Isn't it pretty???
I love feeling like I'm making progress. Getting a stripe is nice validation that someone else thinks I'm making progress. I got a huge validation the same night I got my stripe - I held down a boy. We were drilling side mount, and I used a few tips I'd learned recently to great advantage. My far arm reached up under his shoulder and grabbed his gi. My near arm reached deep into his collar, made a fist and shoved into the mat. The next night (when I wasn't there but my husband was), he wanted to know what I'd been doing because he could not get up. He weighs 35 lbs more than I do. His bodyfat percentage is SIGNIFICANTLY lower than mine, like maybe 5%, compared to my, um, higher double digit number. He's in his prime, maybe 20. I'm pushing 40. Yes, friends, I had physics, also known as really good jiu-jitsu, on my side. Oh yeah!