It was a special day for me in BJJ on Wednesday, because not only did I get a submission during free-rolling in the advanced class, it was an omoplata. I rarely even attempt them, and this was the first time I’ve ever gotten a tap with one! Once I had my partner in guard, I kept him on the defensive by trying to set up many of the sweeps and subs in my playbook, then an opening for the omoplata appeared, and I took it. I couldn’t even believe it worked, but it did!
Wednesday was another small class, and The Professor separated the people who’ll be competing (Mike, John) to do tournament prep, then he taught the rest of us (Conan, Justin, me) a slick kneebar from butterfly guard. I told Conan I didn’t understand it at first, but he replied “You don’t have to understand it, you just have to do it.”. Then after a few reps, I started to get the hang of it.
At one point when Professor Greg was teaching us the kneebar, he asked “Do you know the entry from standing? This is the same thing, except we’re setting it up from butterfly”. I shook my head yes, because I immediately thought of this video I had filmed a few years ago, which is basically the technique we practiced on Wednesday, except Conan is a lot better at it now!
Another thing I learned on Wednesday is that if there is ever a fire at Lincoln BJJ Center, and I have to save Tumbleweed by dragging him across the mat by his gi sleeves with my fingers, then he is going to die! That’s just one of the many fun exercises that Professor Greg added to class on Wednesday, which also included fireman carries, piggybacks, wheelbarrows, and backward dragon crawls. I was really glad that Mike was there, because he only weighs twenty pounds more than I do, and carrying and dragging him was still difficult, but I definitely preferred it to running on Monday!
When The Professor lamented “Where is everyone?” at the beginning of class on Wednesday, my first thought was “Jiu-Jitsu is hard!”, but there may be some injuries and illness going around. I don’t know why attendance has been down lately, all I know is that there are a limited number of advanced gi classes at LBJJC every week, and whenever I attend them, I always feel like I accomplished something, even when the only person tapping during my rolls is me (which is most of the time! ;).
“You need to get up, get out, and get somethin’
Don’t let the days of your life pass by.
You need get up, get out, and get somethin’
How will you make it if you never even try?” -Outkast