My ribs continue to heal. I feel a little bit better each day…Or, at least, that’s what I tell myself. I felt bad for the instructor, since I was the only one to show up for the 6:35pm beginner class. I’m not sure how he felt with only one student, and an injured one at that, but I tried to take advantage of the situation as much as possible. He ended up showing about twice as many techniques as he would have in a normal class. Luckily, I have a pretty decent memory, but it was a lot to take in. On the other hand, I love the opportunity that a one on one class presents for asking specific questions related to my own personal progress. I told him about how, a few classes back, someone escaped from my triangle attempt, so he gave me some pointers on the setup, as well as suggestions for a few transitions from there. My other problem is trying to deal with people who grab my ankle as I attempt stand up in their guard. He gave me some simple strategies for that as well. It should definitely help. He asked me if I was ok to spar, and I said it was fine as long as we went slow. He offered to go at about 60%, which I very much appreciated. Going slower, and with less power, offered me the opportunity to think through my moves, since many of them are not automatic for me at this point. Even going slow, it still pushed me to the limits of my tolerance for discomfort. The pain and discomfort to my side notwithstanding, the chance to work one on one with someone of my instructor’s caliber is always worth it.

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