…was hopping last night. Six kids, though most came in late (but seeing that none of them can drive, I figure I can’t blame them). Just when I finally get something working, they seem to figure out a way to unravel it. Warmup didn’t go so well; two of the kids were extra slow, two were extra fast, and the other two were middling. No amount of anything would get them moving together.

Drilling — at least the review — went well. I’m having them work a sequence right now, so that they can get extra reps as the elements are combined. Since half the class had missed the review last week, we ended up doing the same thing: upa to guard pass. Between them all, they did remember all the steps, so that’s good; progress.

Set them to do it 5x each, and that’s where things fell apart again, as one pair finished quickly, another was having troubles but trying, and the other was loud and not trying. (Pairs behavior did not correlate to earlier warmup finishers.) Finally got through by splitting the loud pair up with the pair that had finished.

Then specific sparring from under mount. Things were going mostly well until one kid bopped another in the nose and hit a gusher. *le sigh* The other boy was alright, just bleeding everywhere. Thankfully that was the end, so I sent them off the mat and cleaned up the mess.

(Also found out that those two boys are brothers. I’d have never guessed it, as they don’t seem much alike at all. But that explains a lot. I’d thought they were only friends, so I’d let them pair up, but now, knowing that they’re brothers, will most likely split them up more frequently. Brothers, I have found, do not tend to make good drilling partners for each other.)

Women’s Class: Martha had told me earlier this week that she wouldn’t be here tonight as she had to work. That’s also why she hadn’t been in the last few weeks. No one else came, either, so I headed home and glued myself to my new Kindle.

(I got a Kindle. It’s lurvely. I’ve already put over 150 free books on it, and I’m reading like a fiend. I had hesitated over getting one before mostly because of the price, but with the sheer number of free books that I want to read and will read, I feel like it’s already worth it. In addition to all the books that are off copyright [pre-1923] and that are offered from other authors [novellas and short stories, mostly], Amazon also has a “Special Offers” section in which recent books will sometimes be offered as free Kindle editions. Also, Project Gutenberg and other collections of free books online have Kindle-compatible versions, and you can load and read PDFs. Also, despite all the books I’ve piled on it, I’ve only used 2GB of the available 32. *snort* There are plenty more books, too; I just finally had to stop myself or I’d never actually get started reading!)

Getting through

Kids’ Class

Three showed up, and all were able to focus, mostly. (Haven’t had that in a while.) Warmup, then reviewed upa and had them each do it 5 times. With only having class once a week, they really aren’t retaining a lot — or, at least, they aren’t showing that they are. Then reviewed basic guard break & pass, which they remembered somewhat. Had them drill that a few times, and then had them put the two together (with a slideover to mount so their partner could do it next; they seemed to think that was cool). But then that was the end of class; drilling took extra time because they had to rotate through with each other.

Women’s Class: No one showed up.

May the Fourth be with you

There’s a cat for that:
Funny Pictures - Star Wars Cats

Kids’ Class

Four kids, three who are newer. One announced to me that he had had cake today, with icing and sprinkles and everything. Oh dear… At least I had anticipated them coming in insane, so there was more to the warmup (not that it did much to dent their energy).

Drilling was upa. Telling them “5 more times each” seemed to work to get them drilling more, though then they complained that it took too long (and then were perplexed when I pointed out why that was).

Ended with some ball work, which, with the hyperactivity, went better than expected. There were fewer attempts to fall off as creatively as possible and more at trying to stay on.

Women’s Class – no one came, so I went home and finished up The Virgin Homeowner in anticipation of the home inspection, which is this afternoon. The book both reassured me that this whole house thing isn’t quite as complicated as it seems and scared the wits out of me with all the things that can go horribly wrong.

Little tornadoes

Geez, weather’s being all crazy this month. No tornadoes came through here last night, though the storm did wake me up several times.

Kids’ Class

Five kids, and all of them wired up and raring to go. There wasn’t enough running and warming up to get it all out, either, even though we did extra. Tried teaching the pendulum sweep, but since four of the five were newer, I think it came out as a bit too complicated for them. (Or they were still just so hyper.) Finally had them do a few positional rounds, from guard. In the third round, one kid in each pair got hurt and started crying at the same moment. *le sigh*

Women’s Class: Martha had a test and so couldn’t stay.

The Giggle Button

Still no word on the house offer.

Kids’ Class

Five tonight, including 2 brand new and 2 nearly new. The two new boys were giving me a healthy dose of skepticism at first, but then when we got to the technique, one of them said, “Wait, is this like the UFC?” I said yes, but without the punching, and then they were excited and paid attention.

Technique was basic guard break and pass. I used Zack, who’s been coming almost from the beginning, as my demonstration partner, but when I put my hand on his solar plexus, he started giggling. And giggling. And could not stop giggling. Then all the other kids wanted to know if pressing on their solar plexus would make them giggle uncontrollably, too, and were rather disappointed to find that it was only uncomfortable.

Had to make some changes toward the end, on account of so many new/newer kids. Worked out, though — we did ball sprawls instead, and the two new boys said, “Oh! I know this! It’s like in the UFC when the one guy does this” — demonstration of wrestling shot — “and the other guy does that!”

Women’s Class

New woman tonight! Her name is Echo (seriously, how cool is that? [though she probably gets a lot of jokes on account of it]). She does the kickboxing and Krav Maga classes and has wanted to try BJJ, but she usually leads a women’s Bible study on Wednesday nights. However, that was cancelled tonight, so she came in to try the class. She won’t be able to come on Wednesdays until the semester is over, but she may come on Saturdays and bring her roommate, who does the other classes with her. (Roommate has a class on Wednesday nights, so she can’t come, either.)

Martha was there, too. Started with the warmup and then the same guard break and pass as the kids did. I like that the women can drill longer than the kids. At the end, I had us do a few 1-min rounds of positional sparring from guard, first Martha with me because Echo wanted to see what this looked like (poor Martha — I provided commentary of what I was doing [though maybe that helped her some, too.], e.g., “See, she’s trying that guard break from earlier, so I need to strip her hands off me like so and then break her posture down like this.”). Then Martha and Echo, switching top and bottom.

Echo said she enjoyed it and is sorry that she can’t make it the rest of the semester on Wednesdays, but that she’ll try to come on Saturdays and bring her roommate. (She was also already planning to go back and practice on said roommate, lol!) Also, she mentioned that she and her roommate started taking the classes because they’re going to South America this summer and wanted to learn some self-defense, so I’ll keep that in mind when planning and teaching for the next few weeks.