Good class last night. The school continues to grow, which is great. Coach Bing is hustling pretty hard to build his school and I’m happy that he’s doing so.
Class yesterday had 13 people06. I’ve been averaging 1 or 2 classes per week, which makes it very difficult to get any kind of momentum. As a result, I’ve gained some weight and my conditioning is really bad.
We had a good warmup and went over a basic mount escape and a basic back escape, and then sparring.
What’s been really cool about having the affiliate school in Covington is that some of the guys who sort of dropped off, largely due to work and family considerations, are finding their way back into the school. Knowing that it’s a Foster BJJ affiliate helps. One of these wayward jitieros is a guy named Darin Zabriskie, who trained at Foster BJJ way back when the school was still in Auburn. He’s a very thoughtful, technical guy, which makes having him back at the school a real pleasure. But what’s really cool is that he’s a certified Muay Thai trainer and has been coaching Muay Thai after the BJJ classes on Mondays and Wednesdays.
Darin trained with Greg Nelson, over in the Midwest, and is a certified Muay Thai instructor under the Thai Boxing Association of America under Ajarn Chai Sirisute. So far, the classes are pretty small, but there’s a lot of interest. I’ve never been too interested in punching people, which is part of why I was drawn to Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. But it looks like a different kind of workout and I might just have to give it a shot.