Dear reader: my apologies!
I’ve been away from my blog for so long that I nearly forgot my username and password! For shame, Kris, for shame. So I’m forcing myself to take this next 20 mins while I shovel a sandwich down my gullet between meetings to re-engage. WARNING, EXCUSES: Yes, I’ve been working a lot lately, and it’s been challenging. And the free time I get, I rather spend actually doing BJJ than writing about it. As much as I enjoy writing, I enjoy rolling much, much more.
So while I’ve been away, I’ve still been on the mats. And I feel that over the last few months, things are really clicking for me.
Fear not – I still get my ass handed to me on a regular basis. But, my positioning has improved. I’ve been mildly successful and defending submissions. I’ve been very patient to ensure I’m in a good position before thinking of a submission of my own. Plus, my fitness/cardio has dramatically improved over the past 6 months or so…and I’m able to push hard through our entire class, which always includes 20-30 of live rolling. (Note: More on testosterone supplements for 40+ yr old BJJ practitioners in an upcoming post. Google “Onnit Labs” if you want a sneak peek.) So all in all, I’m extremely happy with my BJJ progress. Of course, promotions are coming up, and I’m motivated by the fact that I don’t want Professor taking a stripe away!! Can you imagine?
“Kris, you’ve been trying hard, but I’m sorry that I’m going to have to DE-mote you at today’s promotion ceremony.” …as he ceremoniously pulls one of the stripes off my white belt, and puts it in my hand as I walk back in line.
Krav Maga progress is a different story. Having passed the Level I test, I should be rocking the Level II classes. Only the timing is such that I can’t make it to the Mon/Wed Level II class. And it’s hard to make it to the Tue/Thur class, because BJJ is a priority now, which would put me in the gym 5 days a week. Easier if it was during the day, but the evenings are a bit harder. So I’m a Level II Krav Maga guy, with zero experience in Level II classes.
I did, however, have a conversation with Chasity last night after BJJ, and she agreed that if I start coming more regularly to Krav Maga, she’ll consider teaching me the five-finger-death-touch. I asked her if we could start with Jean Claude Van Dam’s Dim-Mak…but she kindly informed me that “…bricks don’t hit back!” So that’s apparently a non-starter.
Take care of each other. Cheers.