Coach Amy and my husband both show up to Ethridge Jiu-Jitsu class on Sundays mostly just to help me, so I get a lot of say in what we practice, and although they do try to push me out of my comfort zone, I’m the one who really gets to decide how far it goes. Yesterday, since my sore knee still isn’t completely healed, I told Amy I didn’t want to do anything too “intense” (like the full-resistance sparring that Joe and I typically engage in), so she asked me what I did want to do, and I said I wanted to teach some of the cross guard omoplata techniques that I learned at the Tinguinha seminar last weekend.
At the dojo they say you don’t really know something until you can teach it, so my desire to try to teach was basically a selfish one, because I figured it would give me a chance to practice the techniques some more, and to see how well I understood them. I just learned them last Saturday (then reviewed them on Wednesday), but I believe I did a pretty good job of teaching them to Joe and Amy yesterday, and I think we all had fun! It helped that they both have experience, but I was able to demonstrate and explain in such a way that they understood, and I felt like they executed the techniques quite well.
At the end of class, I was somewhat reluctant to participate in the “final death match” that Joe and I usually have (because I was worried about how my knee would hold up) but we both agreed to try to be less deathy than normal, and we actually stuck to it! I was doing a good job with my positioning, and I got several sweeps and escapes, but I still ended up succumbing to an armbar. Amy said she was disappointed that it wasn’t an omoplata (since that’s what we had been practicing), and it occurred to me that I don’t recall ever being submitted with one (and if I have, odds are it was by Tumbleweed!).
Even though it was less intense than normal, Joe and I did still roll fairly hard yesterday, so I’m happy that there were no issues with my knee, and it didn’t bother me too much afterward. It looks like all systems are go for participating in rolling during class at Lincoln BJJ tonight, which is a good thing, because the snowpocalypse is supposed to hit Nebraska tomorrow, so I don’t know when I might be able to train again!