Tonight was Thomas’ first night back to Little Ninjas after the holidays. After I got him dressed in his jiu jitsu outfit, he noticed that I wasn’t wearing any socks. When he asked why, I told him that daddy didn’t need to wear socks because daddy was big and tough. After that, Thomas decided that he too didn’t need to wear socks. Sometimes, you don’t even realize the effect your words have on your kids! I told him that it was cold outside, but he insisted on wearing his flip flops, because he was big and tough too, just like daddy. I told him he was little and tough, but he proudly insisted that he was big too. Then, he asked me how long it would take for him to be as big as daddy, and I told him it would take another ten years. Anyway, I made sure he wore his winter jacket, so he could stay warm. I noticed my neck and shoulder pain completely disappears while I’m working out. However, despite asking my partners to go easy on my ribs, I think I aggravated them during sparring (not because any of my partners smashed them, but because of all the twisting and turning). Still, it was somewhat of a confidence booster going against the brand new guy. He was a rather strong wrestler, which is presumably why he was allowed to spar on the first night. However, he made all of the rookie mistakes that nearly everyone makes when they’re new to BJJ, and I was easily able to dominate him, switching between front and back mount for a good portion of the match. Even though he was able to use his wrestling skills at one point to escape my mount and get on top, it was like jumping out of the frying pan into the fire for him, as I was able to secure a textbook triangle choke and make him tap. If only it were so easy with the more experienced guys…

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