You Go To My Head

Quiet people have the loudest minds.“You go to my head
And you linger like a haunting refrain
And I find you spinning round in my brain
Like the bubbles in a glass of champagne” -Sinatra

Sometimes I have so many thoughts about Jiu-Jitsu that it’s like a big bowl of BJJ gumbo inside my head, and I can’t even identify all the ingredients (which is how I felt after class at LBJJC on Wednesday), but one of the ways this blog comes in handy is that it allows me to organize those thoughts into something that resembles coherence. I don’t share all of the things that are on my mind (not even close!), but when I consider what I might want to write about, it helps me to generally focus my endless rambling thoughts.

Sir Conan taught the advanced class on Wednesday night, and it was centered around concepts for escaping mount, which wasn’t the first time I’d been introduced to them, because I’ve attended Conan’s “mount escape concepts” class before (but I think it was more in-depth this time around). The focus was on varying ways to alter your opponent’s weight distribution in order to take advantage of it, and when he first explained it, I thought about the fact that at times when I’m trying to escape mount (especially against larger people), I’ll just wait for the opportune moment, instead of trying to create it myself, or I’ll even do risky things (such as baiting a sub) to open up the necessary space, but Conan’s instruction helped me see that I do have better options.

“If you spend too much time thinking about a thing, you’ll never get it done. Make at least one definite move daily toward your goal.” -Bruce LeeThe major difference between the first and last times I was taught the concepts is that during class on Wednesday, I was able to successfully use some of the things Conan showed us to help me escape mount during rolling (against two bigger blue belts!). When I was first introduced to the ideas, they seemed too complicated, but now I’ve started to figure them out, and it didn’t hurt that Tumbleweed was my partner for drilling on Wednesday, because his understanding helped me to grasp the technicality.

Last week when Professor Greg was teaching us the rolling back take, he said he’s been working on it for a whole year, and he’s just now feeling as though he’s gotten the hang of it, which made me realize that fully incorporating a new technique (or concept) might take a lot of time (even for a black belt!). It rarely happens all at once, and there’s probably going to be some trial and error along the way, but consistently practicing it (and not just thinking about it ;) seems to be the key to unlocking the mysteries of BJJ!


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