Only made it to one class last week. My left knee was real stiff for a few days, and was late getting out of work one night, so that slowed me down. Next week or so there is mostly open mat, not much classes over the holidays, so my goal was to have 4 good workouts this week and head into the break.
Well, last night was having a good class. Didn’t start getting winded until over halfway through the class during takedown drills. My two partners were Jason, one of the Muay Thai instructors, and Dustin, a fighter who comes in there pretty regularly to train. I had some really good takedowns and reversals on both of them. Jason was harder, since he is like 6’4 and his legs go on forever.
In the last round of takedown drills through, Jason took me down, when I sprawled he stepped in and picked me up in the air and threw me to the mat. As I landed, my arm somehow got underneath me, and my ribcage landed right on the point of my elbow. Yes, it hurt like hell. Sharp pain shot all up my side and I suddenly couldn’t breath at all. Jason, the gym owner cam over and rolled me on my side and made sure I was ok. We thought at first I may have cracked or broken a rib. After a few minutes, I could breathe again and sat up. My right side was just hurting a lot. I was able to move my arms and everything, it just hurt a bit. So I figured they were just bruised.
I’ve been told it can take two or three weeks for them to heal, but I hope it doesn’t take that long. I seem to heal pretty quick, and this morning there wasn’t even any bruising. They are just sore and stiff as hell.
So with the update out of the way, I wanted to talk about some observations I’ve had here. I’ve been at this, going on 4 months now. First month or two was mostly Muay Thai and Jiu Jitsu. Last month or so has been mostly MMA with some jiu jitsu when I can get there. Since doing MMA, I’ve noticed how many people come and go. I can’t even count the number of new guys I’ve seen workout once, then never come back. Maybe they couldn’t afford it, maybe life got in the way, or maybe it was too much for them. Hard to say, it’s not for everyone.
I feel like each week I’m gaining more and more the respect of the other students and fighters in the class. At first, they were all nice, but I was just kinda there and they did their thing. In month or two I’ve been in the MMA class, I’ve been through some really rigorous classes and hung in there, I’ve been in some live sparring sessions where I got my ass kicked good and hard and stood in there, and now I got jacked up ribs. Apparently about every fighter has had broken, cracked or bruised ribs at some point.
I’ve also gotten acquainted on twitter with some guys like Chad “The Savage” George. He’s a former WEC fighter who starred in the documentary Occupation Fighter, now on Netflix. Also been talking to Matt Polly, the author of the book Tapped Out. He spent 2 years training with Renzo Gracie and Randy Coutre before having an amateur MMA fight. Matt has actually tweeted my blog to his followers a few times. Which I much appreciate.
Now I’m not trying to name drop at all here, I’m not about that. Just saying, a few months into this new lifestyle and its starting to become surreal. I’m used to being the invisible kid. But it seems like as I continue my training and taking my lumps, I’m also undergoing some right of passage. Even if I lose inside the cage, I’m still walking the walk and hanging in there no matter how hard or painful it gets. Personally I think it’s kinda cool.