BJJ Grrl

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BJJ converts another one

New lady at class last night. She currently does TKD. She might not be doing it by the end of the week, though. ;)

Short warmup. I avoided forward/backwards rolls because brain, and helped the new lady.

(Btw, I figured out how to describe how my head feels. Do you remember those magic pictures? The seemingly-randomly-colored images that, if you stared at them just right, would pop a 3D image out at you? [I tried to insert one of them here for reference, but my brain took one look and said, "Nope!"] Anyway, if you ever used to try them and your brain would start hurting after a while, that’s exactly how my head feels most of the time. Being stuck under fluorescent lights and staring at computer screens all day does not help.)

Drilling. Cross-collar from guard, then to armbar (which is still mostly a choke, lol), then later to reverse armbar. Remember: shoulder sammich. And if you use that top knee to rotate their shoulder down, then finding/finishing the elbow is much simpler.

Couple of rounds to finish up. I went with the new lady; started with her in my guard trying to pass, and me sweeping to mount. Then halfway through the round, we switched places, so she had to try for those chokes or armbars and I passed. She seemed to enjoy herself more the less she was able to accomplish against me, lol. Then I did a round with shiny new purple belt Tyler, and then another round with the new lady, this time from mount.

New lady was so excited and happy, because BJJ > TKD. (It’s true. I used to do TKD, too, so I know exactly what she was feeling.) And then as we were talking after class, I found out that she is the current boarder at my aunt & uncle’s place. Small town ftw! When she told me where she was living and I said that was my aunt & uncle’s place, she said, “So you’re the one!” Apparently they’ve mentioned that their niece does some kind of martial arts thoughwedontknowanythingaboutit.

Overall class was much more relaxed that last week, so I was able to survive without so much brain strain. This is good.

And now we wait for Thursday, when Slideyfoot lands in Virginia.


Friday, April 11, 2014

After not posting regularly for so long, I start to forget…

Monday’s class, I did too much. I even knew it at the time, but it’s so hard to stop once you’re there. Was wiped out for the rest of the week. :o Back to class Friday evening.

Warmup. Then partnered up for specific sparring from mount, submit vs. escape. Then drilled transitions in mount, and then specific sparring rounds again. Then drilled americana from mount.

Rounds of rolling after that, so I sat for a few and then left.

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The emergency room doc said 2 weeks, and last night was 2 weeks. (I had considered going in the morning, but we have a big client at the office this week and so had to be in early for that.)

Huge class, which was actually a help because it meant the warmup had to be slower. There was no forwards/backwards rolling, which I would have skipped anyway. But otherwise I did everything except the sprawls on shoot-&-sprawl juuuust in case.

Class alternated between a few things: guard pass vs. submit (no sweeps? Why no sweeps? All I remember now is sweeps.), gi drags (I was dragged but did not drag), some quick drilling reps, and rounds. I sat out the rounds for sure; I think I sat out one of the specific sparring sets, too. Then when Tim announced the last round (lol, there was probably one more), I headed out.

Head/brain made it mostly fine for about 30 minutes, and then it started up with a touch of dizzy and a bit of nausea. That’s when I started sitting out and popping glucose tabs — and sticking my head out the door for some cool air & oxygen, lol. Came in a few more times as people needed partners for drills, but I mostly sat. I was paranoid about being kicked in the head, and kept scanning the space around for potential errant limbs and moving as needed. Some things, you just don’t want a repeat of…

In one of the last rounds, I noticed Tim hovering over a pair and grinning like a fool. Thought it was a little weird, but then again there were 3 groups really close together so maybe… Oh, nope, he reached inside his gi jacket then caught Andrew’s eye and nodded; Andrew transitioned and held down his partner so the guy’s back was exposed — and then Tim whipped Tyler with a shiny purple belt!

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Six Years and Counting

…counting from the couch still, but still counting. Should be able to go back on Monday and at least do the warmup (but we all know how slippery that slope is…).

This last year has not been kind to my body in terms of injuries. And since I finally broke the guilt-feeling from not training all the times!!1, I’ve taken a lot more time off and trained a lot less. Now, that’s not to say that I like sitting around because of dumb injuries to mostly unimportant things such as brains, at the same time I’m not worrying over lost time or feeling badly about missing class. Jiu-jitsu, while a demanding mistress, is a fun hobby, one that I am serious about but no longer obsessed over and one that I want to enjoy for a long time. And I like it that way. Maybe it helps that I feel as if I’m not lost anymore on the mats and so can pick it back up & practice as desired, or at least as if I can figure out what I did incorrectly and work to fix it. But it doesn’t freak me out that I’m not BJJ-24-7. I also seem to be far less worried about achieving perfection in BJJ, which is also very freeing.

So, not stressing out that I’m not training at the moment, but still looking forward to getting back on the mats for another year of training.


And that’s a concussion :(

Went in to work this morning. Started feeling dizzy/unsteady with a headache and then nauseated after a few hours. I wanted to drive home and sleep, but my manager insisted on taking me to the ER. Perhaps best, as I’m not sure I could have driven at that point.

No CT scan, but I do fit all the signs for Post-Concussion Syndrome. (I still think the one where you stick your left thumb in your right ear while sticking out your tongue is a setup… It might work for what they want, but it sure does sound suspicious.) The prescription is “brain rest,” which means no training (duh) and no computers (shh!), tv, or video games for a few days, which also means no work.

I’m actually at my parents’ house now, as they insisted on picking me up from the hospital and bringing me here to keep an eye on me. Already had a long nap, and already feel so much better. And I’m getting off the computer now.

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