Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Do you expect to submit me?

Ever grappled a guy that is about as solid as a brick house? Ok, now add to that a 100 lb weight advantage. And a five year skill advantage. That's Tony, one of my friends at Fabio's. I grappled him yesterday. Let's just say things didn't go well for me. He didn't use a whole lot of muscle or anything. He just submitted me a bunch of times, which is normal. It wasn't a shock to me, as this happens every time I grapple him.

After our grapple, I must have looked a little deflated (though I don't remember feeling particularly down. Just...vexed. I felt like I was handing him my legs on a silver platter the whole time).

He said, "You know, it's cool for me to see how much you've grown since you started. You don't see it, do you?"

I shrugged awkwardly. It's hard to feel good about a grapple in which you were categorically owned with very little effort on your opponent's part.

He said, "I've been grappling five years, Allie. Do you expect to submit me?"

"No!" I said, laughing.

"Do you expect me not to be able to submit you?"

Again I said no.

He shrugged and said, "You're doing good."

It was a good reminder for me. I am very competitive and, too often, I forget that BJJ is a marathon, not a sprint.

Also, I had a funny miscommunication with one of the girls I grapple. We had a seminar with Marcelo Saporito this past weekend (which was AWESOME. Another post on that later) and I learned some cool stuff. I was going to try one of the sweeps we learned in a grapple yesterday. Got about halfway through it, then drew blank on what came next. The girl I was grappling had not been at the seminar, but I started to ask her, "Hey do you remember...oh, you weren't at the seminar." She thought I said something like, "Hey, do you think you're going somewhere?" LOL She goes, "Are you talking crap?" And I was like, "Huh?" After we sorted it out and laughed, I realized I mumble things a lot while I grapple. And most people probably wouldn't ask me to clarify what I said. Again, it's kind of like the looks I do. Don't realize I'm doing it. I need to figure out a way to zip my lips!! GRRRR!!!


Gina said...

Lol on the mumbling. I do that, too, but I usually I say things like "No, no, no!!!" when I realize I've made a mistake and I'm in trouble :)

Emily Lemos said...

I usually have my own running commentary that goes something like "Oh that wasn't good. Oof! Unh!" (those are the sounds of me getting squashed) I think I just grin like an idiot when I actually get something right!

A.D. McClish said...

@Gina and Emily -- I do the same things you guys mentioned!! I don't know how to make it stop! lol

Albert Fish said...

Very terrific post on what Tony said. It's so simple and true. said...

I think out loud on and off the mat. Logan and I have a lot of fun trash talking each other when we roll - it relieves the mother / teenage daughter tensiions

Liam H Wandi said...

Beautiful post Allie :)

Jiujitsunista said...

"Do you think you're getting that armbar? Your not!"


Jiujitsunista said...

You're* ... not coffee yet.

Bom dia!