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Ouch!

The boys and I went to grappling class this Saturday, for the first time in a while. It showed :)
Our school does grappling in an hour-long block, starting with about 20 minutes of position rounds. In these rounds, you’re not allowed to actually force your opponent to submit, and we usually use those times to practice. I was rollin’ with Jerry, who is about my height but quite a bit stronger, so I was a bit tired by the time we got done with that part of the class. Next, we do 15 minutes or so of instruction and drill; the instructor will teach a move or technique, and we’ll partner up and practice it. Missing this has hurt my performance the most, because I’ve fallen behind in my technical knowledge. This was well demonstrated when we went to the final part of the class: freestyle grappling, with submissions not only allowed but encouraged. In my first round, Adam (who’s about my build but a bit shorter) tapped me out twice. In my second round, I managed to prevent my opponent from submitting me, but that was because it was my son Tom :) I hope to do better next week.

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Fight Class

One of the things I like best about the martial arts school we attend is that they offer a variety of elective classes. In reality, some of these electives are actually required for advancement beyond a certain rank. For example, to earn a black belt, you have to show proficiency in several grappling and striking techniques that aren’t taught in the basic curriculum. Coincidentally, these electives are usually lots of fun; the boys and I really like the Saturday sparring and grappling classes. There’s also a “Fight Class” elective that offers fewer restrictions: strikes to the legs, groin, and head are permitted, and so are some types of takedowns and ground fighting. The class is only open to students age 13 and over, so David and I have been going for the last two weeks. It’s a blast! It’s really energizing to get in the ring and apply what I’ve been learning for the last year or so. David and I have had fun sparring with each other, and it’s fun for me to show him that youth and enthusiasm are no match for old age and treachery.

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A fun date: gun defense class

I’d signed up for a Krav Maga-based gun defense class at our martial arts school. It sounded like a fun way to spend an afternoon, and indeed it was– all the more so because, at the last minute, Arlene decided to join me! Instead of a typical date, we spent four hours pointing training guns at each other, then taking them away with a variety of strikes, blocks, and pins. She was definitely better at most of the techniques than I was, as we found out during the stress-based testing. It was definitely a different way to spend time together (and sorry about accidentally hitting you in the nose, honey!)

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