Is it Tuesday? I’m so confused. Between last week (missing 2 days for Girls Camp and recovery) and this week (holiday on Monday), I have no idea what day it is. I walked around this morning thinking it was Wednesday, then this afternoon thinking it was Monday. *le sigh*
Adjustment before class. It’s been a week since the last one, and I could definitely tell the difference in my shoulders and neck the last few days — they haven’t hurt, but they’ve been tight. Immediately difference afterward.
Before class, Justin and Perry rolled for about 10 minutes, then I got slaughtered by Justin for another 15. I’m too slow, both in moving and in thinking. Urgh. Not even any pressure, either, and weak grips all around.
Rolling. Theresa first. Trying to throw more offense and to defend more to make her transition to prepare for the tournament. Then a round with Yoshi, who’s been gone for little while; he was going slow and easy, mostly, which is not how he usually rolls. Was a little strange. Then with the new guy. I worked sweeps from guard. He worked to kneel on my toe and batter my sunburned shoulders. Meh.
Drilling was a De La Riva sweep from guard to armbar. This did not feel good because Theresa had to spin directly on the sunburn on my chest. Ow. Ow. And, ow.
Rolling again. With Theresa again first. Then with the new guy again. He banged my toe around a few more times. I practiced pendulum sweeps and dismounts, with some RNCs thrown in when he handed them out.
I am befuddled by our new people right now. When I started, I knew from the beginning that I was only getting something or getting out because someone was letting me. If I didn’t get submitted in a round, I knew it was because either he hadn’t even tried to submit me or he was letting me defend and escape. I knew that the more experienced guys were letting me work and learn and not just smashing me, even though I knew that they very well could. I saw them roll with each other, and I understood that they didn’t roll that way with me. They were being nice and letting me play, so that I would like jiu-jitsu (would like them, too, I’m sure) and would keep coming back.
So when I roll with new people, I try to go easy and pass along that same initial experience of playing. At the end of the round, they’re breathing hard and sweating; I’m barely doing either. (I have learned that I can’t be loose and sloppy, else they’ll knee and elbow me everywhere. But I slow down and work for sweeps and position mostly.) Most people see me rolling before class with Tim, Justin, and Will, and I guess I’ve just assumed that they would notice the difference between how I roll there and how I roll with them. Maybe I don’t look like I’m doing anything substantial in those rolls, I dunno. But here lately, new people have made some comments after rolls with me — and with some of the higher belts, come to think of it — that makes me think that they don’t have a clue, mostly along the lines of “Hey, I’m pretty good at this: I didn’t have to tap that round.” Well, that might be because I didn’t try any submissions, hon…
Usually I just smile and nod and move away. I dunno, I guess I want them to understand without my having to smash them. Because they’re still new, and somewhere down in here, I am nice and want people to come back. (Mostly because I’m selfish and want good training partners. I remember when Justin told us the same thing, that he was going easy on us to teach us and keep us coming so one day we could be good training partners for him.) I guess I figure that since I figured it out when I was new that they ought to be able to, too.