Wow, I went way too long without a post! Now that I’m back to health (excluding my outdoor allergies…ugh…) I can continue to write on here without being completely drained. This week, I took it a bit easy and only did Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, instead of doing Muay Thai and BJJ on Mondays and Wednesdays. Two classes would drain me. Next week is a whole different story!
Monday’s class… I don’t remember much except for the Scissor Sweep, since it was my first time going back to working out since the bachelorette party and being sick; however I do remember Tuesday’s and yesterday’s classes. Both were insightful but difficult. My instructor branched out a bit from BJJ by having a No-Gi self defense class on Tuesday, and then Judo on yesterday. It was very helpful!
About the scissor sweep: I did pretty well with it, and thankfully I wasn’t too shy or scared to try it 😀 My instructor says it’s a very useful move and great to learn as a beginner, and I can see why. The motion of the legs acting like actual scissors is pretty neat. I’m glad that I’m crawling out of my shell a bit each class so I can learn better and be more confident. The scissor sweep definitely gave me a tiny bit of a confidence boost. As for rolling… I 100% got triangle choked D: but I thanked my partner for a good rolling session because I learned from it. It wasn’t even embarrassing at all- I’m a beginner… either nothing is embarrassing or everything is haha!
The scissor sweep is a great beginner sweep, and it’s kind of fun to do! Win-win situation!
On Tuesday, we learned some good techniques for self defense, with a good foundation from BJJ (minus the gi). Instead of learning eye rakes and groin shots, which are apparently popular self defense “moves”, we learned how to get out of chokes. For instance, if I am standing and someone grabs my throat with both hands, we learned to grab the wrists, push and step back at the same time. It seriously worked every single time because it has nothing to do with strength. We also learned how to get out of the same choke against the wall… which was more difficult (not surprising).
This cracks me up! It’s true and useful. Gotta love her facial expressions!
Then we learned how to get out of that same choke, but if I’m on my back and someone is on top, choking me. My instructor calls that the Lifetime Movie Choke and I seriously could not stop giggling haha! That was really fun (and simple) for me to do! Just a hip bump, bicep grab, and a flip… and tada! I’m out of the choke. Now I just have to learn how to get a triangle efficiently, just to put a cherry on the sundae. The self defense class was a lot of fun, but very useful to know.
…and then there was Judo. I give all the credit in the word to Judo practitioners. It wasn’t the most difficult thing I’ve had to do, but being light on my feet and using as little energy as possible was nearly impossible for me! I was yanking and pulling my Judo partner with strength and force, instead of using his force and momentum. I was so tired after two minutes of simply playing “get your opponent to step out of the blue mat and onto the black” because I was using all of my energy. Thankfully, I was at least about to learn how to use his momentum to do a very low foot sweep thing that I cannot remember the name of. Judo is a lot of fun… but it made me appreciate BJJ even more. We also rolled during class and I think I’m ever so slightly improving. Apparently I love the Kimura, so I’ll have to change things up. I’m slowly getting out of that phase where I forget everything we learned and kind of trying to go with the flow.
I can’t wait to see my gi, if I haven’t said that already lol!
My final “update” for this post is about my gi! It shipped and I’ll have it tonight! I wonder if it will fit. It’s a blue Gameness gi (I don’t remember the specifics), and I feel like it’s Christmas in June for me. My very own gi!
Speaking of gis, what kind of gi do you have, and how many? Which one fits you the best? Any recommendations for another gi?