Now and Then

After Ethridge Jiu-Jitsu class yesterday, my husband attended a Karate black belt workout, so I thought it was funny that when he came home with marks on his face, he blamed it on me! I suppose they didn’t spar during the Karate training, but in a complete reversal of how Ethridge class usually runs, Joe and I didn’t do much sparring, either. Coach Amy normally has us do a lot of full-resistance positional grappling and free-rolling, but yesterday we mostly drilled techniques, and we ran out of time, so didn’t even have our final death match! We did start off class with some slow-rolling that turned more real as it went on (after Amy told us to try to sub each other), which is most likely when Joe took the damage to his face, but it probably wouldn’t have happened if he hadn’t fought so much, and had just let me submit him!

While Joe was at the Karate workout, I was at home cleaning out a junk drawer, and I found an old, unmarked VHS tape. Since I still possess the archaic technology to play such a thing, I popped it in, and was pleasantly surprised to find that it contained the TV interview that Conan had done in 2010, which was about Jiu-Jitsu being in the State Games for the first time, and I had showed up to the dojo at 5am to demo grappling on live television! I’d only been training for about a year, I was a yellow belt at the time (BJJ equivalent would be approximately a two-stripe white belt), and I still had very little clue as to what I was doing, but it was fun!

Watching the tape made me reflect on what had motivated me to get up so damn early and be on TV (which are two things I don’t actually care for!), and the main reason was because I thought Jiu-Jitsu was awesome, and I wanted to spread the word (which is also one of the intended purposes for writing this blog). In the interview, Conan described Jiu-Jitsu as being an “up and coming sport” in Nebraska, and both it and I have come a long way in the last six years, but I still train with most of the people in the video (now we’re just at Lincoln BJJ Center), and I still regularly roll with my husband on that same dojo mat where it all started. I still think Jiu-Jitsu is awesome, and I still want to spread the word, but I believe the love I had for Jiu-Jitsu in 2010 pales in comparison to the way I feel now in 2016, because my dedication has been testedĀ numerous times, in various ways, and has stood the test of time!

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