I've been teaching natural childbirth on Thursday nights again, which means no beginner jiu-jitsu class until after Thanksgiving. However, childbirth doesn't start until 7, and the doors at BJJ open at 6, so I've been coming in to get a few rolls beforehand.
Tonight, there were more than the usual number of women, so someone took a picture of the "Harrisburg Hotties" - a few of us already disheveled from 30 minutes of pre-class rolling. I love working with these amazing women who inspire me, challenge me, and make me laugh on a regular basis. (Our female coach is missing from the picture, but she belongs in this category as well.)
I recently read a meme that said, "It takes a doctor or lawyer less time to become a professional than it does for a jiu-jitsu practitioner to get a black belt." This is true - it seems the average time is 10-12 years - but my initial reaction was to disagree. After all, unlike med and law students, we only train a few hours per week.
On the other hand.... the amount of time spent actually training is only a fraction of the amount of time we spend thinking about, reading about, talking about and watching videos about BJJ. So, not unlike grad school, there's time spent in class, but also a vast number of hours spent outside of class that a dedicated jiu-jiteiro devotes to learning this art. (Still not med or law school hours, but you get my point.)
The hardest part for me is not having a human being on whom to practice when I'm home and the urge hits. I have Enzo...
... but he's just not the same.
Rocky, on the other hand, adores him.
No family members, including the actual martial artists, want to roll with Mom. Because that's just weird. Savageman has long declared his body to be a no-jiu-jitsu zone. So I read and watch and try to remember and visualize as best as I can. It's not optimal, but it will have to do.
Today's video was on the kimura armlock. I love this one, because it illustrates the growth process that happens when you take the experience and perspective gained through thousands of hours of live training and apply it to the development of any particular technique.
Looking forward to when it feels that seamless and easy. In the meantime, I'll be studying and training on and off the mats. :)