Ah, kids. So fickle. The bunch that came in tonight, I could see it when they came in — they were out of sorts and cranky already. So I was not their favorite teacher this week. One even said at one point that they didn’t want to do this again next week. Lol.
They got through most of the warmup okay, but were dragging by the end. They didn’t want to drill. Then one said he was hurt. Another said he was tired. I had to nearly drag them through the rest of class. Toward the end, the girl didn’t like the drill we were doing, so when her brother accidentally clipped her in the face, she overacted big time — crocodile tears and almost screaming. I just let her sit. (She got instantly better.)
Whatever. They’ll probably be fine next week. I do think, though, that we need to have some kind of a “team building” exercise in there, because a few of them are not understanding — or at least not demonstrating — how to work as a good partner.
When I got to the adult class, they were finishing up a roll. The TKD instructor, Gary, was doing the class, too. Drilling was next — armbar from mount again. Only worked with Theresa, so no chance to drill. Lot of guys in the class who don’t come to gi class, so it was their first time drilling it. Maybe it’s just me, but I don’t see what’s so hard about this, but they were having troubles, so we drilled, and drilled, and drilled. Overall, class went nearly a half hour later. Then one roll, with Theresa.
After class, I joined Tim, Scott, and Blue Belt Buddy on the mat. Scott and Buddy had just rolled together and were sweating and gasping and talking over parts of the roll. Tim looked across at me — hadn’t even broken a sweat — and asked me if I’d rolled at all, because I didn’t look as if I had. So we had a little talk about how much rolling I’m getting in each week (not much recently) and why (I roll with Theresa when no one else will. I understand why they don’t want to — while she’s good, she’s also tiny compared to everyone else, so rolling with her is almost like sitting out a round, and they don’t want to do that. And if you’re going easy on her, as you should, she can catch lots of things because, again, she’s pretty good; and not everyone understands that letting her finish something doesn’t mean you’re doing badly.). He said he hadn’t noticed that I was rolling with her so much, and he told me to be more selfish sometimes, leave her and go call someone out to roll with and let him deal with taking care of her.
I didn’t say anything about drilling yet, though. (I can’t drill on her most of the time because I can’t put weight on her, and I don’t want to practice keeping my weight off during the technique. Also, I feel as if everything I do on her is muscling because she’s so small. So, I usually sketch through the motions with her and then let her drill the rest of the time.) I need to start grabbing someone before or after class to drill, and I really need to drill everything a whole lot because I haven’t gotten to do it much for months now. I’ll see if I can improve it myself first; if not, I may have to bring it up and see if he can help me figure out a way to handle it.
By the way, Joe Rogan just called that a “no leg triangle.” Riiiight…