I mentioned in another post that I started a new regimen of lifting, running, stretching, performing calisthenics and working on BJJ techniques everyday. I had to quickly amend that to adjust for injuries. I made the mistake of coming home from practice last week and immediately lifted weights for my upper body. The next morning it felt as if someone had separated my shoulder with a Claw Hammer. (My neck was also sore, but I think that was due to me not tapping in time.)
Adjustments aside, I could see marked improvement in class this past Tuesday. My endurance is fine and I can keep rolling during the entire sparring sessions after warm-ups and drills. I have also been able to utilize the throws and sweeps that I have been practicing during my solo practice sessions.
Four puzzling things did happen during class:
After I tapped a guy out with a knuckle choke and explained how I caught him, he said, “That’s right, you have an Aikido background.”
While drilling with Charlie (blue belt), he said in a matter of fact way that I probably don’t have any problems passing people’s guard.
Carlos, an assistant instructor and brown belt, asked me, “Do you think you could teach people (BJJ)? and
Another guy after I rolled with him asked me if I was in the police academy.
It was too many statements to ignore and I pondered them after class.