I walk into class tonight and the first person I see is Bingo, which is awesome. I got to congratulate him on his promotion to purple belt. He’s a terrific guy, a great training partner and is a big part of the school family. Congrats, Bing!
That was great. Then guys start filing in and it’s all my favorite guys to train with. The guys who just routinely kick my butt. Bill, Thad, Todd, Josh (training for his August 22nd professional MMA debut), Bing and big Mike… along with a great crew of white belts who are all tough guys. So, Friday night is shaping up.
Then James gives me back my ShoYoRoll, all freshly pimped out with club patches sewed on by his mom (who is one of the nicest people around). Thanks, Mrs. Foster! I really appreciate it. It looks awesome and I immediately changed into it to wear it at class. So, all around, I’m feeling great. Cool guys, pimpin’ Super-Lite gi… then it happens.
Rolling with Sam, I get a deep cross collar choke from guard and his nose erupts… all over my awesome, WHITE gi. Bing rolled with Sam before me and caught him repeatedly with what is now called the Roger Gracie choke (because he won all of his matches at the Mundials with it). I got some water on it right away and changed into my other top. Reminded Sam about it multiple times and mentioned that if he wouldn’t stick his finger in his nose all the time, it wouldn’t bleed like that. In all seriousness, I don’t think it’s any big deal… except that it’s my brand new, white gi.
The rest of class was great. Got good rolls with Todd, Thad, Bing, and twice with Josh. I did a lot of tapping, but felt good about my rolls. Josh said he’s worried about my guard pass, doesn’t give me any space anymore and pushes the pace when we roll (not that I ever actually pass his guard). Thad mentioned that my top game is getting tight and that it was noticeably improved over the last 6 months.
So, overall, I feel really good. Oh, and when I got home I used some detergent to pretreat the blood, ran it through the wash and it came out no problem. Catastrophe averted.