Jiu Jitsu went well last night, and I actually taught Kettlebells last night (gasp!) since John, Maggie and another instructor Mike traveled out of state to train with an affiliate gym. I did the warm-ups with the class, but mostly did clock watching/technique watching for the remainder of the class. Which in retrospect was probably one of my saving graces for the night, as I was still completely spent from the Sunday and Monday combo of training that pretty much destroyed my body. I didn’t realize just how exhausted I was until I was doing cartwheels during Jiu Jitsu warm-ups. I am certainly no gymnast, but usually get through with little trouble, and I tend to do them pretty straight and fast. Last night however I staggered around like a drunk stumbling home after a night belly-up to the bar. It was a little disconcerting to say the least.
Anyway, I’m slowly but surely getting to my point: in Jiu Jitsu we went over some guard breaking, which we did on Monday, and then did some positional training, and finished with some sparring and started on our feet rather than our usual ‘from the knees’ routine.
Judo had 4 people total in it: a black belt guy Shannon, and 2 other girls and myself. At the end of the night I called it “the bad-ass bitches Judo class”. Due to the exhaustion and every major joint on my right side in pain, I opted not to spar in randorii. Before the sparring though we got in a line and threw everyone onto a crash pad.
And now for the point: I do not do well with the crash pad. It’s totally a mental thing, because I throw just fine without it, but I start to worry and somehow that I will trip and fall over that big piece of foam and end up hurting my uke and myself in one fantastical clusterfuck of an attempted throw. It’s great falling on, and it’s great when the person falls on the damn thing, I just hate using it. I know if just means I should practice with it more and become comfortable with the pad behind me, but it’s the getting to that point of comfort that will be frustrating.
Tonight I think I’m going to no-gi. Wish me luck!