Tonight’s class was definitely not dull. A blue belt got choked unconscious by a purple belt, and a white belt got promoted to blue belt. Oh…did I mention that someone got choked unconscious? Don’t worry! It rarely happens. Most people tap long before they go to sleep, but every once in a while, the choke comes on too fast, or the person is too stubborn to tap. As long as the person applying the choke lets go of the choke right away, it doesn’t do any permanent harm. Usually, the person regains consciousness within a matter of seconds. I’ve never been choked unconscious myself, although I’ve come close to passing out on previous occasions. However, I’m told that it is quite painless. In any case, it is kind of freaky the first time you see it happen to someone. The white belt that got promoted seemed very moved by his advancement to blue belt. He has been consistently training for a little over two years, and has a really good closed guard game. His foot locks are very good as well. Jiu jitsu is an incredibly difficult art to master, and the emotional highs and lows of training can be just as challenging as the physical demands placed on your body. It takes a certain amount of grit and determination to stick with it, even for a few months, let alone a few years. For me, I consider it an accomplishment each time I make it through another class, win, lose or draw.

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