I think it’s cool that after several years of training Jiu-Jitsu, I’m still having new experiences, but some of them I could do without, like when Conan made me sing during the advanced class on Wednesday! He and I were drilling a sweep from bottom half guard, and he started singing the alphabet as he was doing the sweep, then told me to sing it, too. I figured the reason he wanted me to sing was to keep my mind occupied, so I wouldn’t overthink the technique, and unlike some other delusional people, I am fully aware of the fact that I cannot sing, so I just sang inside my own head, but then Conan told me I had to sing out loud, because I was apparently holding my breath when I practiced the sweep.

Papa Smurf ConanAt first I refused to sing, but then I decided to try to not be so self-conscious and just do it, but I was like “I am not going to sing the alphabet, because I’m not a child, so I’ll sing the Smurf’s theme song instead, because that’s so much more mature!”. I actually chose that song because it doesn’t have many words ( just a lot of “la la la’s”), and it’s hard to take yourself too seriously when you’re singing it.

I was still mortified about singing out loud during class (especially since it was one of the biggest advanced classes I’ve ever been to!), but it did keep me from holding my breath. The funniest part about the whole experience was that Conan also started singing the Smurf’s song, and at one point The Professor walked over to see how we were doing, then he heard Conan singing, and he looked at me like “I don’t even want to know what is happening here.”.

I’m sure it was strange to have the two oldest students in class singing cartoon theme songs while drilling, but that’s how we roll! Actually, I didn’t have to sing when I rolled on Wednesday, since I ended up not rolling at all, because of my sore elbow. It held up pretty well for the warm-ups and drilling, but it was really aching by the time rolling started, so I played it safe and just watched (which did not make me feel very smurfy! ;).

“I’m 546 years old… I’m getting too old for this.” -Papa Smurf


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