Tuesday, July 27, 2010


Last night I had the privilege to roll with one of the newer whitebelt men at our school. Let me tell you, when I was assigned to roll with him I wasn't looking forward to it. The guy's name is Ish and he is a giant. When I say giant, I mean he looks like he could be a professional football player. Big muscles. Really thick. Scary.

When we sat down to roll, I was already gearing up for an unpleasant experience. I expected lots of muscling and squashing. But, as soon as the roll started, I realized I was wrong. Ish is easily the biggest guy I have ever grappled. But I didn't feel his weight even once! He didn't try to muscle me. He used technique. He didn't try to squash me. He was careful about his weight, but not in a way that made the roll awkward.

I was really impressed. If he sticks with it, he is going to learn fast because he has already learned that Jiu-jitsu isn't about size and strength, but about technique. Go Ish!! :)


The Part Time Grappler said...

Super! If we ever roll with you (and I hope some day we will) I will know how to now :o)

I was planning on squishing you!!

A.D. McClish said...

Haha, when I first read your comment, I thought you were saying that after reading that post you planned on squishing me. Mean, mean Liam! Just kiddin'. I hope we do get to roll one day!

Megan said...

Wow...had he practiced any arts before?

I've really come to fear the small, musclee guys more than the big ones. I have yet to be hurt by a guy that was bigger me...the smaller ones...that's another story...

A.D. McClish said...

@ Megan: I am not sure if he did any other kind of martial art before. But he is a really nice guy and he came in from the get go not wanting to use strength. Really cool.

Daniel said...

I prefer to think he looks just like "Terry Tate:Office Linebacker"

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