This post is short and is about a challenged I faced last night and decided to share with my blog. I wish I had visual representation to accompany this story but you will just have to imagine!
Last night, I experienced one of my toughest days in Taekwondo! Today is the day we grappled. What does grappling mean? Well it means your opponent sits on top of your waist while you are laying down. (Quick background the instructor for tonight has studied Jui Jitsu for a long time and is a black belt as well as a 4th degree black belt in Taekwondo.)
So we went over how to escape a grapple. Ladies with ladies and men with men. Then at the end of class he looked at the three women and said "who wants to grapple with me?" Of course I said "I Will! " I know the odds are not in my favor- I have no experience in Jui Jitsu, I am a solid 133 and he is probably a solid 180 to 200 and something. But I learned something new and I wanted to test my skills against a real opponent (The other two ladies were awesome but in a real life situation I would probably be going up against a man who is more than likely bigger than me physically. Although, my attacker probably would not have 10+ years of experience with Jui Jitsu. Ok back to the story).
I lay down on the ground and he sits on top of me... And then it begins! So after a lifetime of trying to get him off of me, with him just sitting and laying on top of me (thankfully no punches, I couldn't even imagine) for let's say 5 minutes, I finally give up. He said I did great, everyone in the class said I did great and even though I failed to get him off I feel great on the inside because physically my body feels as though I've been hit by a truck.
I have two points to make.
1. Ladies please participate in basic self defense!
2. There are times you have to fail in front of everyone before you can truly succeed!
Guess who invited me to come to his Jui Jitsu class? My instructor. And would you like to guess who will be learning Jui Jitsu in the near future? Me. I rather know the basics and be on an even battle ground than to be defeated because I lack the knowledge.