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How did you feel after your first grappling/MA lesson?

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How did you feel after your first grappling/MA lesson?

Just had my first Shootjitsu/BJJ session, and feel VERY humbled and frustrated at my lack of ability!

I feel quite down about it actually, almost as if I should have shown more initiative, especially in the sparring afterwards.

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    odog
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    RE: How did you feel after your first grappling/MA lesson? 2007/06/16 17:38:18 (permalink)
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    yeah same. did some grappling with former cage rage champ whos 5 stone lighter he could submit me at will even tho i was much stronger than him. its so hard to learn and technical.
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    RE: How did you feel after your first grappling/MA lesson? 2007/06/16 18:08:47 (permalink)
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    Having had a man 'mount' me for the first time I felt very confused and not at all sure I should have been paying him !

    Joking aside I felt as if I'd discovered a new world, back then everyone was a bit overly excited about grappling what with the Gracie's winning everything in sight.

    Dont worry about it Knighty mate, it's a bit of a shock to the system at first, you will soon get into it

    No biggie like, there are a lot worse things for you than using steroids, I mean I probably shouldn't have been smoking crack or getting into bar fights at your age TBH  - drab4

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    RE: How did you feel after your first grappling/MA lesson? 2007/06/17 03:08:48 (permalink)
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    your find losing is a good thing, because you learn from it.

    theres no better way to learn IMO



    Psalm 144:1 - Blessed be the Lord my strength, which teacheth my hands to war, and my fingers to fight.

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    RE: How did you feel after your first grappling/MA lesson? 2007/06/17 10:44:55 (permalink)
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    very humbled as well as totally and utterly knackered. i think i vomitted after. Took me several lessons to give up on the try and power thruogh everything and learn to keep calm and use a little amount of power as possible and more technique.

    The fight is won or lost far away from witnesses - behind the lines, in the gym, and out there on the road, long before I dance under those lights.



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    RE: How did you feel after your first grappling/MA lesson? 2007/06/17 16:24:56 (permalink)
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    I felt frustrated to say the least.

    I think if my fitness was more "top notch" I would have given a better go, the first person was easier, but I soon became shattered, we then moved onto 4 other grappling opponents who were used to the fitness and the techniques. I did enjoy it though.
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    RE: How did you feel after your first grappling/MA lesson? 2007/06/17 17:04:06 (permalink)
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    ORIGINAL: Knighty

    Just had my first Shootjitsu/BJJ session, and feel VERY humbled and frustrated at my lack of ability!

    I feel quite down about it actually, almost as if I should have shown more initiative, especially in the sparring afterwards.


    Exactly what do you think was the problem? Was it psychological or did you just underestimate your own abilities?

    I come from a boxing background but I'm going to start some BJJ/ Wrestling sessions sometime within the next month and I'd be interested to know what kind of things surprised you that you didn't think would.

    Don't get too depressed about it mate. You're only starting out. Even the very best take a hiding at some point, it's good to get all your hidings out of the way early on. It takes a long time to master any combat sport, the key is not to quit.
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    RE: How did you feel after your first grappling/MA lesson? 2007/06/17 17:24:25 (permalink)
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    great post, i started shooto a month ago and fell like sick after a lot still, i did once. no big deal as it always happens and the main thing is to keep going, i stopped going for a while and it didnt go down well whereas if im stuggling its cool as im still doing what i can. it definatly opens ur eyes if u kinda think ur handy and a fella way smaller gets you into submission. these people trained hard for years so of course they should but the main thing is to keep going, something i need to do :-) myself

    my fitness is a disgrace as well, id do naything to give up smoking, got down from 120 a week to 20 (max) but still havent got rid of them :-(
    post edited by rollo - 2007/06/17 17:25:42
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    RE: How did you feel after your first grappling/MA lesson? 2007/06/17 21:08:49 (permalink)
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    ORIGINAL: Knighty

    Just had my first Shootjitsu/BJJ session, and feel VERY humbled and frustrated at my lack of ability!

    I feel quite down about it actually, almost as if I should have shown more initiative, especially in the sparring afterwards.



    I felt exactly the same, its a whole different world down on the ground, and one that takes a long time to learn. Thats why there arnt too many BJJ black belts around compared to other martial arts like judo/karate/etc. Give it time, and learn from your mistakes. Keep asking questions and learning everything you are told, then try and put that into practice when you are sparring.
    Remember its technique over strength/power everytime.

    What helped me also was getting a few instructional DVD's/books, just so that I could widen the range of techniques in my head, and then quite often I try them out in practice and can pull the moves off.
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    RE: How did you feel after your first grappling/MA lesson? 2007/06/17 21:17:05 (permalink)
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    had my 1st judo session last week

    was humbling getting tossed around by a 15 year old weighing about 65kg!

    frankly i found the sensation of being tossed around and then lying on my back very unusual- as well as scary. my neck muscles were working overtime stopping my head banging the floor too! felt a bit dizzy too

    didn;t do much actual ground work- but im sure what we felt is normal!
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    RE: How did you feel after your first grappling/MA lesson? 2007/06/19 11:00:08 (permalink)
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    The sparring was only light because of a bit my funny arm at the moment, it was literally just them talking me through things, which was nice, but I got reprimanded for trying to use too much upper body strength, and that if I came up against the more experienced guys they'd tear me apart...wtf?! Tell me something I don't already know!

    I was looking at Ken Shamrock's book actually, thought it might be of some benefit to me

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    RE: How did you feel after your first grappling/MA lesson? 2007/06/21 00:05:22 (permalink)
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    For me when i went for the first time i'd say it was more admiration and me being impressed at how easy the body can be manipluated from almost any postion.

    Also don't worry about getting submitted at first, just work on defence and survival then work on getting into dominant postions for the first 6 month then the submissions will come. Work on your basic guard passing and holding your closed/open guard, they are very important to learn at first

    Try looking for something like a cesar gracie instructional.
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