Tuesday, September 20, 2011
The goal: "Keep your hands to yourself." I know this, and yet, I've been getting arm barred like crazy. Yes, sometimes upper belts catch my arm where it shouldn't be, but there are so many times when I am conscientious of keeping my arms in, and they get yanked and pulled at. I fight like hell the whole way, but usually the end result is that they get my arm enough where I'll just tap. Arm bars are also not usually a move that I will see or attempt. I know training is the perfect time to try it, but I don't usually have enough control to make the move work for me. Generally, a risky move. I'm much more comfortable with triangles and chokes. I will be more watchful of doing and avoiding the arm bar positioning. Once they can even reach my arm, it's almost too late in most cases.
I'm starting to like jiu-jitsu. It took a year, and I still feel like newer people surpass me, but I find myself searching the internet and wanting to read jiu-jitsu magazines. I even enjoyed watching UFC fights, not just the social part of it.
I read an article about Kyra Gracie in Jiu-Jitsu Style magazine that had me searching around for any seminars that she will be doing, and thinking about when I can be in NY and take a private lesson from her. There was also an article about women training Jiu-Jitsu. While, it would be neat to hear more about women in the U.S. to connect with, this article about the UK was certainly relatable. There was still the sentiment about size as more significant than gender in a training partner. I don't like it when issues of gender inequality are completely ignored. While the act of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu training is practical, and may feel comfortable for women in many cases, I don't think it can be a vacuum where societal context doesn't matter at all. Much of my experience is as a sisterly role to the 30 and over men, which is not necessarily a bad experience. But when i'm rolling with someone that says, "good girl," i know it is a supportive compliment, but it does exemplify how it's a 'woman's role' to be taken care of and protected.
I definitely work hard on defense, no matter who I grapple, but if I am in an offensive position against someone who is big and strong like a tree trunk, it feels like trying to bend steel to break their posture in my guard, or like i am a little feather if i am on top. Let's just stay positive and say that I get an extra good workout :-)