I only went to practice one time last week. I had to resort to 30 reps a day of BJJ techniques for the rest of the six days. The day I did go (Tuesday) I hurt my back from practicing break falls. We were doing the exercises where people kneel down and you jump and roll over them and practice falling on your back. I thought I was in Judo class many years ago and hit the falls with the same intensity level.
When I was taking a shower after class I began to feel my back tense up and at 12 AM exactly I awoke with cramps in 5 different places. My calves, right inner thigh and both sides of my back. It felt like the Juggernaut had taken control of my limbs.
Needless to say I needed to take it easy.
On another note, my nephews have been going to BJJ practice for about 7 or 8 weeks now and they are improving substantially. They are beginning to look like BJJ practitioners. They are learning to defend chokes and are becoming more aggressive on the mat. Further, they are able to defend much better against the older and bigger kids.
At times, my oldest nephew, Kenyon, has been upset with himself because he is getting choked out so much. He likes to pick people up and almost body slam them (he puts them down gently) but he also keeps his head down when he shoots. He pays the price often. They also both express frustration with a slightly older girl in class, Madison, who manhandles them. But I keep trying to express to them that they just have to put in the time and develop the skill and that it doesn’t matter if it is a boy or a girl who beats them. If their opponent has superior size, strength and technique they will have a hard time no matter what.
They’ll be okay though…..