The past week or so has been good progress. My rib is completely healed now. I go back to the Dr. today for a check up, but I have zero pain at all. I went to no gi BJJ last week two nights. Wasn’t as exhausted as I thought I would be. I did fine through the warm ups, and the techniques.
I was really happy there were some bigger guys there to roll with. You’d think rolling with smaller guys I would dominate, but that’s not always the case. The little skinny ones are like monkeys. They just latch on to you and are so small and wiry you can’t shake them off. Other big guys is more realistic to actual competition. I can’t just use brute strength, since they are just as strong or stronger.
I was really excited when we did some free rolling and I was able to get as many tapouts, as what I had tapped out myself. That means we were pretty even. Our instructor would have us change partners every 5 minutes or so. One guy was much more muscular and stronger than I am. He tapped me twice. But once I got him on his back and choked him with my forearm. He tapped quickly after that. That was a good feeling too. A few months ago, this guy would have destroyed me. Even when he did tap me out, I made him work pretty hard for it.
I did fine that with guys my size or bigger, who ever manages to get side control first is usually the winner. We big dudes don’t fare too well off our backs. Early on, I was able to get an escape or sweep from my back. But by the second round, it was really hard. That is a lot of ass to have to get off of you.
One thing I found that has helped me a lot. The philosophy in Jiu Jitsu is “position before submission” get yourself in a good spot and in control before trying to submit anyone. In the past, I’d get in a good position, then immediately attempt a submission move. My opponent would quickly throw me off or sweep me onto my back.
This time around, I learned to get on top, and just use my weight, be as heavy as I could and just hold that position. After a minute or so, he’d get tired and relax. At that point, I could place his arm into an Americana submission, which is holding down his wrist, while elevating his elbow into an opposite angle. That is an immediate tapout if done right. Or, I’d get my preferred method of jamming my forearm into his throat, clasping my hands together and pressing as hard as I could. Also an immediate tapout. I’m sure that move has a name, but I have no idea what it is, I just know it is simple and it works.
Last night I was back at Muay Thai. The classes are now 90 minutes, and I”m telling you, that extra thirty minutes is no joke. We spent about the first 15-20 minutes doing conditioning. Then we did various drills through out, kicking drills, clinching drills, etc. My shins need a lot of conditioning they were really sore after the kick drills.
The final 20 minutes we spent doing more conditioning. Running around the mat for a long time was tiring. After that we all lined up, put our arms around each other and had to do squat drills. Doing it this way is really hard, because when one person doesn’t go down all the way, it messes everyone else up. Unfortunately that one person is me. I simply am not at the point yet where I can squat down, touch my knee to the ground, and stand back up. My legs just start to give out.
So the instructor had me step out of the group and do squats on my own. This was really embarassing to be honest. I had hung in there the whole time with the rest of the class, only to be pulled aside like that. I don’t blame the instructor, I was the only one throwing everyone off. Just upset at myself that even at this point, there are still some things I can’t do, and I hate it.
Hopefully I can get my legs into the shape they need to be to support my weight, as my weight goes down. Which reminds me, I’m down four more pounds this past week. So I’m slowly getting there. Just wish there was a way to do it faster.
We’ll see what all happens in the next few weeks. Overall, coming back from the rib injury hasn’t been as difficult as I had feared. This helps most my confidence moving forward.