Tonight was not too strenuous. The instructor opened the floor for questions. I always try to have a question ready to go for such moments, since it’s always beneficial to ask a black belt about techniques and strategies. On a side note, I must say that the more I work with female practitioners of Jiu Jitsu, which has been more of a regular occurrence since coming to the advanced classes, I have really been blown away by how effective they can be. I have studied quite a few martial arts, and have known some talented female martial artists, but (with rare exceptions) I never felt like their technique would withstand the onslaught of a larger male opponent. I felt this problem was particularly noticeable in the striking arts. In my opinion, Jiu Jitsu is the only martial art (with the possible exception of Judo) that does not give women a false sense of security in this regard. All of the female BJJ blue belts that I have sparred with have been every bit as challenging as the male blue belts. I’m not taking it easy on them, either. In fact, I can’t take it easy on them, or I would get submitted in a heartbeat! The reason I find this so inspirational is that I’m not the biggest, most muscular guy in the world. When I was younger, I could compensate for this deficiency primarily with speed and powerful kicks. Now, I’m not so fast, and not as confident that I could kick my way out of a bad spot. The best way for me to prevail in an altercation now is to use the same tactics that the women and smaller guys use: timing and leverage.