Tuesday, December 6, 2011

The best part of sitting out...

I have found a way to go to class while injured and not grapple.

Go to class in jeans.  Leave my gi at home.

This way, I still get to at least see the technique without running into that part of my brain that says... "You can just drill."  Because when I listen to that part of my brain, I end up grappling... and we all know what happened the last time I was just going to drill.

I've gotten to take advantage of the one perk of being sidelined.  

I get to sit on the wall and watch all of my favorite grapplers, grapple... and of course by watch, I mean stare at intently for several minutes... like a creep. 

We have also had a horde of interesting new people come in.

I always love to watch new people on their first night, so when the new people coming in are bull riders, or a break dancers it can be even more entertaining.

I think one of my favorite quotes someone has said to me about another grappler was a guy named Paddi.  Yes, a guy named Paddi.. with an i.  He'd just grappled the aforementioned bull rider.. and, I do mean this in the literal sense.  He is a man that rides bulls for a living in a rodeo show.  I live in Polk county.  It's not that weird here.

"When he grabs a hold of you, he isn't kidding."

It is also interesting when like last night, the newbie is a grown man the size of Texas with close to no body fat.

I was, for the first time ever, glad I did not have to grapple the new men who come in the door.  The guy was a dinosaur, and I was pretty sure he could have just held me down with one hand, and I'd have been rendered useless for the duration of the grapple.

I did however, very much enjoy watching some of the guys grapple him.  Generally, I am the smaller weaker person of a grapple, (unless it is another woman, as I am kind of giant for a chick.) so I get a lot out of watching our normally bigger guys be the smaller one.  I like watching how they handle the size/strength differential... because no matter how good you are, when you are grappling Texas... size does matter.

And of course I've been able to watch lot of the people I normally creep when I sit out.

Doug for example is a really awesome grappler who I consider to be a male version of me, at least in the body type department.  He is really tall and lean.  Or, "lengthy" as I have been called.

I wasn't kidding when I said he was tall.

I like to watch how he uses his wasp legs powers for good.  Doug also happens to be able to make you cry like the little girl I am when he turtles.  Sometimes, I forget that when he turtles I am about to lose.  Hard.  I enjoy watching other people forget that very same thing.  lol

One more week of my creeper status and I am going to attempt to drill.

And not surprisingly taking time off is helping a lot.  It is still a little painful to sit on my foot in my base, but I can at least do it now, where as before it was too painful to even try.   Progress!


  1. Super true, when my BF tore his MCL he had to sit out for a while and he was doing the creepy stares trying to see how everyone was rolling.

    PS Out of topic but I can't get over how much Caio Terra looks like Elijah Wood. Initially I thought it was Caio Terra at first lol.

  2. Hello, I have been following your posts a very long time from Georgette's page and am into bjj myself. I have a blog entitled the Happy Grappler at http://happygrappler.blogspot.com I would be honored if you would check it out and if you like it, point others my way. Thank you!

  3. There is a fatal flaw in your strategy young grasshopper. The dreaded LOANER GI! It smells, it hasn't been washed in years, small animals have made their homes in the sleeves and yet somehow, someway you convince yourself that it really isnt that dirty and you could wear it "just to drill".

  4. LOVE the humor! I was out for 11 months with Lyme disease and it sucked. So humor was my coping mechanism.
    Ya made me laugh

  5. @SL - He kind of does!! .... and watching is better than nothing!

    @TheHappyGrappler - I'll go check it out! =) Thanks for stopping by mine!

    @BJJ Judo - hahaha! I think I am safe there. Dirty gis make me sad on the inside. I don't think I could put one on. lol

    @Chris - Thanks!! It is always nice to hear I make someone, other than myself laugh. =) 11 months is a long time to be off the mat!