I know The Professor has said that you shouldn’t take an “all or nothing” approach to your training, but I have to admit that when an injury prevents me from rolling, but not from doing drills, it can be hard to motivate myself to go to class, because doing the warm-ups and drilling without rolling is kind of like eating all of your vegetables, but still not getting any dessert! I do believe that when you’re injured it’s best to do what you can, but when I’m not able to roll, I usually leave class feeling somewhat unfulfilled. I just try to remind myself that I knew this BJJ ride wasn’t going to be a smooth one, and that things wouldn’t always go the way I wanted them to, so instead of bemoaning not being able to roll, I’m just thankful that I can train at all!
Although my injured knee has still been bothering me enough to keep me from rolling, it hasn’t been significantly affecting my ability to drill, so I’m glad that I made it to the advanced class last night, especially since we reviewed some of the material from the seminar that Tinguinha taught on Saturday. We focused on the techniques from the first half of the seminar (the cross guard portion), and I definitely benefited from the refresher, so now I can actually remember the details, and I feel more comfortable doing them. One interesting side effect of not rolling is that after I got home from class, since I wasn’t preoccupied with what had happened during my rolls, instead I just kept drilling the techniques over and over again in my head.
Although I do enjoy watching other people roll, when I’m sitting out due to injury it’s difficult to resist the urge to jump in, and I get a little jealous! So yesterday I decided to keep myself distracted by taking some pix of my bros rolling (in order of rank: Professor Greg, Sir Conan, Fuji, Henry, David, Brian, and Jordan).
“Stop, drop, shut ’em down, open up shop.
Oh, no, that’s how Ruff Ryders roll.” -DMX