So I’m walking through the store the other day just doing my usual, you know keeping the kids from walking off or touching everything. When out of the corner of my eye I catch the word “Jitsu” on some packaging. It turns out that they have a Disney card game called Card-Jitsu. It looks more like something from The Penguins of Madagascar meets The Last Airbender. But the fact that the word “Jitsu” was on it makes me think “Jiu-Jitsu” is becoming move of a household name. Something most kids can identify with thus the game with reference to it.
I think I’ll research my idea a little further. I think I’ll go right to the source and see what the average 1st to 6th grader thinks Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu or Jiu-Jitsu is. I’ll try conducting a survey. This should be fun and funny. I’ll post the results of course.
We have a good number of very active youth at West Side. Trin is one of those. She is a real good go getter and great to watch. She really shows her stuff in this video. She also shows BJJ in action against a bigger opponent. When she gets him in the Triangle he goes nuts and starts flopping all over. To Trin’s credit she keeps the Triangle on and never gives up until she gets the submission. I had a good chuckle too at the very end with her triumph show.
Its almost like you need a support group when you are training solely at home. Its so easy to put it off for other things. I don’t just mean being a couch potato. There is a never ending list of things to do around my house. My passion for BJJ isn’t diminished. I just don’t have a priority for it. When I had classes each week there was a “slot” in my life for it. Now I’m having to struggle to find a new slot. The worse part is with the baby coming my whole life schedule will change and it will be a while before it settles again. So I don’t know if I can even really get in a routine. That means I have to fill in the gaps ever chance I get. That really tests my commitment to the art of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Its not that I have forgotten about it. Its been on my mind a lot as of late. Last night I dreamed I got in a fight. I got the guy in a Triangle but he slipped out. I was really upset in my dream and blamed it on not training like I should.
My forth child is due end of April 2011. What does that mean? The wife needs me more then ever to look after our three other children and I need more money. So I have no other choice then to take a sabbatical from BJJ for a while. That means no formal classes.
At first I started to despair. When would I ever be able to afford to go back? My instructor was kind enough to let me know I was welcome to come back now and then for free when I needed to get away. That is what is great about West Side and BJJ. Its about the learning and training not the bucks.
I decided the best thing for me to do was fill in the free time, if any, with training at home. I have my DVD’s and Submission Master Grappling Dummy after all. I’ve tried to have a routine at home but with regular classes it was easy to let it slip. I knew I’d get my practice in at class. Now I’m really going to be tested on my commitment to BJJ. So I needed something to help me keep going. Of course I thought of my blog. I’m going to try and chronicle my training at home. If all else fails just keeping up this blog will keep the light of BJJ flickering in me.