Once a week a friend of mine is showing me some basic Ju Jitsu moves and technique. I have been a fan of mixed martial arts for a long time, and it kind of makes sense to actually learn what I am watching these people do. Also, I am reaching an age where I know I will regret not having tried certain things.
I go to my friend Choo Choo's house once a week where we walk into a little room with padded floors and walls and tie on our gi's. His wife must be the most understanding woman ever. She has to tell guests, "and that's our padded room." After warming up a bit, we go over six or seven basic moves a day that are written on the wall. It turns out that I am terrible at learning new things. I know this about myself, but I'm determined to not let that be who I am. What I don't want to do is stagnate. I have to force my brain to learn the steps of these moves, and it's something really difficult for me. But I know it's good for the brain to make it work hard.
Yesterday he was showing me how when you have someone mounted, that you want to look up high because when you look down at the person you end up leaning down and leaving yourself vulnerable. Just for the hell of it, I asked him all the crazy stuff he could do to me if I leaned in. He then nearly choked me to death in like five different ways. I think it was a good learning experience to get dominated by someone half my size. Very humbling.
Choo Choo is around the same size as the guy in this video, and I'm in the neighborhood of 6'2 and 205 pounds.
How about you, readers? Trying any new things lately?