So after almost six weeks off due to various illnesses and personal crises, I got back to the gym this week. I tried to go easy on myself and just did two nights of no gi Brazilian Jiu Jitsu on Tuesday and Thursday nights. It was really good being back, though my cardio really got bad during my time off.
It was super hot in the gym for one. They just did some remodeling and I think are still finishing up with the A/C, so it got really warm really quickly. We did some drills for about half an hour, then did free roll the rest of the time in five minute rounds. Tuesday night I gassed out pretty quick. I was going against a much younger guy, who was in really good shape. Though I noticed during drills he was really rough. Usually in drills, you kind of try to walk through the techniques, or do them quickly but gently so as not to hurt your partner.
He was just grabbing me and trying to fling me all over. He even grabbed my t-shirt at one point and ripped the sleeve out of it, which annoyed me. You don’t grab clothing in no gi. If you want to grab clothing, that’s what training with the gi is for. In a tournament you can lose points for that. In training, you rip your partner’s clothes and piss them off.
Once we started free roll, I dominated him pretty good most of the round. I got him down and took side control and held it for awhile trying to open up an armbar or choke. But he would buck a lot and eventually I got exhausted, so he was able to get out from under me and tap me out in a Kimura hold.
After that, there was about a minute or so left, and I couldn’t catch my breath. Our instructor had me sit out the last round since I think I was looking rather pale. It was a good class over all though. Seems like cardio is often the first thing to go, but also comes back pretty quickly too when you stay with it.
On Thursday I switched partners a few times as stragglers would show up late for class. We did pretty much the same kind of drills we did on Tuesday. There is one drill, I don’t know what you call it or how to describe it, but it really kills your abs. I mean, that’s all good, just not fun at the time. He showed a couple other techniques that I just couldnt’ get. I find that a lot in BJJ. There are a lot of techniques that involve putting one foot here, the other leg there, cross one arm over behind the other arm, bend over backwards and scratch your nose with your toe.
Okay, I’m exaggerating a little. But it feels like that when trying to do it. It looks so easy as they show it, but trying to execute it is another story. Maybe it’s because I’m a white belt, or a bigger guy, or both. So far my best technique is smash and choke. It’s simple, but effective. Though at some point, I’m going to have to learn some of the fancier moves.
When we rolled Thursday, I rolled with my buddy Hunter for one round. Hunter worked with me a lot then took a few months off after winning his fight. He always threw me around the mat before, and now that I’ve gained experience, I was anxious to roll with him again to show him how I’ve improved. Well, Hunter is real skinny, and tall, he’s like 6’5 or so and its ALL legs. He’d go straight to his back to defend, and I could not pass his guard no matter how hard I tried. His fucking legs don’t end, ever. It’s like Jack and the Beanstalk, they just go on and on forever. I’m clear up behind his head trying to pass his guard, and he wraps his legs around my head to triangle me. I managed to wiggle out of it, but I stumbled backward, he jumped on top and got me in an armbar before I could react.
The next round, I rolled with Jason, our instructor and gym owner. I never rolled with him before. He’s a brown belt and has probably forgotten more than I actually know about BJJ. He knows all the moves, all the counters, and the counters to the counters. Though he never really tried to tap me out. He pretty much just held me down to see if I could escape, which I couldn’t. After him I rolled with another guy I didn’t know. I did pretty well against him most of the round, by the time that round was over I was out of gas. I sat out the last two rounds.
Jason told me afterwards that my cardio will come back quickly as long as I keep returning. It’s funny too because as I was rolling, I feel physically stronger than I did a few months ago, and in my head I know the techniques. Something would open up and I knew right away what to do, but would just tire out before I could actually execute it and then would just lie there.
So at least it isn’t like completely starting over, plus I’m almost 60 lbs lighter than I was when I started. This coming week, I’m gonna get back in Muay Thai on Monday, then try to hit BJJ on Tues and Thurs. Then hopefully do BJJ and MMA on Tues and Thurs nights. As long as I have no more injuries or illness to slow me down again, I should be able to get on track to get the rest of this weight off.