SK is working late tonight and will not be in class, which will stick me with leading the forms. Nemesis and I are actually the same rank at the moment, and he has seniority… but you just know that if I’m cheeky enough to say, "Nemesis ranks me; he ought to do it," Then I’ll find myself doing it this week *and* next week. CN is just sadistic in that way. He makes me do it just because he knows it freaks me out.
Morning BJJ class… a little takedown back-and-forth, then a marathon of guard-pass/defend-guard relays with little if any break in between bouts.
You’d think that after six months of this, my endurance/cardio would be building up and I wouldn’t get so wiped out so fast. I’m frustrated at how quickly I continue to become fatigued.
I did keep in mind what Kaungren said about "it isn’t about forcing techniques through resistance"- so every time I tried something and it was foiled, I tried to immediately flow to something else. I really think this is going to be a major key for me, once I can keep enough focus to maintain that flow as well as have enough variety in my toolbox to have smething different to switch to.
I continue to enjoy Tuesday morning class. Small and colorful. Today: three white belts, three purples, and a blue. It’s so cool to get to roll with those higher belts, and most of the ones who have been coming to this class are people who are nice about helping me. I wish I could make this class every week instead of every other week.
Kung fu evening class. There were only three students there tonight, besides CN and DD, so we got more individual attention and feedback- that was cool.
One of the things we used to do, which we have gotten lazy about, was to do forms facing different directions- so that we don’t get too reliant on the visual cues in the classrooms. I had asked last week if we could start doing that again, and CN said sure.
DD asked CN to lead the forms tonight. I breathed a sigh of relief that I was off the hook. I said, "Can we face another direction?" CN: "Sure. Everybody face the windows." We did, and by virtue of where I happened to be standing, I was now in the front. I looked at CN, who was now standing in the back row, and said (pointing) "But now *YOU* have to come up *HERE*." CN: "Nope, I don’t. Everybody follow Kitsune." (See? See how he is??!? )
Various armlocks were on the menu today. I am weak with joint locks. A desire to improve my poor joint lock skills is one of the main reasons I started BJJ.
I like things very simple… a Tiger straight punch is simple. Joint locks involve waaaaaaaay too many little nuances, which seem to all have to come together perfectly and flawlessly in order to work. There are too many pieces to think about to accomplish it AT ALL, much less accomplish it fast and smooth and effectively, and with resistance! With a Tiger straight punch- whatever and whomever you punch, any target from any direction, it will work. It works reliably. It works the same way every time. Joint locks are different with each and every different person you try them on. I just find it all completely intimidating. I hope I get better at this with more training and practice.
I asked CN if he had cleared Hurricane Hands with DD. He said, "After the seminar." Razzafrackin….. okay, the seminar is on Nov 7, so I can start Hurricane Hands on Tuesday the 10th. I wanted to start THIS THURSDAY! But I guess I can live two more weeks.