Yeah, I gave Jeff the instructor another black eye… 😦 It’s the same eye as two weeks ago. 😦 Sorry Jeff 😦
On a positive note, there was another girl in class tonight. Girls are starting to become common place at the Katy school. That’s where they have the women’s BJJ class on Friday nights. However, the Pinemont school continues to be a testosterone jungle. One of the guys has told me that his wife wanted to come, but that she didn’t want to be the only girl. Well today I remembered to text Jeff and he called her husband. Then lo and behold when I walked in, she was there.
Her name is Angie, she is about 5 foot 2 inches, and 115 lbs. She’s absolutely beautiful. She’s very smart and coördinated, too. Jeff had us do some basic drills. Armbars from guard. The guys started working something more technical. Jeff said I could do the harder stuff but to let her just do the armbar drills. I opted for the armbar drills, cause I suck at them. Then we did sweep or submit drills. Then Jeff gave Angie the go ahead for a REAL ROLL. (Angie’s had 4 classes at the Katy school.)
We started out real slow, with me telling her things like, “shrimp, now replace guard.” “Remember two hands together on the same side when you shrimp.” I would pass her guard and go to side control or mount. Then we would start the sequence over again. As she became more comfortable, I let the roll develop more freely. I talked her through taking my back and doing a rear naked choke. I let her get a couple of armbars. However, I didn’t totally ignore my training.
I worked a few transitions from spider guard to x-guard. I would get my feet in the right place, but forget my head and right hand or vice versa. Then I would think I had it and try to sweep, and it wouldn’t work. That probably means, I didn’t have the x-guard quite right. One time, I had what I thought was an x-guard and she escaped by doing a split. The guys don’t do splits… 🙂 It’s gonna be real different rolling with girls. *girls are tricksy* I tried to be very gentle, even when I did sweeps. I tried to let the roll flow back and forth. Let her work a little offense, then make her work some defense. A couple of times she got a little intense. I realized that she was trying to escape at those times, so I would just let her go. I didn’t go for any submissions. There was one time I set up a rear naked choke from back mount. I didn’t try to submit, I just talked her through the escape. All in all, I think she did very go and no spazzies!
We talked a little after class. I gave her BJJ GRRL’s web site and my number. She said that if it weren’t for me, she wouldn’t be there. I remember her husband telling me that he really wanted her to train. Maybe I touched someone’s life, in a good way. I think I may be rolling with new girls a lot in the future. I want to give them the best experience possible. If anybody has any advice, PLEASE give it to me.