My office is 2.5 miles from the academy. Usually that takes me about 10 minutes, with traffic, and most of that concentrated in the research park where I work. Tonight, I left work at 5:10pm, as usual. I got to the academy at 5:40pm. There was an accident on one of the main roads — the one that I don’t take — and all traffic was diverted on to another main road… the one that I do take.

I was only a few minutes late. Most everyone else got stuck in traffic for over an hour because they were coming in on the diverted traffic, and that narrowed to 1 lane for a good portion. (And Andrew said the way he’d been coming, there had been another wreck, which he thought he’d avoid by going on the first main road, only to find — as soon as he was committed and stuck — that it was not moving, either.) So everyone who was trying to be on time for the Fundamentals class ended up making it just a little late for the regular class.

The VT students are back in town; classes started today. Radford will start next week. So the roads will be packed for a while until everyone gets what they need from the stores and gets settled in and remembers how to drive around here (slow, not Yankee crazy).

Fundamentals Class, BJJ

When I got there, only Tim, Chase, and Mark were there, the three of them having come from the opposite side of town and not the direction of the traffic. I told Tim about the traffic, though Mark already had an idea since he’s a cop and it had come over his scanner before he walked in.

The three of them were doing round-robin, 2-minute rounds, so I joined in. Got rounds with Mark, Tim, and Chase, and then again with Mark and Tim.

There was the end of class, but no one else was there yet, so we sat around and talked for a few minutes, and then got in one more round as a few guys started showing up. A whole lotta guys showed up eventually; just most of them were trapped in the traffic.


Some jogging and such since most of the guys weren’t warmed up. Then pushups, triangles, triangle + guard pass, backwards roll/pullthrough thingy, then that + guard pass. Then partnered up to work standing in guard. Worked with Bobby.

Then a guard pass-type drill. Went for timed reps, constantly switching sides. Worked with Bobby again. Then Tim had us switch partners and do it again, though for a shorter time. Worked with Rob.

Rolling. With Rob, Bobby, and Ray. Then another set of the previous drill, 10x/side, with Ray.

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