But I may have been dubbed “fancy pants” in jiu jitsu. For extremely obvious reasons. I’ll try to post photos later. My husband recently became a product tester for Nike and as a result we get monthly passes to the employee store where everything is half off. They have some fucking amazing shorts and tights right now and I find myself unable to resist. We went yesterday (side note: Scottie Pippen was there - my husband is a huge Bulls fan and grew up in Chicago in the 90s during their peak with MJ and Pippen) and I added to my collection of “fancy pants.” I love their training pants (haven’t tried the running one because I feel like I’d rip the knees out, plus they usually have zippers and seams I don’t necessarily want) because they don’t slip AT ALL. My main requirement for training clothes is that I don’t notice them at all for any reason - I don’t have to pull them up or adjust them or worry about mooning the whole class fighting out of a position. And then, to add to great performance, they look incredible. I swear I have a more defined no-gi style then I have a daily “real life” style. If Nike made gis I would probably buy them. I’d love to see them make pants actually for grappling, with a slightly reinforced knee/a fabric that could take some friction in that area. Perhaps given their sponsorship in a number of UFC fighter that could one day happen.
The Sooner The Better
My three year old nephew, above, used to cry when I would play with him. well the game would be takedowns. Hahaha Evil auntie.
Now though, he doesn’t cry anymore. He fights back. He grabs my shoulders and rams into me. Then he shouts: “TAKEDOWN! TWO POINTS!” Proud auntie.
Now the game has evolved. He now has a full mount and he understands it when I say closed guard. He keeps score and then when he wins, I raise his hand up and he gets so excited. Future world champ.
Passing the guard will be the next part of the game. Excited auntie.
Maybe I can teach my nephew, too…is three months too soon??
It’s not that I need to figure out how to open closed guard and pass effectively in order to have more interesting rolls, instead I need to learn to love the riddle of passing guard. I think it can be the hardest part and therefore the most frustrating, but possibly it could be the most interesting part as well. Hope I can see it this way the next time I’m locked in a tight closed guard making very little progress…😊
Feeling immaturely and unnecessarily dejected. I’ve been living in grocery store retail hell for the last few days, and getting very little sleep. Took a nap before jiu jitsu and got summarily beat by almost everyone. Stand-up felt jerky and unnatural. Because I love my teammates, and am mindful to the nature of practicing (i.e: no “winning” or “losing”), I was very forgiving of myself and congratulatory to my teammates during sparring.
However, on the cold, dark bike ride home, with tired legs and fatigued mind, I literally wanted to push over each biker that passed me. I tried to win at commuting and I failed! And to think, I once believed that I was not competitive…