BJJ, last night
It must have been “bring a friend to class” night, since nearly half the guys brought a buddy. A few new old guys, too, so it was a crowded mat.
Felt good in the warmup and was even beating the guys on some of the drills. Then we drilled basic triangle from guard (so many new guys). Then rolling.
I defended and moved fairly well and avoided most submissions. Again didn’t go for any submissions, but when they just power out of it or bench-press me off every time I go for something, I start to forget to go for that. Even used the triangle pass that we had drilled a defense against earlier. (Hey, I’ll take everything I can get!)
But overall it was a frustrating set of rolls. Three strong-arming guys. One kept kneeing me in the face and didn’t realize it. One just laid on me for most of the round. They all hurt me, but it was the same type of hurt I get every night from these guys. So while it hurts, I’m resigned to it.
And then the third guy tried to throw an ankle lock on me. We’ve never learned ankle locks in class. He rolled/shoved me one way and twisted my ankle the other way; that hurt enough for me to tap, but he shoved me again to roll me again and out of range of tapping and he continued to jerk on my ankle. I couldn’t reach him to tap so I had to holler, “Tap! Stop!” instead. Half the class stopped to see if I was okay.
He apologized profusely the rest of the night, and I know that he really didn’t mean to hurt me. But it still hurt. These guys try to overpower me for every submission instead of working to set it up correctly. And they can do it, but they hurt me in the process by jerking my limbs every which way, often going too deep (i.e., past the point I would have tapped at). My elbows and ankles, especially, have been injured many times before BJJ and I don’t want them hurt again, so I really will tap if you get me in a real submission.