Wednesday, May 26, 2010

One month down

The first four women's classes are in the books. Well, technically, they're in my handy little Sasquatch notebook. True story. The classes are going well, and Rachel gets a gold star for perfect attendance (or she would if I had any gold stars). Last night, there were 4 women in class, which is a new record. I was really excited to have 4 women last night because I showed my favorite armbar from s-mount. I'm figuring out the timing of things, and keeping another idea or two for each class in the back of my head in case I need filler. More often, I end up needing to skip something in order to make sure we have time for positional sparring. I've noticed that some women tend to bail at the end of regular classes without sparring, so I want to make sure that they're getting a little bit of that in this class.

Speaking of sparring, I'm back in that achy saddle. I sparred for the first time last Wednesday (5/19), and then again Monday and Tuesday nights. I'm taking tonight off so that I will be semi-fresh for tomorrow night, and then heading off to Orlando to look at a venue on Friday.

In other news, Brian should be able to officially destroy his crutches in a few more hours. I'm keeping my fingers crossed - the sooner he's off of the crutches, the sooner he can walk around and get things off of the top shelves for me.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

2010 so far

My faithful readers (all 3 of you) probably remember that I was hoping for 2010 to be a better BJJ year than 2009. So far, it's been a little rough, but I think things are finally getting back on track. After finding out about the gallstones in February, I couldn't train until April 1. I managed to train 10 times in April, even though I'm not really able to spar yet. Just 12 more days, and the stupid anti-sparring device gets removed, so I can get back on the mats for real, though.

In other BJJ news, I taught my first class last week. I know, I'm a blue belt. Blue belts shouldn't teach. I have believed this since I started training, and I'm sure I've said it on more than one occasion, too. At any rate, I'm officially a hypocrite, but I've come to grips with it. Klint and I talked about a women's class a few months ago, and I tried really hard to get him to convince Marie to teach it, but she doesn't really have the time to do it. Klint asked me if I would teach it, and I told him there was no way I should be teaching anyone. Then, I spent 2 months off the mats, and I started thinking about teaching again. I've always thought I didn't really have any interest in teaching BJJ. I thought I just wanted to be a grappler, not a teacher. Then, I realized that teaching will actually help my grappling. I will improve my own technique by paying attention to the details, and so on. So, there you have it. About halfway through April, I asked Klint if he was still interested in having a women's class some day (thinking that some day would be 6 or 8 months down the road). Klint, being the quick mover that he is, decided we would start in May. Crap. I had 2 weeks to come up with a plan (and students). So, I sent a panic-stricken email to women I know that teach (or have taught) women's BJJ classes (Addie, Alaina, and Jen), and got some advice. Then, I put together some lesson plans for the first 9 weeks (May and June), and sent them to Val for review. I'm pretty sure that without the support of those 4, I would have spent the entire first class making people shrimp or something. Anyway, now that I've made it through one class, I'm feeling much better about the whole thing. We had two women the first night, and I showed 2 mount escapes and a few ways to maintain mount that I like. Then, I asked both women that came for feedback, and they said nice things. I'm hoping Klint also talked to both of them, so he can give me some feedback, too.

In non-BJJ news, I'll be picking up Cheryl's puppy tonight and keeping her at Casa Linzy for the next few weeks, while Cheryl is off lying on a beach and NOT thinking about MRSA test samples. Puppies are fun and all, but I'd much rather be on the vacation.