Last week after MMA class, I woke up sick the next day. Vomiting, diarrhea, fever, the whole package. Missed the whole week of work. By Monday I was feeling much better, but was still pretty weak. Went to the Dr. to make sure I was clear and get a note for work. Took an extra couple days to rest, then tonight got back to training.
At the doctor, I weighed in at 312. This is 7 pounds down from a few weeks ago, so I was real excited about this. I’m down almost 40 lbs now from when I started this journey. Things are starting to fit me better, or are looking big and baggy on me. Some of my shorts are starting to look like pants on me.
So tonight class was good. I was nervous after being on the couch for almost a week, but it wasnt’ so bad. We did some warm ups, Good enough to break a good sweat. From there we did some bag work and then some ground sparring. Since I’m one of the lesser experienced, and an odd person out, I had to rotate through so only got one round in. We have several fighters with fights coming up in the next month, so I didn’t mind sitting out a few so they could get their rounds in. By that time, I was pretty spent anyway. I didn’t want to over do it my first day back.
This was my first actual “ground and pound” sparring session. I think I did ok. I started out on top, but the mat was so slippery, my guy slid right out from under me and took side control. He got careless with his arm, and I almost had him in a kimura, but he got out of it. We were kind of at a stalemate by the time the round was over, though he tried several combinations. As I learn to use my size to my advantage, I’ve learned a couple things about myself.
For one, my first few weeks when I had no clue what I was doing, Jason, one of our BJJ instructors taught me if I’m on the bottom and tired, or can’t get into a good position, he showed me how to curl up and just defend. This has come in very handy in the long run. Now that I’m better conditioned, due to the thickness of my arms and neck, I’m getting to be rather difficult to be arm barred or triangled…I sometimes end up in a choke, but even then I’m learning to keep my chin down. Now, granted not saying this is impossible, and against a blue belt or something I’m toast. But against guys with similar or slightly better skill levels than myself, I think this is a big step.
Tomorrow I’m just going to do no gi class, then will go back Monday night for a full week of training. So being sick sucked bad. But I went in tonight feeling well rested and with a fresh perspective. I came home tired, but not so tired I was useless. All good things.