It has been nearly 2 months since I last posted. A LOT has happened in the interim. Just a few days after my last post, my mom became ill and was transported to the hospital via EMS. She ended up unfortunately passing away on April 21st. I have spent a lot of time recently processing things, emotionally and mentally. I hadn't trained a bit during this time. Have just been focused on family stuff and getting things back on track. The loss of a parent is a world-rocking experience. It is much different than the loss of a grandparent. I am still having good days and bad days. More bad now than good. Time does heal and also puts things in more perspective. Thankfully, I have a great bunch of friends who have really been there for me during all of this. A real blessing.
Recently, I got the itch to get back to training. I also decided the time might be right to consider my options with regard to my training. Last night I went to a different school (a little further away and a little more expensive) and tried a sample class. The school has a very cool vibe and I think I am probably going to join up. Last night, we went over a guard pass, reviewed the kimura (did 2 variations), and then a sweep to be used if someone defends the kimura. Then we rolled. I rolled with the son of the guy teaching last night. 18 year old kid who has been doing martial arts for 10 years and BJJ for about 4. He was very fast and very skilled and I got owned. Although I have been running some during my time away, my cardio was not good. I also noticed my timing is off and I had gotten shaky on a lot of the fundamentals. I literally fell into a triangle choke almost immediately. I stacked him and drove into him, attempting to flip him over, which I did. He immediately transitioned into an armbar and got me, though. The rest of the rolling went pretty much the same way. Felt very much like a newbie but it was good to be back at it.