jitsu to a Karate kid yesterday, she accused me of trying to convert him to “the dark side”, but the dojo has always placed an importance on cross-training (which is how I ended up in Jiu-Jitsu in the first place!). Sensei Joe just wants to make sure his young Karate students have some knowledge from the ground, and I’m glad to help him out, because I’m always happy to share my love of grappling, plus it was pretty fun that I got to boss my husband around!

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