Tumbling Tumbleweeds

I had another great BJJ class last night, and it’s so awesome to be rolling again! I was worried I wouldn’t be able to make it through the advanced class (after being sick for a couple of weeks), but I did the warm-ups and drills, and I only sat out of one roll, because I felt woozy after the first one with Mike, but I came back after that, and rolled with three more bros.

They see me rollin', they hatin'Mike and I worked together for drills, and when Professor Greg put us with our drilling partners for the first roll, Jerad pointed to us and said “I bet those two are going to be actually rolling.”, because we do a lot of tumbling around, and Mike joked that the only reason he grappled that way was because he thought that’s what they meant by rolling. The discussion reminded me of recently when Mike and I were grappling, and someone must’ve commented on how much we were moving, because I heard The Professor say “They’re small. Small people move around a lot.”. It’s not like that’s what I want to do (since I’m kind of old and lazy ;), but I have to, because if I let most of my rolling partners catch me, I’m done!

When I first started training at LBJJC, one of the things Professor Greg told me is that since I am too small to effectively use pressure on most people, then I basically have to keep moving. That’s probably why I felt dizzy after rolling with Tumbleweed, because he never stops moving! After Mike and I rolled, he complimented me on my defense of his berimbolo, so I said “But you still took my back.”, and he responded “Yeah, but you made me work for it.”. Even though he subbed me three (almost four) times in five minutes, I was still happy with my performance, and I didn’t feel too rusty, because that’s how often he usually subs me.

I attempted a sweep I’d never tried before on another one of my rolling partners yesterday, and he remarked that it would have worked had he not been bigger than me, so that felt like a success. I also managed to pass guard to mount on someone else who I usually can’t pass, which surprised both of us, and I didn’t hold it for very long before he reversed me, but it was still an achievement. After missing class for two weeks, I probably would’ve been happy even if I’d done nothing except tap to a bow and arrow every thirty seconds, but it did feel good to do a little bit better than that!

“I’ll keep rolling along
Deep in my heart is a song
Here on the range mat I belong

Drifting along with the tumbling tumbleweeds”
-Sons of the Pioneers


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