Didn't want to get up for Sunday morning training today.
I had a good excuse. I just got back from New Orleans Friday night. 20 hr. days,little water,high heat, no training of any sort for 2 weeks.
But I love it. So I got my lazy a$$ out of bed and went.
Just walking in and seeing the guys made me feel great. And I was glad to have decided to get out of the bed.
And we rolled. And we rolled. And we rolled some more.
I felt great. I tapped all of the white belts, suprised a couple of blue belts and submitted them, and gave three others a good go, although I fell into the same trap 2 out of three times and was submitted
Then I rolled with my teacher. He would take defensive positions and give me openings of various lengths of time and see if I saw them and if I did see them, if I could try to capitalize. Then he would easily move me around and take an offensive position and see how well I would work out of it. EXHAUSTING!
Then without any ceremony, or fanfare (which is the way I have always done with my own students) he gave me my blue belt!
I am no prodigy in BJJ. That belt took 13 months with 4 lessons per week, including private instruction
But it sure does feel good.
I have always used the white belt and black belt only system for my own students. Having received my black belt a very long time ago, I had forgotten the the feeling of having a new piece of colored cloth around your waist.
Once again I question if a simple thing like colored belts can be a useful training tool/motivator