People often feel embarrassed when they feel intimidated by something, or the lack of knowledge they have for a certain subject. This goes for everyone, including myself. In my life there have been many things that I haven’t had a great understanding for, but when it came to my first ju-jitsu class I felt like I was up a river with no paddle.
My brother John and I are very close and disgustingly competitive with each other. We’re the type of competitive brothers that have to be better than the other one in everything and every way we do something. It could be who can run faster, hit harder, or even eat more. Anything that involves contact has always been where the biggest competitors come out in us because our whole family loves contact sports. My brother and I have watched boxing and mixed martial arts for years and would always spar each other and wrestle around.
A little over a year ago he started training to fight and his main discipline was Brazilian ju-jitsu. He started attending an academy in Boardman that offered both ju-jitsu classes with gi’s and classes that focused more on various techniques of fighting such as kickboxing wrestling and muay thai. So it wasn’t long after he started that the competition between us started about that could be better or chokes the other one out faster.
At first, I was very anxious about going to the academy to attend class with my brother because I didn’t really know a lot about the specific way of doing things. At that time I had only read about it and watched it live on television or videos of it. I felt I had to make an immediate impact because of the level of competition between us. If a went in and flopped or looked like a deer in head lights I knew my brother would be all over me with all the trash talk. In essence I was putting an enormous amount of pressure on myself before I even got there.
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Finally the day came when John drug me to class and see who was really better. Even though John had about a 2 month head start on me, I still thought the advantage was mine because quicker of the two brothers. That doesn’t’ exactly mean I had all the confidence in the world he was still 2 inches taller than me and had about 40 pounds on me.
My heart was racing from the adrenaline, and the anxiety began to build when the class started with everyone stretching. After that, we began a quick jog to get warmed up and ready to go. For the most part everyone seemed to be laid back and joking around, but that didn’t put me at east one bit. In all reality it made me a little more nervous because I didn’t want to make myself look like a food around a bunch of funny guys.
One of the instructors told everybody it was time to get class started and everyone gathered around in a circle to watch the first move get demonstrated. There were a few new people there and the instructor, Tony, acknowledged this by starting with a pretty simple submission, a triangle choke. Once he began demonstrating it my nerves started to calm down because I knew had to do this one from messing around with John at his house. Tony told everyone to pick a partner and do it ten times, making each faster and faster.
So, of course I picked my brother as my partner, and I let him go first. Now, even though we were just practicing, that didn’t mean he was going to go easy on me at all. The first few times he went slow, showing me the little things that make the choke tighter and smoother. Then he started to pull it off in real speed and it’s probably one of the worst feelings in the world when you know all the blood in your brain is being cut off again and again.
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When my turn came to drill the triangle choke I went through all the steps in my head as I was doing it. My brain was trying to remember everything including, “Pull the head down, grab an arm, put one arm outside your legs, put opposite leg across John’s shoulders, wrap my opposite leg on my own leg, scoot my hips away, put his own arm across his throat, and finally squeeze my legs down until he taps.” Over and over I repeated all the steps in my head until the last two or three times when it just became one solid movement. I noticed Tony had been watching me drill the choke and complemented me in a way by saying, “John you better watch out, little Tadpole’s already better than you.” John shockingly returned with, “I noticed, he’s a pretty quick learner.” Of course he couldn’t let it go away like that he added, “But I let him have all those chokes I have to at least let him learn something before I wipe the mat with him.”
As the day continued we drilled a few more moves and takedowns with each one easing my anxiety and letting the competition between John and I take over. We started to have fun like normal, cracking jokes and making fun of one another. People ragged on John more and more as the day went on and everyone noticed that I had loosened up. I, taking on the role as the little brother, egged it on as much as I could. The day winded down and everyone packed up there gear and before each left they all shook my hand and told me they hoped to see me soon that I had a lot of raw talent.
Overall, I felt pretty good about what had happened that day because I was so nervous I would look like an idiot in front of a bunch of people who had been doing this for almost 10 years. As the day progressed my nerves became less and less of a factor, I just started to become comfortable with the situation and people. I think everyone is nervous when they start doing something they’ve never done before, but with a little time and the right people anyone can feel comfortable in no time. It only took me about 2 hours to feel right at home in a place and an environment I had never experienced before. I think back now and laugh at myself for being so scared about going simply because I wasn’t very knowledgeable of it.
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