Do you ever have a day in Jiu-Jitsu when the instructor demonstrates a technique that you’ve never practiced, and you think “There is no way I’ve ever going to figure that out!”? Well, that’s exactly how I felt during the advanced class at Lincoln BJJ on Monday when Professor Greg showed us the rolling back take from quarter guard! I’d seen it before, but I’d never done it, and there’s just so many moving parts, I didn’t think I would be able to make it work. Greg even said that when he first saw it, it seemed complicated and impractical to him, but upon further inspection, he realized it was a great technique.
Then to my surprise, it only took a couple of reps for me to understand what was going on, and by the end of drilling, Professor Greg said I was doing a good job! My ability to make sense of new techniques in BJJ is definitely improving, and even though I wasn’t able to successfully use it during rolling at the end of class, I was happy that I went from “What the hell?” to “I can do this!” in such a short amount of time.
I was kind of hoping that we would practice the rolling back take again in the advanced class yesterday (to make it stick in my mind!), but Rojas has an MMA fight coming up, so The Professor dedicated class to helping him prepare, because that’s the kind of personal attention you get when you train at Lincoln BJJ! We worked on defending against foot submissions, and passing when you’re in single leg X guard, and then during positional sparring, something happened which was even more surprising to me than figuring out the rolling back take on Monday…I actually succeeded against one of my partners with the pass we practiced in class! I also had some other successes during rolling this week, but that’s the one I’m most happy about.
Another thing I’m happy about is being able to train again with one of my original bros, David Danger! When the majority of the Jiu-Jitsu class at the dojo left for Lincoln BJJ, he decided to go in a different direction, but now he’s joined us, and I’m so glad he’s back in my Jiu-Jitsu life! He and I partnered together during class on Monday, and I really enjoyed training with him again. I hadn’t worked with him since I’ve been at LBJJC, so I thought about what it was like when we used to train together, and it made me realize that I’ve seen great improvements in my skills the past couple of years, it’s almost like night and day!
I don’t think it really takes too much for me to be happy about my training…I figured out a new technique! I passed someone’s guard! I trained with awesome bros! I was reminded that I suck less than I used to! Even the worst days in BJJ have redeeming qualities, and I never regret going to class, but it’s always nice when I’m able to see some progress, because the happy days are what really keep me coming back for more.