Today a newcomer showed up at my university’s BJJ club practice. He had trained Hapkido before and had “done some grappling,” so we walked him through the basic positions of jiu-jitsu, gave him the jiu-jitsu spark notes, and then got him rolling.
You see, our club is small and relatively informal. And Thursdays are the most informal day – more of an open mat than anything else. Also, lets be honest: we’re mostly there to roll. But I digress.
I paired him up with John (not his actual name mind). John is probably 5’6″ and all of 140lbs – not a big fellow, but fit and tenacious. He has been training at the club for a couple of months and knew enough to move through the positions, pass the guard, attack from the mount, and the like. I figured it was enough for him to hold his own with Mr. Hapkido, who probably outweighed him by 40 lbs.
Well, I was right and I was wrong.