Enter The Danny: Round 8


"Shida Kichinosuke said, 'At first it is an oppressive thing to run until one is breathless.  But it is an extraordinarily good feeling when one is standing around after the running.'"  From The Hagakure: The Way of the Samurai

At the beginning of each class, Tony has all of the students line up against the wall of the gym, where we bow to him, and he bows to us.  Then he makes his way down the line, bumping fists with each of us and collecting our attendance cards.  Sometimes he'll crack a joke or two with some of the guys.  Last night when he bumped my fist, he asked, "What night are we up to?"  Night eight.  "Are you learning anything?"  I think so!  "Learning how to tap, right?"  That one made me laugh.

Yesterday, Lubbock broke a weather record - the most days over 100 degrees within a single year.  The previous record was 29 days, set in 1934.  Yesterday was the thirtieth day so far this year, with many more unfortunately predicted.  As I mentioned in the first post of Enter The Danny, Blackbelt Universe has no air conditioning.  Yesterday's class might have been the sweatiest hour of my life.  No exaggeration - I weighed myself before and after class, and there was nearly five pounds difference.

My training partner last night was Chad, the same guy who I worked with on Night 4.  We spent the class working on further techniques from the half guard, including knee bars and working your way out of the guard and into a full-mount position.

Sparring time started earlier than usual last night, and went later, so that there was about 25 minutes of sparring in all.  Tony usually has us switch partners partway through, but he was practicing with one of his assistant instructors last night, so Chad and I spent the full time together.  I've definitely still got my weaknesses, but I'm also beginning to discover a few very reliable strengths, namely my height and my legs.

I've always had pretty strong legs, and I'm finding that I can break my way out of nearly any hold as long as I can get them under me and stand up.  Sometimes that's much harder than it sounds, but that's where the height comes into play.  The extra height gives me some added leverage that comes in handy when I'm breaking loose.  I've even kind of developed a go-to move using that advantage.  As long as I can reasonably control my opponent's legs, I can get to a standing position, flip them into a prone position, and go into the neck hold that I had success with on night 4.

When both of us had wrestled so much that we couldn't go any more, we got a drink, and Chad complimented me on my improvement over last time we'd worked together.  Then he told me to look at the results of the June tournament on the website when I got home.  "The name at the bottom, in last place?  That's me.  But I get better every time I come, and you are, too."


Ali said...

ok. love chad's attitude.

also? an hour of sweaty men wrestling with each other? *12-year-old juvenile humor removed by user*

also? you said "full-mount." *12-year-old juvenile humor NOT removed by user*

Danny said...

He's a good guy, Chad is.

I'm embarrassed for you right now, Ali. If you are going to take my honest descriptions of pressing my sweat-slicked body against the muscles of my multi-ethnic classmates, wrapping them firmly between my thighs while they enclose me in their arms, and turn them into something juvenile, well... um, where was I going with that?

Ali said...

i would write something to keep up this completely juvenile banter, but i'm laughing to hard to focus.

Ali said...

"too hard" not "to hard." obviously, i was laughing too hard to think, too. i need your comment readers to know i'm not illiterate.

Danny said...

What I like the most is that you returned nearly 15 minutes later to make the correction.

Ali said...

I THOUGHT THAT, TOO! get out of my head, holwerda! i can't remember what distracted me, but i thought, "what a nerd i am that i'm PROOFREADING this long after the fact." oh, and while writing my follow-up comment, i almost made the exact same to/too typo.

i have issues.

they may require medication.

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