“Passion has little to do with euphoria and everything to do with patience. It is not about feeling good. It is about endurance. Like patience, passion comes from the same Latin root: pati. It does not mean to flow with exuberance. It means to suffer.” —Mark Z. Danielewski
I went back to Lincoln BJJ on Monday (after taking a week off for my popped knee), and I’m really glad I made it to the advanced class that night, because Tumbleweed Mike was the teacher! He actually teaches me all the time, but this was the first official class I’ve attended at LBJJC where he was in charge, and as to be expected, it was awesome! Mike has tons of knowledge to share, and his passion for Jiu-Jitsu definitely shows in his teaching.
The class was small (Tumbleweed, Fuji, Danger, Darijo, and myself), but that just means we got a lot of personal attention from Mike on all the aspects of the sweeps from spider guard that he taught us. Three of the people in class on Monday are going to be competing this Saturday (not me!), so we started a couple of rolls from standing, then we shark tanked two of the competitors. When we started on our feet, I didn’t let myself just jump guard, I really tried to set up some throws, but was unsuccessful against both partners. Mike ended up throwing me with a hip toss, and true to form, as soon as he lifted me up, I yelled out in terror!
There were a couple of mishaps during the shark tank, which didn’t have anything to do with me for a change! Danger was accidentally punched in the face, leaving a giant bruise, then Tumbleweed took a foot to the junk. It was obviously painful, and he was suffering, but he joked “Couldn’t you have just punched me in the face?!”.
I had a lot of fun in class on Monday, I even scored a couple of spider guard passes during the shark tank! The only thing I really didn’t enjoy was that Mike had us start with running, which is one thing I definitely do not miss from the old warm-ups at the dojo. I dislike running in general, and my sore knee wasn’t happy about it, so I eventually resorted to walking (but my knee made it through the entire class, with no major issues!). Seriously, if you ever see me running somewhere other than in BJJ class, then you better get to safety, because the most likely explanation is that the zombie apocalypse has begun!