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Travtex
3/16/2009 10:54pm,
So, after about 25+ years of 'Random Other Stuff' (My current main 'art' is sort of an Arnis/Judo/Kuntao blend), I've finally ambled home from my first BJJ class.

Fun stuff. Seems to be as good for 'Where the hell did THAT come from?' random bruises as my arnis class has traditionally been. At one point I tore off half of a toenail... had to get some duct tape to keep from using the remaining shard to tonail-shank the guy I was rolling with.

Very quickly discovering that it seems to be a very good thing to have long legs and flexible hips. On the down side, I have crappy lungs (Asthma + autoimmune inflammation = No wind). Have plenty of muscular endurance, but that doesn't do me any good if I have to hypoxia-tap every few minutes.

I'd rolled BJJ once about five years ago, and found myself pretty much insta-tapped repeatedly as I'd gone in blind. Hard to even try to do something when you don't even have any idea of what you CAN do, hah. I basically spent that day stuck in a rear naked choke, gurgling.

It was a bit surprising what a little bit of research and preexisting knowledge of body mechanics can do -- My guard didn't completely suck.

The down side is that I'd keep putting the dude back into my guard and rest, thinking, "Uh... now what?" Obviously, the now what comes with experience, but I'm happy with a start of being ABLE to put someone back in guard when they have no interest in staying there.

Good stuff! Think it'll mix well with my standup stuff, and grappling has always been a HUGE hole in my game -- A pretty critical hole, considering that my preferences lean toward 'Crash 'n Clinch'. You crash 'n clinch, it's almost a guarantee things are going to the ground.

cuatro76
3/16/2009 10:55pm,
Where in TX are you training?

Travtex
3/17/2009 12:50am,
http://www.flexbjjacademy.com/index.asp

Within staggering distance of my place, just opened within the last month I believe. Seems to be a solid instructor, good people all around, nice place -- With absurdly convenient location for me.

thaclient
3/17/2009 1:13am,
That's awesome that you are so close. My instructor also came out of Nova Geracao and I drive around 20 mins to get to my school... so I'm jealous.

slideyfoot
3/17/2009 3:31am,
Welcome to Bullshido!

You might find this BJJ Beginner FAQ (http://slideyfoot.blogspot.com/2006/10/bjj-beginner-faq.html) useful, as a new student in BJJ.

As I mention in that FAQ, for further reading on BJJ, I'd recommend the following threads:

Training, Stagnation and Tapping (http://www.bullshido.net/forums/showpost.php?p=974042)

Maximizing what you get out of rolling (http://www.bullshido.net/forums/showpost.php?p=1253088)

Protecting Yourself During Sparring (http://www.bullshido.net/forums/showpost.php?p=1234198)

BJJ Rolling Guide for Beginners (http://www.sherdog.net/forums/f12/bjj-rolling-guide-beginners-926678/#post29020042)
Grappling Basic Principles (http://www.bullshido.net/forums/showthread.php?t=20609)

Advice for Noobs (http://www.bullshido.net/forums/showpost.php?p=1776425&postcount=1)

First Day Lesson (http://www.bullshido.net/forums/showpost.php?p=1232603)

Fundamental 5 (http://www.bullshido.net/forums/showpost.php?p=1019474)

Obvious Epiphanies (http://www.bullshido.net/forums/showthread.php?t=62601)

And the following articles:

Starting BJJ Classes (http://www.grapplearts.com/Starting-BJJ-Classes.htm)
Nuggets of Advice (http://www.aesopian.com/127/nuggets-of-advice/)
Beginning BJJ (http://www.beginningbjj.com/index.html) (free e-course and e-book)

Tonuzaba
3/17/2009 3:39am,
Travtex,
enjoy your training!

Travtex
3/18/2009 12:55am,
Thanks for the links. I think I've already read and re-read most of them, but there's still some new and useful stuff there.

espm1000
3/18/2009 5:28am,
So, after about 25+ years of 'Random Other Stuff' (My current main 'art' is sort of an Arnis/Judo/Kuntao blend), I've finally ambled home from my first BJJ class.

Fun stuff. Seems to be as good for 'Where the hell did THAT come from?' random bruises as my arnis class has traditionally been. At one point I tore off half of a toenail... had to get some duct tape to keep from using the remaining shard to tonail-shank the guy I was rolling with.

Very quickly discovering that it seems to be a very good thing to have long legs and flexible hips. On the down side, I have crappy lungs (Asthma + autoimmune inflammation = No wind). Have plenty of muscular endurance, but that doesn't do me any good if I have to hypoxia-tap every few minutes.

I'd rolled BJJ once about five years ago, and found myself pretty much insta-tapped repeatedly as I'd gone in blind. Hard to even try to do something when you don't even have any idea of what you CAN do, hah. I basically spent that day stuck in a rear naked choke, gurgling.

It was a bit surprising what a little bit of research and preexisting knowledge of body mechanics can do -- My guard didn't completely suck.

The down side is that I'd keep putting the dude back into my guard and rest, thinking, "Uh... now what?" Obviously, the now what comes with experience, but I'm happy with a start of being ABLE to put someone back in guard when they have no interest in staying there.

Good stuff! Think it'll mix well with my standup stuff, and grappling has always been a HUGE hole in my game -- A pretty critical hole, considering that my preferences lean toward 'Crash 'n Clinch'. You crash 'n clinch, it's almost a guarantee things are going to the ground.

That's why you learn to take it to the ground! That's where the judo should come in. Just remember though, jiu-jitsu is a lot like golf, it's all in the hips (sorry, couldn't help the happy gilmore reference, was too tempting).