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My BJJ Journey #2


If you have been following my recent fanposts, you know three things: 1) I started BJJ 2-3 weeks ago at a Renzo Gracie school (OAMA).  2) I'm getting better everyday and 3) I am sore.  Normally, I would do a write up every week of the techniques I learned, and just general insight into my progression, but this week was different. 

Monday night I headed to my Gi class pumped up.  It was my first chance to train in 6 days and I had been craving BJJ all week.  We got into class, did our normal warm up (shrimping, back rolls and a few other exercises that I won't bore you with) before being split up into partners to do live drilling.  We were being taught by Hammer, and he had let us know that he wanted us to drill escapes all class because he wanted to see what we were doing wrong and then teach us, as oppose to teaching us and letting us do drills for 15 minutes.  I started out great.  My top mount is getting much better and I can hold my opponent down almost every time now.  My bottom mount is progressing, but I am still having some trouble creating the initial space I need to escape.  It's something I am working on.

We switched to side mount and I was eager to get on bottom as I had been practicing my side control escapes and kesa-gatame sweeps on my girlfriend all week (she made me teach her the triangle choke as a trade off).  It was going great, I was working my way back to guard at will and as soon as someone went into the kesa-gatame I was sweeping them and taking top control.  With about 1 minute left on the bottom, I was put into a kesa-gatame and worked for a sweep when it happened.  That disgusting pop that no one in a gym wants to hear.  Yes, I had dislocated my shoulder in the middle of my sweep.  Luckily, I've dislocated it two times before so I was able to put it back in instantly (probably saved me from getting surgery) but my night was done.  I sat up, told Hammer that I felt it pop and just dropped my head in disgust.  That was two days ago.

Two days later and my shoulder doesn't really hurt, although it feels very, very loose and unstable.  I want to train so bad, but I know that if I hit the mat its going to pop right back out and then I'd be dealing with something very serious.  So I guess that's it for me and BJJ for a few weeks.  I'm going to relax, let my shoulder heal and then start back up again.  Until then, keep shrimping (for me).

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