Betsy gets thrown


Jiu-Jitsu was canceled Saturday because Instructor’s wife had a baby in the wee hours of the morning. When class did resume, a student, whom I’ll call Thoughtful One, slipped me a card and a pen. Many others had already signed the congratulations on the new baby card before it made its way to me. He was also collecting cash, “No pressure, though,” he said several times, to purchase a Target gift card.

I couldn’t help but feel ashamed of myself for not having been the Thoughtful One. I figured saying congratulations to his face would be enough. And it probably was, and yet… as the lone female, shouldn’t I have been the one to organize a card and gift? Yes, I know that’s stereotyping women. Still, I felt I should do more as the only mom and the student in class the longest.

So, this morning I ordered this for Instructor’s new daughter:

I’ll let you know how it’s received.

While I was shopping Amazon, another shirt caught my eye. (Oh, gosh, not THIS again!) It combines my love of Jiu-Jitsu and cats, as well as what has become my signature move, the Kimura. Last time I did it on Surfer Dude (SD1), he said, “You like that one, don’t you?”

“It’s my bread and butter,” I told him. (I don’t fully understand that expression, but it’s what came out of me at the moment.)

I didn’t buy it, though. I’m not trying to single-handedly finance Amazon’s entire line of Jiu-Jitsu shirts. (Besides, the Kimura requires two hands. Or paws.)

A couple more Instructor funnies:

“If you’re in a fight with someone and realize he’s skilled, you say, ‘Hey, man. Do you do jiu jitsu? Where do you train?’ Then suddenly you’re friends and you’re going out for aΓ§aΓ­.”

In a certain move, “Your foot slaps the mat, not just because it’s effective, but because it sounds cool.”

Sorry, just two for now.

When I took my daughter with me last week, an upper belt Master Class student greeted us as, “Betsy. Mini Betsy.” Later, when my daughter and I were working on the mat, this student said to her, “If you get this right, no chores for a week!”

And since my daughter was there, I got to fulfill a wish of getting my first time being thrown over the back on video. SD1, ever accommodating, agreed to throw me. “But first I need to teach you to break fall,” he said.

Then Instructor called time.

“Never mind. You’ll be fine,” SD1 said. And he threw me, though slowly. It didn’t hurt a bit.

Because I don’t have the ability to post videos, I took multiple screen shots for you. Scroll as quickly as possible to get the full effect. This slideshow is also entertaining if you watch it backwards!

My daughter apologized for stopping the video just before I threw my arms up in the classic, “Woohoo!” gesture. Ah well.

Next goal: throw someone over MY back. πŸ™‚

Do you have any bizarre life goals? Do you think Instructor will like the onesie?

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  1. I love that little onesie! Maybe you need to form a Sunshine Committe at your Jiu-Jitsu place. We have one at work and all celebrations are taken care of. Also, great to see you smiling all the way through the take-down!

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    • I was definitely smiling all the way through that take down! Haha. πŸ™‚

      A Sunshine Committee is a sweet idea. Pretty sure Instructor would frown on frequent birthday cakes being brought in, though. However… my birthday is coming up. Hmm… πŸ˜‰

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  2. Who doesn’t love a personalized onesie! I enjoyed the flip card video.I would say my life goals are more of the normal type . . . Visiting National Parks and such.

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  3. My first life goal has always been to avoid being sent to jail. so far, so good.
    My second life goal is to always have my house keys in my pocket. so far, so good.
    My third life goal is to understand how someone gets thrown like that but doesn’t have to be taken to the hospital afterwards – still working on that one …

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  4. That is such an awesome little onesie for Instructor’s daughter!! I love it. And your joke about Kimura takes two paws! You are hilarious – and awesome, adventurous and so delightfully up-for-anything!!

    Can’t wait for the video of you throwing someone over your back — and I’m sure Mini Betsy will video your trademark celebration when you do!

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  5. I used to look down on throws, thinking they were nothing but Street Fighter stunts. Then I sparred with a judoka and now I only sit down and pull guard ha ha ha. Am still impressed how the kimura is your go-to, because as a smaller guy, I actually popped my own wrist trying to finish a bigger guy with that ha ha ha 😦

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  6. Great action photos, B. And as to the expression, “bread & butter” That last time I heard that used was in an SNL sketch with Dan Akroyd, and that was a long time ago. Cheers on trying to revive it. A little trivia: Bread & butter is the bread & butter of the bread & butter industry

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  7. Awww the onesie is so cute! My back would hurt after being thrown like that omg…like I have such a low pain tolerance. My bjj friend (who I’m now dating haha) did some move on me last week and their knee hit my leg so hard and I was like so overdramatic about it like it’s just a bruise now but I was like “yoU hUrT mE sO bAd” lol anyways I think you’re tougher than me and that’s the point πŸ˜€

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  8. I love how you have this giant grin on your face as you’re thrown. What a riot. And cute onesy. No, just because you’re a woman doesn’t mean you have to be the card-carrier,and gift-organizer. Let that one go, girl. πŸ˜€

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  9. “It’s my bread and butter” actually dates back to about 1700. Back then, bread spread with butter was an everyday staple – something you could always reliably count on.

    What can I say? I’m the Cliff Clavin of the blog world.

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  10. I think it’s very thoughtful that you felt some sort of guilt for not having organized it being the longest member of the class but that says a lot about you as a person and the instructor as a teacher, so this isn’t a bad thing πŸ™‚

    Loveeee the onesie and the cat tee! hehe! He’ll love it!!!

    No bizarre life goals I don’t think lol I can’t seem to think of any off the top of my head .. and also…. you’re right… I ALSO don’t entirely know where that phrase “bread and butter” derives from either… LOL


    • Thank you, BB. That does make me feel better. And according to Mark in the comments above: β€œIt’s my bread and butter” actually dates back to about 1700. Back then, bread spread with butter was an everyday staple – something you could always reliably count on.”
      I guess that’s as good as any origin story I would come up with. πŸ™‚
      Perhaps having non-bizarre life goals would be better anyhow. But that reminds me, I gotta ask SD1 to teach me how to throw him. Gosh, he looks heavy, but I suppose that shouldn’t matter. Stay tuned on that one! πŸ™‚

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  11. Oh my gosh! Reading about you getting thrown is sooooo not the same as watching (I scrolled really quickly!!!) you get thrown. You are certainly made of sterner stuff than I ever was (even Aikido was too much for me).

    P/S ❀️ the onesie! As new parents, they will go bonkers over it!

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