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This week in fundamentals, we reviewed head lock defense with punch defense into a kimura. It was when an attacker grabbed the victim in a head lock. The other arm of the attacker would throw punches while the victim was in a standing head lock. The first step was to connect hip to hip with a strong posture. The next move was to block the attackers fist strike arm. There was a few more steps. The key detail was to hold the kimura grip tight and step out with the inside leg to finish the move.

I went to sparring. Back to back week.  It went well except for one match that chewed up my body. Fyi, next month, I will be turning 47.  Sometimes I felt a lot younger than I was and this guy thought full speed was okay.  It felt good but risky.  He had 15 to 20 pounds over me and athletic.  He didn’t have an easy time tapping me out. I didn’t tap him out but was able to pin him. My mind went blank. I could get the pin but wasn’t able to work a choke or an arm bar.

Later on at home was when I saw the price, just before showering,  bruises, scratches, pulled muscle,  neck, and the nagging.  I heard a guy, 22, ” I will be back in the evening for the evening sparring class. ” He could do that because of his youth and fitness level. I spent the weekend taking it easy, trying to heal up.

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Should I go to throwing class which was right after advanced grappling?  The judo junkie, deep within, was calling.  The voice,  Do it! You know you want too!   I admitted it. I wanted too and I didn’t care about the consequences.  I hated that voice.  I lined up.  All five of us.

45 minutes later.  ” We’re running out of mat.  I thought to myself.  Sweat dripped off my forehead. We were by the front entrance corner.  I was hip to hip, side by side, and leaning forward with Ramon Sanchez, ex Cuban judo olympic team member of 1980s. We were even in height and weight.    I had a tight grip around his belt and waist. I tried a sit down foot sweep. He rotated his weight back on his heals. I looked foolish.  I went back to the hip grip.  I frantically tried to think of the throw’s Jimmy had taught. Jimmy was the previous throwing instructor.  I came up with nothing.  I sensed something bad was coming.   Pow!  I was sailing through the air.  I hit the mat.  Ippon.   He threw me for an Ippon ????? An Ippon was a throw where the opponent was completely in the air, no body part touching the floor. He landed right on top of me. I couldn’t remember ever being thrown like this.  I dreamed of being in the judo olympics as a kid.  Today, I had the closest simulation that I would ever get to Olympic judo. Finally, I could put that dream to rest.

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In the practice of Gracie Jiu Jitsu, there is always something to work upon. Always!  Since I joined, I was able to learn the frame-work of the fundamentals of self-defense but I am lacking the complete details in the moves.   There are lots and lots of details.  As a blue belt, if I were to leave and not return to the study of Gracie Jiu Jitsu, I do have the basic self-defense lessons in my subconscious mind.  Even though I am a blue belt, I don’t feel that I have mastered the lessons. So, at least until October, I am focused on fundamentals of self-defense, no sparring nor randori; well, maybe a little randori, a.k.a., throwing class sparring.

The hardest part in my Gracie Jiu Jitsu study is showing up.  I still have a lot of social anxiety; however, I have made some friends which has steadied  my nerves a bit.  I am trying to talk more. Open up.  Since I joined, I have worked out with a lot different people.  As a general rule, in any conflict, I want to have a relaxed mind and body.  I am the first to admit that to have a relaxed mind and body in a conflict is not an easy task. One of the reasons I study Jiu Jitsu is to help me control my emotions.

Before I started studying Gracie Jiu Jitsu, I did intense spinning classes, but when the expert teachers resigned, the gym hired instructors of not the same level.   I didn’t want to do spinning anymore.  A few weeks ago, I noticed there was a bike rack at the dojo. I was able to get my bike working after not riding my bike for a year and a half.  The Floridian humidity and Atlantic Ocean salty air did its damage on my bike.  So, riding my rusted out bike to class has satisfied my desire for spinning classes. I’m getting exercise and saving gas money.

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