Well after almost 3 years with 18 months off from injury, I finally earned my blue belt. Woo Hoo! I actually missed the Belt Promotion Day because of another obligation so got it the Monday afterwards. I teared up a little having the Professor tie it on. We don’t have to endure a gauntlet of any kind so it was all good. DH watched and recorded most of it.
Now I can go to the advanced class and learn all kinds of new stuff, including leg attacks, which make me the most nervous of all. I don’t really feel extra pressure yet from the possibility of being owned by white belts. With very little ego left, I figure that will happen anyway so no worries. I’m just ready to settle into goal-less training and continue with what has become a steady part of my life – noon class and now advanced class.
After almost a month away, due to severe and unrelenting vertigo for awhile, followed by vacation, I’m excited to be back to training! Woo Hoo! I went to class Monday and Tuesday and will go Thursday and Friday with a firm commitment to keep prevailing. I’m rusty and slow, but I’m there and I’ll get back in shape soon. The vertigo isn’t completely gone but I’m convinced I can work with it, around it, or through it.
What lesson have you learned the hard way, either on or off the mat?
Apparently I’m a slow learner in many areas. Before I started jiu jitsu I injured my shoulder (partially torn rotator cuff) and my hamstring (pulled doing sprints). Both times I went back to my workouts too soon and set myself back. Now I know to let myself heal completely before resuming my normal activities. I still don’t like waiting but I will if necessary.
What can you do today on the mat that you were not capable of a year ago? What about in the rest of your life?
My answer: A year ago today I was honestly not even thinking about returning to Jiu Jitsu yet. I was doing kickboxing at the academy but training jiu jitsu hadn’t entered my mind beyond the general feeling that I missed it. So I can honestly say that anything I can do on the mat today is more than I could do a year ago.
What comes to mind when you look back a year? Let me know in the comments.
If someone new to the art asked, what advice do you have about Brazilian Jiu Jitsu?
My answer: I would suggest they try a class and see for themselves what it’s all about. There is so much to Jiu Jitsu that I would have a hard time narrowing down the most important points. Nothing is better than first hand experience.
If you have advice to offer a newbie or even someone unfamiliar with Jiu Jitsu, what would you say? Let me know in the comments.
What are your thoughts on BJJ tournaments? Do you compete? Why or why not?
My Answer: I totally respect anyone who steps up to compete at any level. I don’t plan on competing because I’m too concerned about injury. I watch the younger people at our gym go to tournaments and come home with bruised ribs, torn ACLs, and busted shoulders. It takes me too long just to recover from training to even think about competing.
I also know that if I were to enter a tournament, I would probably have to roll with a girl half my age and that’s already tough enough during our after-class Randori.
What are your thoughts on jiu jitsu competitions in general or on your competing personally? Let me know in the comments!
I’ve been busy since Belt Promotion Day working on photo edits of my teammates, who received their new belts. Now I’ve finally uploaded them to my portfolio. Check out my project page to see all the new images. I’ve attached a couple of them here to whet your appetite. I love doing this for my teammates and they seem to enjoy the pictures too. Peter received his Purple Belt and Ali received her Blue Belt.