Last night after an intense CrossFit session, I rushed across the (large!) Bladium gym complex to attend my first no-gi Brazilian jiu-jitsu ("BJJ") class. The coach, Diogo, was super helpful and very surprised / excited that I was crazy enough to sign up for a real MMA fight before I even began training. He pledged his support in building up my basic grappling skills, and also in putting together a game-plan for the fight itself.
My first experience grappling was intense, difficult, strenuous, but utterly exhilarating. One of my BJJ classmates, Jay, was kind enough to work with me on the basic technique all the students were learning, both offensively and defensively, all while coaching me on my form and positioning.
Granted, this was only my first class... but I can't shake the feeling that I'm going to be well trained and equipped for victory on Oct. 17th.