My first session back at rolling yesterday consisted of “eight minutes in hell” positional escape sparring with Tumbleweed, and “eight minutes in guard” with The Professor, and it was awesome! After not rolling during class at LBJJC for almost two weeks (because of my knee), I would probably still feel that way even if my performance had completely stunk, but I actually think I did well from the bottom and the top against both of them. My knee didn’t really bother me too much, and I was only submitted once. Although it was positional sparring (so we started over whenever there was a sweep, etc.), I still think that’s pretty good for starting out in bad positions against those two sharks!
Of course I still didn’t get any submissions on either of them during my eight minutes on top with Mike, or with The Professor in my guard, but I was close enough to threatening one on Tumbleweed that he exclaimed “Woah!”, and when I was in Professor Greg’s guard, I came the closest I’ve ever come to passing. It was with an X pass, and I only had to get around the tip of his knee to complete it, then the buzzer went off. I know if we had kept going, Greg most likely would’ve regained guard, but it did feel cool to come that close.
Then something amazing happened when I was on the bottom of guard against The Professor, and he almost passed, but I was able to successfully prevent it by using the stiff-arm escape that we had practiced yesterday. Greg told me “I like it! You get a gold star for using the technique from class.”
The Professor has said that nothing makes him happier than seeing someone successfully use what he had taught a few minutes ago, and it was even better that I used it on him. Just stopping Greg from passing my guard was really rewarding enough, but to also use the technique we just practiced, and be given a gold star for it, was probably one of the best things that’s ever happened to me in Jiu-Jitsu!