Tonight was an informal class, as one of the local universities is finishing up exams this week and the other is about to start. So the college student population in our classes is fluctuating and starting to dwindle. But the class also saw me getting to roll twice with Tim, which is always a good learning experience as he shuts down holes that I can usually at least find (and occasionally even exploit) even on purple belts. But with Tim, there is nospace. Which was amusing, as I’d go for the little space that’s usually there and would instead meet a solid mass of body and I’d be a bit confused because that’s always been there before. Where did it go…?

Also rolled and then drilled with the guy they call Monster. We rolled first and then ended up as the only two without partners for drilling, so we just shrugged and started to work, and he said, “It’s totally cool. We’re practically the same size.” Lol. He = me x2. (Seriously. We checked.) Although I couldn’t get off the bottom in the roll, I could be little and squirmy and annoying, especially because he was trying hard not to just squish me, but that left me large areas in which to wiggle. I finally pointed that out to him and said it was okay to close down all that space, which he did quite well actually. (Note to self: no good deed goes unpunished, eh?)

Tim and Andrew were also doing a some one-on-one Q&A in class, and I finally heard articulated some of the concepts that I feel I’ve been close to figuring out recently, especially regarding maintaining side control. Nice to know I was on the right path. Even nicer to get a little jump ahead. ๐Ÿ˜‰

My body hurt last week with residuals from the tournament, and finally settled down toward the end there. Now this week it’s hurting from getting back to training. Doh.


Today’s temperature was around 86 degrees and humid. It was overcast, so it looked like it might be cool. I took a walk at lunch but had to turn around because it was just miserable out there. After lunch, though, for some reason the heat came on in our office! It’s usually freezing in there — I have been known to wear a sweater during the summer (or even put a sweater on over another sweater in the winter) — but suddenly I started getting warm and feeling as if I was out in that stuff again. Ugh. Thankfully the HVAC company has an office actually in our building, so they were able to fix the problem quickly.

I feel like a jalopy crawling down the road, black smoke streaming from the hood, sputtering coming from the engine, random parts falling off, a bumper hanging halfway off and dragging. My knee was uncooperative with everything tonight, my neck is stiff, there’s a knot just under one shoulder blade — and then during Open Mat, I twisted the knee again and then later somehow strained the hip on that same side so badly that I can hardly bend it now. Also, sometime tonight I got a giant bruise on the top of one foot.

Also, why is it that when people say, “Let’s go light,” what they really mean is, “You go light, and I’ll go hard”?

BJJ Fundamentals

Warmup. Knee did not like. Then drilled side control escape back to guard for the rest of class.


Rolling to warmup. I drew Giant White Belt then Steve, and then was the odd one out.

Drilling was an Ezekiel from top half guard. Drilled for the rest of class.

Open Mat

Tim called out that we all needed at least 3 five-minute rounds before we could leave. Buddy first and we both played around. Then Guillaume, and it was here that I injured my knee while trying some spinning rolly twisty thing to take his back while he was rolling and spinning away. Then I tried to finish the round with one leg, and that’s still no fun. I sucked it up for one more round, though, and somewhere in there strained the same-side hip (hip flexor, maybe?) something terrible. No idea how. Too bad no one makes full-body ice packs yet…

You put your left hook in, you take your left hook out…

Oh, Friday, I wasn’t sure you were coming this week!

Straight in to rolling to warm up tonight. Remembered my mouthpiece, yay.

In one roll I got stuck with a brand-new guy. Was not happy about that; I would much prefer to have known training partners right now. At least most of them have enough control that they won’t hurt me; the ones that don’t, at least I know what they do have. My normal spiel to folks is, “Yes, I have an injury, but I’ve been training long enough that I know how to protect it and will tap or stop us if I need to. You just roll.” And we go from there and I hope that they can forget about the injury and just roll, and I’ll do my limited thing and sometimes stop the roll if the knee gets stuck at a bad angle and will let them have the pass or sweep or whatever they’d wanted, minus the knee being stuck. But this kid got a longer introduction to my knee and a warning. I do not want to mess around with idiots where this knee is concerned. He promised me that he was new, so I had nothing to worry about. *snort* He did at least limit himself to the one or two techniques he’s been taught in class, so that was actually good, though my knee was still getting plenty of abuse as he tried to muscle everything and dig his elbows in to everything.

Drilling was side control to armbar. Drilled with Janet, then a couple more rolls to finish up. All rolls tonight were me starting to do it the “wrong” way and having to stop myself and try again. That left foot it all eager to be hooking again, but I can’t let it. So it was a lot of starting, stopping, retrying, stalling when I couldn’t figure out how to move the right way.

Wowza, from zero to four days training in one week! That is plenty for now, I think, so I’m going to take tomorrow morning off. Probably just going to sleep! ๐Ÿ˜ฎ My body still doesn’t seem to know what has happened to it. ๐Ÿ˜‰



So on Wednesday night, being the genius that I am, I decided to do some extra wrist movements after my workout. Instead of helping my wrist, I ended up making something twang hard. So I’ve actually had it in a (not very supportive, but at least it helps me remember) brace for the past 2 days.

Then Thursday, the weather was so nice but it’s supposed to rain allllll weekend, and I had a couple buckets of daylilies to transplant (and some snapdragons that I’d picked up when I got soil for the daylilies), so I went home after work and did that instead of going to class. Worked for 2 hours, until it got too dark, though still had some flowers left.

So no verdict on Thursday class yet.


Fundamentals, nogi

Short warmup, then drilling. Side control escape. Drilled with Ethan and Cesar.

Open Mat

I’d meant to leave because I had the rest of the snapdragons to plant, and there wouldn’t be a chance the rest of the weekend with the rain. But my leaving would have left an odd man, so I stayed. (Yeah, I’m a sucker.)

Rolls with Guillaume, Nolan (who used to train with us, gee, 2 years ago? I recognized him, but couldn’t remember his name. He remembered mine. [Rats.]), and then one of the ones I just play guard against to stay safe. He was being slightly less spazzy than normal, so I considered opening up a little more, but as soon as I did I caught an elbow diving through straight to the face, so just went back to guard retention.

Got home and finished up the snapdragons. I have fleurs!

Most of the beds around the front of my yard are just the rocks. (The ones in the back are mulched.) There are a few existing plants up front, but not many. I eventually want to replace the rocks with mulch and have lots of flowers. I like flowers.

Next week

There’s good news and there’s bad news. The bad news is that I have to go back up to Fairfax for work; meeting on Tuesday. The good news is that I’ve already talked to Maggie, and I’m going to train with her at Fairfax Jiu Jitsu on Monday night.

Frosty wonderland

Everything was covered in a thick layer of frost this morning. All the grass was covered with white, and all the tree branches were outlined in sparkles. Ooo, pretty!

Not awake. Me, Aubrey, and Andrew this morning. Jogging type stuff. Cold mats. Then round robin to warm up, twice through. Drilled basic thread-the-needle side control escape. Then 2-min rounds of specific sparring from side control, top controlling and bottom trying to escape. Then one more set of round-robin sparring, plus one more round for me and Aubrey.

I’m leaving here shortly to head to Fairfax, near DC, for a business trip. Definitely gone today and tomorrow, possibly until Wednesday. Joy. Meh. Interestingly, Andrew is also heading up that way for a business trip (and with one of the same government agencies, too), though he will be much further in (and will probably get to train at 50/50 with Ryan Hall, as he usually does). I’m still undecided about trying to train while I’m there, though; I’m not familiar with the area and not comfortable driving around up there. But if I end up going up there often enough, I’ll make sure I get comfortable enough ๐Ÿ˜‰