So I officially changed schools over the weekend. I cleared everything first with my old coach so that no bridges were burnt. He understood that this is life.
I was very apprehensive and nervous driving to my first class. I had committed myself to changing and everything would be new. I was definitely stepping outside my comfort zone. The hardest part is the commute, but I think the longer class and tuition I’m receiving should offset that.
After all the formals I jumped on the mat before class and was greeted by one of the blues for a light roll. A nice introduction; we didn’t try to go at it hard. We just played a lot with give and take. The class itself was excellent. It was only the beginner Gracie self-defence but the instructor gave a lot of good details so both beginner and advanced students could take away something.
What else was a nice surprise was that there was another black belt in the class. So come the free rolling part of the night I got to roll with a black belt – AWESOME!!! I love the feeling of being swept effortlessly – it just makes me think there is so much to learn in this art. I made sure I didn’t go too hard with anyone, and just tap if I was caught instead of fighting stubbornly. There isn’t as many intermediate belts as my old gym but I can feel that everyone really tries to get technique over strength.
So overall an awesome first class. Even though it was a beginner class I actually picked up quite a few details that would help going from side back to hooks in back control. The other students were great, the gym was great, and best of all there is a massive drawing of Rickson hanging up on the main wall overlooking the mats – awesome!