Yesterday, I had Rosemary with me during TNT - Tone N Tighten, conditioning with a BJJ slant, sometimes known as Tone N Torture - as well as regular jiu-jitsu class. For the first hour, she sat in her pack & play, quietly playing while the rest of us grunted and sweated. When jiu-jitsu started, she started fussing, so I put her on the mat with us.
Grappling dummies make great backrests
for babies who aren't reliable sitters
Baby belt promotions happen fast
She continued playing, and we continued drilling armbars from mount. I heard a frustrated noise and looked to see if she was okay. Reaching for a toy, she rolled over for the first time!
How cool is that? This child, who has literally been on the mats since before she was born, had her first roll on the mat!
So, back to actual BJJ... Monday morning class is Jane-Jitsu - all women, and has only been going a few weeks. I'm the senior student there, and if you've been paying attention you'll know that this means the other students are brand spanking new. We've been drilling a lot of basic movements - I think this is the second submission we've drilled in this class, if you count armbar from guard as a separate submission.
If I was concerned that I hadn't absorbed any jiu-jitsu or improved, this lesson proved otherwise. The first time I learned this, I couldn't get to my feet without putting my butt way up in the air. I couldn't switch my foot to the other side of their head without falling over. This time, I still felt a little awkward but I COULD DO IT!!! I love learning new, fancy techniques, but when I drill a basic move I already know (or thought I knew) it makes me see that I am progressing. Even more important, now this is a move that I'm not afraid to try when sparring.