So Jeff (Jiu Jitsu instructor extraordinaire) emailed me this morning and asked if I was up for an hour long workout this afternoon before some of his private lessons. I wrote back telling him that I was and that I would meet him at 2:30.
It’s really awesome getting one on one time because I get all the focus. I like learning and doing and getting that kick a$$ cardio workout. It helps the both of us because he gets a workout too. I especially appreciate the fact that he can see if I am progressing or not. Since he is the one I am sparring with, he gets the up close view. Sometimes I feel like I am climbing a mountain and that peak is right over the next hill. This stuff is starting to come together. I think I am actually getting better.
Some of the things I am focusing on is slowing down, not using as much strength and distributing my weight properly. All of these things are very “learned.” If you compare wrestling a friend in the front yard when you were a kid to practicing Brazilian Jiu Jitsu as an adult, I would say that they might look similar at first glance, but are quite different in practice. For one, Jiu Jitsu is a heck of a lot more fun. It isn’t pointless rolling around. There is strategy and the satisfaction of knowing that your opponent is attempting some of the same things you are. Of course, there is always that ultimate high of getting a submission. For some people, that’s the goal. For others, the goal is just to get the workout. For me, it’s both.
Anyway, we had a great session. We went over the “Clock Choke” and what to do when your opponent is in the “turtle” position. Basically, the turtle position is when he or she is curled up in the ground in a defensive posture. There are some things you can do to break them down and get some submissions. These are important things to learn because you find your opponent in the turtle position quite a bit. Here is a quick example video of the Clock Choke. There are some different variations of this choke, but this one is pretty general.
In about a month and a half, I will be at my six month mark. As I think I wrote earlier on, getting a Jiu Jitsu blue belt takes about a year. There is a curriculum that needs to be met to get the blue belt, so I think I am going to start writing about each item on the check list after I hit six months. I did this with my flight training and it helped. I think it will help here as well. If you aren’t into Jiu Jitsu and you find yourself just breezing through these types of posts, I apologize ahead of time.