She looks over to me and our eyes meet for a second. I tell her to do what we just worked on. She instantly throws a punch to distract Susan and dives in for a takedown that sends Susan to the mat just as time ends. I congratulate everyone in the room and give them a high five. They are all visibly tired and sip on some water. We all tell
them we are proud of them and finish with a low bow to end the practice. I am very happy for all my students and I appreciate how Natasha remembered how to execute the move I showed her earlier, using not just her power, but utilizing technique to get Susan to the ground and finish her match on a positive note. 12 PM Ages 3-5 second session. 3 hours Date observed 9/15/18 Today is a particularly special session for our dojo. Today we have a professional mixed martial arts veteran and Jiu jitsu Phenom teaching the class today. His name is Ronaldo “Jacare” Sosa and he hails from Brazil and is one of the top five best middleweight fighters in the world. He has held many World Championship titles from many prestigious fight organizations. Our Sensei Dave is the owner of the gym and reached out to Jacare himself to ask if he could come in and train us. As a result everybody is very serious and respectful. Only two kids are attending this seminar today, one is Tyler and another is his 10 year old brother Shawn. Since I am only a white belt and everybody else seems to have picked their training partners I am left to practice with the kids. I do not mind this at all. I’m a pretty small person so it makes it fairer. I notice that both Tyler and Shawn are very serious about this lesson. They have both been training for a good amount of time now so they know what is expected of them and remain attentive and patient throughout the practice. I admire the amount of self-control both of these kids have. When I think back to when I was a kid I couldn’t stay still and pay attention if my life depended on it. On a few occasions the kids were able to memorize certain motions that lead up to completing a move better than I could. I of course am more experienced and pick up on certain motions easier than some Tyler. Shawn however has a strong ability to remember how a move is performed after practicing it only one time. It’s quite amazing how people learn at different rates and how children can learn some things at a quicker rate than an adult. 1:30 PM This session with Jacare is particularly long because we all paid to get this special seminar. At one point Tyler and I are working a way to transition into an arm bar. Tyler was on top of me and was not holding onto me in a way so that I could practice the move. So Jacare came over and using his limited English skills showed Tyler the correct position to be in. Jacare talked to Tyler in a serious tone but smiled right after so we all knew that he wasn’t yelling at us. Tyler got into position and I transition my legs to complete the move. Unfortunately I wasn’t safe from Jacare’s criticism either and he
grabbed me by my Gi to move me into a better position.
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