Zebra status!

Today I got a couple stripes on my white belt! Talk about a surprise!

I started doing jujitsu about four years ago, and then I started having issues with my shoulder. So I trained for a bit under a year, and then had to take time off. I got shoulder surgery and I ended up needing about 2.5 years off, because I am a slow healer or something. But I’ve been going to class again for a couple of months. I’m really surprised to get stripes because I don’t know a lot of things. I need a lot of work on sweeps and takedowns in particular. I’m still quite weak as well. Just the other day I was very proud of myself for being able to do pushups again (I only managed 8 pushups today, but I did 20 in a row recently).

After all of this time its nice to have gotten something, even if it is really just a couple pieces of tape. In a little over a month I’ll move away and have to start at another school, and its a little disappointing at this point. I’ve grown to really enjoy the people I’ve been training with, but I’m sure the next group will be great as well.

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Progress Report

On Friday I did 20 pushups in a row which is pretty crazy since I didn’t know I could do more than 10 and wasn’t super sure I could even do 10 without being in pain later. But I did it! And Im still sore!

My goal for the past month or so was to start running again, but to be honest I didn’t run even once. In jujitsu we run in circles to warm up so actually I run for a total of about 5 minutes per week so I think thats good enough. My goal is to run a 5k in under 30 minutes. If I can do that, then I will be able to get more out of jujitsu classes too, so its a win-win.

I have been taking time off from climbing for a few months now, and I think I accomplished what I needed to on that front. Climbing was hard on my shoulder but now that I can do pushups and all I think I’m almost ready to get back to it. Im excited for that, but also nervous. Thats because I’m moving, and so Im going to start bouldering after I move and I intend on somehow making friends that way. I figure worst case I get really good at bouldering if I can’t make friends…