I don’t even know what happened. I had to have other people tell me what they saw and then piece the story together.
It was about 7 of us. We jogged, stretched, performed some calisthenics and then I decided that I would demonstrate some take-downs. I showed the guys a double-overhook outside leg trip, a version of a bear hug inside-leg trip and finally a harai o-goshi which is a hip throw with a sweep. This is the throw where I ended up being thrown on my face.
The entire time I was cautioning the guys to go slow and take it easy. What troubles me now more than anything else is that the guy that threw me on my face told me that he had 7 years of Judo experience in Japan and that he wrestled for the University of Central Florida.
So how did I end up being thrown on my face?
At first I was going to make light of the situation but as I think about it I am tired of being injured by big guys with no sense of their own strength. Since I was instructing I let him practice each throw two times and then I would check on the other guys. Before the second throw where I went unconscious for a second or two I thought about not letting him go a second time. I should have followed my instinct.
A couple of the guys in class said that I landed on my face or neck. Which to me, seems impossible with that throw. I sat out for the majority of class and then I rolled with Joe and the big new guy that helped me go into the land of unconsciousness.
As Joe goes to class at least 5 times a week he continues to get better and it is getting harder and harder to grapple with him. We rolled for about 5 minutes and then I begged off as I was exhausted. In my roll with the new guy with 7 years of Judo and wrestling at UCF he was able to gain the top position and we spent most of the time in the half-guard, guard to mount game with him on top. In the last seconds of the round I swept him, obtained mount and tapped him out with a knuckle choke.
New Rule: I am not going to grapple with or act as a throwing dummy for some guys. Not at all. It is not worth it!
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