I ended up in a no gi class… I never do no gi, but I thought I would give the guys at the Pinemont school a break. So I drove out to the Katy school instead. Happy accidents! I got to train with a girl! We had a guest instructor ….and I became velcro!
We did a side control drill. Top person tries to hold side control and the bottom person tries to escape. The instructor split my partner and I up for this drill. I didn’t question it, but maybe it was because she was so much bigger than me. I guess he didn’t know that I normally train with guys almost twice my size. Which, I guess is why this drill is difficult for me. He put me with a smaller young guy instead. He was still bigger than me but not by too much. I took top position first. *That just doesn’t sound right*
In my mind I imagined that I was industrial strength velcro and heavy as a boulder. A really big boulder. Every time he moved, I readjusted, keeping the pressure heavy and maintaining constant contact. I left no gaps for potential escapes. Try as he might he was never able to detach himself and escape. For the first time, I was able to hold side control on a guy, for the entire drill. I know he was just being nice, because I’m a little old lady and all. But it still felt good.
For the second part he was on top. I quickly slipped out from under side control and into guard. He looked down at me and warily asked. “How long have you been training?” I replied, “Two years BJJ and over ten years in martial arts all together.” Then he released this long slow deep breath, as if to say, “Whew, maybe I don’t suck so bad.” Which made me think, “Maybe, he wasn’t just being nice and I actually did become velcro.” If that is the case… Maybe I am finally getting the hang of this BJJ stuff.