So I went to my first women’s open mat yesterday, up in Corona– it was quite an experience for me.
First of all, I’ve never been around so many women who do BJJ outside of a tournament. That in and of itself was weird for me– lately I’ve been around SO MANY MEN all the time that the estrogen of the moment kind of rocked me. I was a little thrown by the fact that no one was farting or making poop jokes, although I certainly appreciated it.
I felt really out of place at first– everyone was in a Gracie Barra gi, and I was sitting there with my Atos and Galvao patches, feeling like I was in enemy territory– the competition mindset is overwhelming me right now, I suppose. I love my training partners at the gym, but when we’re on the mat, they are the enemy. But all these women– they just wanted to be friends, and that’s pretty awesome.
I am so used to the high-pressure environment at Atos that I totally forgot what it’s like to roll at a lesser intensity. I got to try out some things I’ve been working on, only to discover that they actually work on people who are my size. Shock, horror!
I had a lot of fun, and being there made me realize that I really want to teach women how to do BJJ. Not just how to do BJJ, but how to be aggressive and strong and all the other good things that I’ve learned at Atos. I hope that someday I have the opportunity to teach :/ Until then… more women’s open mats!