I’ve removed last night’s post.
I’m still bitter. Tanner got his nose checked out: it’s a confirmed hair-line fracture on the bridge. I’ve suffered a minor sprain to the wrist and a tweaked trapezius that kept me up all of last night. We’ll both heal. Injuries are a part of the sport. This is why I train my neck.
It’s hard to not take it personally. It feels like all my past experience and hard work is belittled. I couldn’t care less what my rank is, but I feel it should be relative to those in the same club. I do care that I got outranked with the pretense of past experience. My past experience and cross-training netted two ranks, not four. Everyone has complimented me on how much my ground game has progressed since going back to BJJ. I get my recognition verbally from training partners.
Instead of being upset and feeling slighted I should probably feel happy. Last night was a night of huge accomplishments. I finally got a good yama arashi. I’ve been working for that throw for two years. Tim explained foot sweeps in a way that instantly connected. For the last five years I’ve been cheating foot sweeps and always doing them as hooks (gari vs. gake in judo). It was probably the thing that made my style most like wrestling, and being able to do both will make my style more “judo” than anything else. I’ll be focusing on foot-sweeps for stand-up for the next couple of months to work on the skill. It’ll be rough leaving sacrifice throws, arm throws, and hip throws at the door for a month or two to improve my judo instead of my wrestling.
Techniques for March: ko uchi gari, o uchi gari, o soto gari, ko soto gari, de ashi harai, okuri ashi harai, ashi guruma, o guruma, yama arashi.