I tend to laugh quite a bit during Jiu-Jitsu class. It’s not that I don’t take my training seriously, I’m just easily amused, and I train with some people who like to joke around, which makes it a lot of fun. I also truly enjoy rolling, so I’m usually in a good mood, no matter how difficult it gets! I think I laughed even more than usual during the advanced class last night, and that might’ve been because it was a small group of us who’ve been training together for years, or maybe it was because The Prof wasn’t there and Jerad was teaching, so it was a little more informal, but whatever the reason, I’m not sure if my abs hurt today from the exercises, or all the laughter!
Jerad had told us it was possible that Professor Greg might show up at some point during class, and David joked “How will we know when he’s coming, so we can start working hard?”, but we really didn’t slack off (Jerad wouldn’t let us!). We didn’t actually learn anything new, after the warm-ups we practiced a guard retention drill that we hadn’t done in awhile, then we played some “guard games”, which consisted of king of the mat from various forms of guard (closed, spider, butterfly, half). I did not “win” any of the games, because I didn’t pass a single guard, but I still had a great time.
Then we had two free-rolls at the end of class, my first was with My Mentor Mike (which is always a blast!), and I felt honored that The Instructor Jerad chose me as his final roll. Both of them ended up triangling me, but I think I had as much fun as you can possibly have while being submitted!
BJJ isn’t always fun and games for me, but I think that mostly happens when I’m stressed about the past or future, instead of being in the immediate moment. When I just try to do the best I can, and don’t worry about the outcome, then the pleasure of each accomplishment, no matter how small, always comes shining through!
“It’s not about winning, it’s about fun!” -Spongebob