Open mat last night, and I felt much better. I made myself take a nap in the morning. I wonder if I just haven't had the energy to escape lately?
I should explain this. I never used to get stuck in bottom mount or bottom side mount before, and it's become my obsession to find a way to quit acting like Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is all about lying on your back. I'm trying to figure out what changed. Did I change something I was doing and create a hole in my game? Am I just too tired to bother getting them off of me? Did I lose enough weight that I've given up my size advantage and I never had the technique to begin with? Was I just never getting stuck there before because I always got submitted quickly once in mount? Was everyone just letting me out?
I have no answers. I did get a new tweak on how to get out: When trying to push my partner down to a lower mount, put one hand on their opposite hip, with my elbow on their other hip. Then put my other hand on top of the first hand and push. Surprisingly effective.
I rolled with one of the high school kids. He got some ribbing for having a hard time passing guard, as in, "Dude, it's like getting beat by your MOM!" "I know, it's humiliating!" I had a moment where I had to do the math to realize that, yes, I am more than old enough to be his mother, not even as a teen mom. Sigh. Frankly, if I had the option to be 16 again, I wouldn't do it. I'm a much better person now, and I think even in better shape.
On a sad note, we missed the tournament at our parent gym, Jax BJJ today. We were almost to the on-ramp when we saw that the interstate was backed up as far as we could see in both directions. It was already going to be a 45 minute drive with 3 kids, with nothing for the kids to do once we got there but sit still and watch, so we bailed. Boo. Can't wait to hear how everyone did!