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.


  1. Cool - I'd be interested in reading those lesson plans, and I'm especially interested to hear how the classes go in the future.

  2. I would love to get some advice from you. I have been asked to teach a womens class as well and I am only a blue belt. I am very honored to have been asked and want to do this but very nervous as well. I feel I still have so much to learn myself. I can be reached at Any advice would help..Thanks D

  3. You could have a look at the articles Chrissy wrote on the topic. :)