Despite wanting to keep up with this blog, I seem to have lost focus. Lets see if I can get it going again.
Got matched up twice with a former marine with very strong grips and a will to win at all costs.
Its a good thing, really. Those frequently athletic but new to jiu-jitsu uke, sparring partners, are good for your game. They are good for your game the same way trying to handle a wrestler would be. They move in a different way than you expect, and you can also work on things you wouldn’t normally get away with. Work on your butterfly guard, let them pass your guard and work on your recomposing. Just watch out for the flailing limbs and the occasional headlock. You’ll be fine.
Decided to follow up on my journal again, will give an update soon.
This weekend, I’ve decided once again to start a journal, or notebook of those techniques in class. I’ve already started on the basic moves from each position so i can constantly go over them. That should have been done awhile ago.
We have a number of newer students, white belts with prior wrestling experience. Very strong and very good at holding people down. They are giving me alot of trouble and put pressure on me, to improve my technique and cardio. Its a good thing over i’m sure.
When I started jiu-jitsu, there were probably at most one black belt in the whole state, two or three visitors from Brazil, and that’s it. What intrigued me about the sport was my overwhelming sense that given two people with similar builds and athletic ability, one of them despite years and hard work, may never get to black belt just based on performance. That doesn’t seem like the case anymore. Is it a good thing, or a bad thing, I’m not so sure.
I originally made this blog in order to motivate myself and chronicle my journey into old man jiu-jitsu. Part of it involved my wife at the time, but she has moved on and I have come to terms with that. I might be close to mentoring my daughter on her journey. She seems to enjoy the play and to do things with me so I’m hopeful that she gets the bug, but its possible she wont. Time will tell. I got the 2nd stripe on my blue belt, slow going but I’m improving and I roll well against both higher belts frequently and starting to experiment with white belts. My elbow is starting to give me trouble, but I will deal with it, like i dealt with my wrist and neck and back problems.