One blog name suggestion during the “contest” was “Crazy with a Yellow Belt.” If we had gone with that, it would need to be updated now.
The green belt test was not nearly as embarrassing as my yellow belt test. Did I still screw something up?
Of course I did.
When the testing was complete, Sensei instructed my partner and me to return to our starting line. I began jogging to the spot I’d been seated before being called up for the test. I realized halfway there that he meant our starting line from which we DID the test.
I turned around and smiled at him sheepishly as I returned to the appropriate line. Fortunately, he smiled back. It’s a good thing we’re friends or he might have instead been irritated, annoyed, or given me a reproving look.
I later considered that it pays to be a nice, friendly person. That greases the skids of forgiveness for my flubs. If I weren’t nice, he might have reacted differently. I synthesized that thought process down into this text exchange:
Soon after, the girls and I got the flu. I was worried we might have spread it to him, so I gave him a heads up and suggested he take preventative measures. Then it occurred to me that I had an opportunity to get back at him for his snark and maybe get a leg up for a change. Here’s what I wrote post-testing, pre-belt ceremony:
I was wrong. He still wins.
A blog reader had asked if the different belt colors had meanings behind them. I didn’t know, but then I found this paperwork from when we had first signed up. Here’s a partial shot.
Of course I would be remiss if I said nothing about Jiu-Jitsu. Some noteworthies:
Instructor: “Duck walk your foot to the other person’s armpit.” Then, as he waddled his foot sideways, much like a duck’s webbed foot, he said, “Quack quack quack,” with each step.
Later, for the rear naked choke, it was, “Put your face next to his like you’re taking a family photo,” and he smiled for an invisible camera.
That last one wasn’t new to me, so I didn’t laugh at it like I did the duck walk. A man near me was shaking his head at the floor as he chuckled. Seeing others enjoy Instructor’s jokes is just as fun as the jokes themselves.
Yesterday, during warm up, I saw Enthusiastic Teen striding toward the front door. I rushed to pull it shut as he tried to open it. I grinned at him through the glass before letting go of the handle.
“You seriously ran over here just to do that to me?” he said as he entered.
“Yep. Totally worth it.”
I enjoy goofing around with that kid.
This class was the preeminent “holy grail” of Jiu-Jitsu: The Triangle Choke, where you choke your opponent between your thighs and his own arm. There are a couple methods, and, I kid you not, one is called Giant Killer Variation. I stayed after to work on it more with my buddy Lopez, whose daytime classes are apparently still in the works.
Another guy, watching from the side, waiting for his turn, said to me, “I feel like you have the perfect limbs for crushing someone’s life out.”
Lopez nodded. “There’s more padding and it takes longer when he does this to me, but with you, I felt the choke immediately.”
I put a hand over my heart. “My momma would be so proud.”
I’m trying to bulk up, but apparently, at least with this move, my skinny legs are an advantage.
Like the saying goes:
Work Choke with what you’ve got.