I hit up both fundamentals and advanced class tonight. Its crazy to think how far I have come in my BJJ journey. We had a white belt taking his 3rd or 4th class stick around for advanced class tonight. In fundamentals we worked a drill series Closed Guard -> Sit up sweep -> Kimura & Guillotine.
All of these movements were new to him and since we had such a small group tonight we invited him to stay for the advance class to keep working those moves. We spent the last 40 minutes of advanced class just rolling 4 minute rounds. Our newbie was brave enough to give rolling a go and we told him noone would submit him but to go ahead and try the moves he just learned if he got the opportunity.
Even though he was young (20ish), strong, and appeared to be in pretty decent shape…he struggled to get through 4 mins of rolls. Eventually he took the 1 round in – 1 round off approach and looking around the room he told me before one of our rolls that he could not fathom how we all had any gas in our tanks.
What I told him is similar to how I feel about fitness in general, what he is seeing is a people that have been working on this reguarly for several years and have grown accustomed to being able to work. What he is not seeing is the struggle that each of us had to endure, exactly how he is struggling now. It is crazy to think that he will be able to achieve the same level as us in a few classes just as it would be crazy to think that you could get that perfect body in just a few weeks.
His biggest concern was his cardio. I told him fight cardio is much different than cardio, it involves knowing when to rest, when to explode, and how to conserve energy. It is not as simple as going out and running wind sprints and tabata intervals to improve the cardio on the mat. BJJ requires you to use all of your muscles, most importantly your brain, in order to survive and thrive.
I think this is what has kept my interest and fueled my desire to get better over the years.