Yesterday during Ethridge class at Lincoln Martial Arts Center, Coach Amy tested my husband for his blue belt in the dojo Jiu-Jitsu program! Their belts are a little different than in BJJ, there are no stripes, and there’s a yellow belt between white and blue, which Joe has been for a couple of years now. He said he was tired of wearing a “chicken belt”, and although he only trains Jiu-Jitsu in Ethridge class on Sundays, and just rolls with me, he does know all the requirements for blue belt at the dojo, and he passed the test. That means he’s now a black belt in Karate, a brown belt in Daitoryu Aikijujitsu, a green belt in Judo, and a blue belt in Jiu-Jitsu, so he’s well on his way to a full belt rainbow!
I still have my blue belt from back when I trained Jiu-Jitsu at the dojo, and now I have the one I earned from Lincoln BJJ in 2013, so when Joe said he wanted a blue belt, I told him “I have two, I’ll just give you one.”. Then I quickly withdrew my offer, because there’s no way that I would ever give him my two-stripe BJJ belt, but I think it would be weird to wear it at Lincoln Martial Arts Center, so during Ethridge class, I wear the blue belt that I got from the dojo in 2010 (I’ve had a blue belt for five out of the six years I’ve been grappling!).
While my husband was being tested during class yesterday, I was his demo dummy, and at one point he mounted me, said “Taste the rainbow.”, and made me swallow a marble! Okay, that’s not what really happened, he actually bruised my throat with one of his chokes, so it just feels like I swallowed a marble. It started swelling up right away, and Amy and Joe thought that I should take a break to ice it, but I told them I would be fine, and Amy said “What if you stop breathing?”, so I said “If I stop breathing, then I’ll quit.”, which sums up my philosophy on Jiu-Jitsu in general!
After we got home yesterday, Joe joked that Ethridge class wasn’t as much fun as usual, because I didn’t fight back (our class is normally a lot of full-resistance sparring, but for the testing he was mostly demonstrating techniques without resistance), and if I had been allowed to defend, then my throat probably wouldn’t have gotten hurt, and he might not have even passed his test! I’m kidding about the last part, he’s actually better at grappling than I was when I got my blue belt at the dojo, so he deserves it, and he did tap me out during our full-resistance match at the end of class yesterday, but I hope he doesn’t think that means he can submit most of the other blue belts from Lincoln BJJ Center (no matter how many colors of the belt rainbow he collects! ;).