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 would you like to learn? What are you doing about it?
I’ve always been interested in learning random things but I don’t want to go back to school right now. I would rather teach myself. Physically, I’m committed to learning as much Jiu Jitsu as I can as long as my body will allow me to. But I’m also spending time teaching myself to draw pen and ink works called Zen Doodles. These are line drawings that use patterns and textures to fill in areas of the drawing. I’m also working on teaching myself Spanish, using online resources. Both can be done piecemeal in a few minutes every day. It’s fun and I feel challenged.
Let me know in the comments what you want to learn and how you’re going about 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.