Last night was the first time that I have trained at Yamasaki for a long… LONG time (since March of 2011); and boy did it
hurt feel so good!
It was really great to see some of the old faces smile when they saw me and extend a “Welcome back” or “Good to see you again” nod or gesture or quick chat while warming up. It felt great to be missed and welcomed, as if it had only been a week.
Warm ups were… well… warm ups as usual. There were some things that I couldn’t quite do yet, er well, I could do but I really shouldn’t if I want to keep coming back, or walking, or sitting. So I just stood on the side and did some jumping jacks or push ups while others did some “carrying a partner” stuff.
Fernando Yamasaki was really looking out for me last night and I really appreciated that. He really knows that I am stubborn, and that it’s hard for me not to push my limits and risk injury. After working on some spider guard pass drilling, Fernando set me up to work with a Blue Belt to defend side control while the rest of the students rolled live. Since it’s been a while… and I am quite a bit rusty, I got choked and arm-barred a few times more than I would have liked. Fernando is a genius though; He knows that I have a wrestling background and don’t feel very comfortable there in side control. He said to me “Let’s take advantage of your injury and work on defending side control on your back only! No bridging or crazy stuff… I don’t want you to get injured again.” Well, I rolled into a few arm-bar attempts, some successful - others not so much, and also successfully executed a sweep while mounted but not without a bit of pain.
If I am going to continue this, which I AM, I NEED to remember one of the first things I learned from Jiu Jitsu over a year ago… SLOW DOWN! You can still be in beast mode…. slowly. :-)
In any case, It’s great to be back on the mat, more than I can express with text. I look forward to continue writing as long as you keep reading… or not.
Thanks for reading. I hope to see you for my next post.
As always, comments and support are welcome!