Training Jiu Jitsu Again

. . . after a six month layoff.

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My friend Oleh and our new training hall.



Except for Oleh and another guy, both of whom usually out-muscle me, all the students are new. I taught a class today and then took on all comers. Some tried three or four times. The outcome was always the same: Them exhausted and submitted. Me asking “who’s next?.”

So I’m enjoying the aura while I can. The new students don’t understand how it’s possible. No matter what they do, no matter how hard they try, they can’t prevail. I get this aura around me — a reality distortion field.

It reminds me a little bit of being an officer — working to develop that aura of invincibility.

At the risk of sounding immodest, I’ll tell you that anyone who’s trained jiu jitsu knows how easily a blue belt can submit a white belt. I’m not a great athlete, but I’m a good blue-belt-level grappler.

See the Pleasures of Drowing for the best description of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu from the new-student perspective I’ve ever read.

BJJ and other grappling arts [are] unique in two ways: BJJ can be safely practiced under conditions of 100 percent resistance and, therefore, any doubts or illusions about its effectiveness can be removed. . . . It is a remarkable property of grappling that the distance between theory and reality can be fully bridged.

I can now attest that the experience of grappling with an expert is akin to falling into deep water without knowing how to swim. You will make a furious effort to stay afloat—and you will fail. Once you learn how to swim, however, it becomes difficult to see what the problem is.

Sadly, I have to train all the students to kick my ass . . . and I will . . . and they will.

But that’s a good thing. It keeps me humble, for one. For another, good competition makes everyone better — just like in the free market.

2 thoughts on “Training Jiu Jitsu Again

  1. Ed K

    At your age it will take a year to get into shape…

    Do you run to the jym and back?

    It might help if you run 5 miles a day.


    West Virginia Boys…

    Bubba and Billy Joe are walking down the street, and they see a sign on a store which reads, “Suits $5.00 each, shirts $2.00 each, trousers $2.50 each”.

    Bubba says to his pal, “Billy Joe, Look a here! We could buy a whole gob of these, take’em back to Charleston , sell ’em to our friends, and make a fortune. Just let me do the talkin’ ’cause if they hear your accent, they might think we’re ignorant, and not wanna sell that stuff to us.

    “Now, I’ll talk in a slow Kentucky drawl so’s they don’t know we is from
    West Virginia .”

    They go in and Bubba says with his best fake Ohio drawl, “I’ll take 50 of
    them suits at $5.00 each, 100 of them there shirts at $2.00 each, 50 pairs of them there trousers at $2.50 each. I’ll back up my pickup and…..”

    “The owner of the shop interrupts, “Ya’ll from West Virginia , ain’t ya?”

    “Well…yeah,” says a surprised Bubba… “How come you knowed that?”

    “Because this here’s a dry-cleaners.”


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