I don’t experience a lot of instant gratification in Jiu-Jitsu (does anyone?), it often takes awhile for me to get the hang of things, but then I appreciate it even more when I finally do have success, because of all the hard work that went into it. So, I felt immensely encouraged during the advanced class last night, when I threw a blue belt with koshi guruma!
We only did one round of standing sparring, and I probably would’ve been satisfied with just not being thrown, but I didn’t play it safe, I had the confidence to go for what I wanted, and I succeeded. It was an added bonus that Professor Greg was watching, and he said “Nice job, Gina”, but I found myself wishing that Coach Amy had been there, because she’s devoted a lot of time and energy to helping me learn how to throw, and koshi guruma is the throw I practice most often in Ethridge class, so I know she would’ve been happy to see me actually throw someone with it, especially since I set it up in a combination (osoto gari to koshi guruma). My technique probably wasn’t pretty, but it got the job done.
To be honest, I didn’t really want to go to class last night. I didn’t want to work on throwing, because I took a hard fall on Monday (my back is still sore), but I trained anyway, and BJJ rewarded me with a rare success.
“Cause you can’t, you won’t, and you don’t stop.” -Beastie Boys