Even after all this time, I’m still having new experiences in Jiu-Jitsu, like not being submitted at all in either of the advanced gi classes at LBJJC this week, for the first time ever! In my own self-deprecating way, I could come up with a dozen reasons why it shouldn’t really count (the sparring time was shorter this week, I didn’t roll with Tumbleweed, etc.), but I had some tough matches, even The Hulk tried to submit me, and when The Professor was watching he said my defense was good, so I must’ve been doing something right. I also wasn’t able to submit anyone, but that’s typical for me in the advanced classes, although I did manage to set up an omoplata on Sir CoCo (in an unsanctioned match at the end of king of the mat last night), but he just stood up, and I don’t think I looked as cool as Clark Gracie when I was hanging off of him!
After I switched schools to Lincoln BJJ a few years ago, and it seemed like I was constantly tapping during rolling, I had a moment where I considered that perhaps my goal should be to try to become unsubmittable, but I quickly dismissed that idea, because I realized that to truly accomplish it, I would have to play it safe, which isn’t really how I roll. I want to be able to do Jiu-Jitsu, not just defend against it, and that means I have to take chances and allow myself to fail in order to learn, so I would probably tap a lot less often if all I did was focus on not tapping, but I don’t think I would enjoy it half as much.
Not getting submitted in the advanced classes this week is kind of a big deal for me, but it wasn’t my plan, it just happened, and I didn’t even realize it on Monday, until I was talking to my husband after class. I was telling him that as the buzzer went off after my final roll with The Sorcerer, I had jubilantly exclaimed “I survived!”, and at that point it dawned on me that I had survived all of my rolls that night. Then yesterday I expected that I would get submitted twice as often in order to make up for it (and I might’ve if I’d rolled with Mike ;), so surviving another class without tapping was pretty special. I think it may mean that my defenses are becoming more intuitive, or at least that I’m making fewer stupid mistakes!