Saturday, August 29, 2009

I changed the name of this blog.

I renamed it to reflect the most blogged about subject… Jiu-jitsu.

And on that note…

Jiu-Jitsu this morning was awesome!

Mario had us work on body hardening. If you are unfamiliar with the term, it’s pretty much someone else banging on your bones with their bones. After a while of doing that your bones will build up calcium deposits…. And over time it will hurt less when those things happen to us while fighting. So, for about 45 minutes I had to bang shins, for arms, thighs and get punched in the stomach over and over. It wasn’t so bad… but I was with a new kid who felt he had something to prove, and was hitting me far harder then what was necessary.

After the body hardening, we worked on how to fall down. How to fall forward, how to fall backward, how to fall to the left, and then to the right. Lots and lots of falling. I don’t like falling. lol After that, we did some throws. I was good at that. =) Finally, something that didn’t take me 10 years to pick up. I won’t mention the person I was throwing is 5 inches shorter and almost 20 pounds lighter than me, but whatever I was good at it. lol We worked on taking someone back, and rear naked chokes… which I am getting better at as well, but I need to get tighter. The first time someone did that to me, the room starting to get dark before I could get my arm up to tap… I would LOVE to be that good at it…

Then we grappled, and for once I felt like I did well. The first person I grappled today said “Wow, you’re really good at moving.” Which made me feel really good… I made someone say Wow.. and not wow, that was terrible. lol

I was really excited after today’s class. Tuesday I got really frustrated for the first time with Jiu-jitsu, and the class before that I hurt my elbow. So, I am happy. Today went really well, and I needed it to.

I am also getting REALLY pumped about the NAGA championship this November. I think if I keep with it, I will do well if they don’t combine the skill levels. I would be a novice, which is less than 6 months of training… and if there are not enough women, they combine the skill levels, and weight classes. I’m not as worried about the weight classes being combined because I am kind of a giant, but I don’t want to go up against someone with a lot more training then I’ve had. Though, my teacher Mario seems to think I’d do well. But he is my teacher; he is supposed to say that.


  1. Ow. I've done that in striking class before, but never even considered BJJ teachers would be sufficiently sadistic to add that in to their class. I guess I can see the point, but seems a little unnecessary if you aren't going to be hitting people or getting hit yourself. Has it helped since then?

  2. The elbow to the inner thigh has helped, I can stand it a lot longer when someone is trying to get out of my guard, but that's it. I do seem to bruise less since we have started the body hardening, but that could also be attributed to the fact that I have been trying really hard not to grapple like a spastic 12 year old. Less spastic = less bruises.

  3. If someone is digging their elbow into your inner thigh to open your guard, they're asking to be triangled.

    If you time it right, you can open your guard voluntarily, which should put them off-balance for a moment (as they're already driving their weight in the direction of one leg).

    Your legs and hips go up, clearing that arm, then lock on a triangle.