Thrill of the Chase

Lately I’ve been thinking about how the best parts of Jiu-Jitsu are made up of moments, and they aren’t necessarily successes, they’re just the times when I’m most enjoying playing the game. Sometimes it involves the intricate struggle with an advanced partner, like at the end of king of the mat yesterday, when I went against Tumbleweed and he was trying to sweep me, but I kept floating, so he armbarred me instead. Although getting submitted is technically worse than getting swept, being able to stop Mike from doing anything felt pretty good, because no matter what move I make, he always has a counter.

Another one of those happy moments came during positional sparring in the advanced class on Monday, when I started in neon belly on Professor Greg, and I proceeded to try to submit him with a mounted triangle. Of course I didn’t get it, but he smiled and said “I like the way you’re thinking.”, which was a pleasant surprise, and I was glad he didn’t laugh at me for even believing I had a chance!

"The thrill isn't in the winning, it's in the doing." -Chuck NollI would probably have a lot more success pulling off all of the cool things I learn in Jiu-Jitsu if only my rolling partners would be a little more cooperative, but no, they have their own plans, which don’t seem to involve letting me have my way (I mean, it’s like they don’t even want me to submit them! ;). Seriously though, I don’t think I always appreciate the level of talent that I roll with on a regular basis, and how much getting beat by them has helped me improve. While I may never be able to catch them, I still enjoy the chase.

I did have some successes during rolling this week, I even spent a short time as Queen of the Mat last night, but that’s not required in order for me to have fun training. Some of my favorite rolls have actually ended with me tapping, because there were a lot of good times along the way!


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