This started as a blog about training together as a family, in part to inspire other women & families to get involved. As female participation in jiu jitsu has increased, as we have grown as athletes and as we learned that families training together aren’t such an anomaly, the blog has evolved. Jen gets personal with posts on ambition, challenges & achievements in BJJ, CrossFit & with nutrition, while Tom's posts are more educational, informative and analytical in regards to training. On occasion you may hear from the kids.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Sprawl Lord Vader

Marcelo asked Jen to teach the kids class while he is in Boston competing. I was able to get off work early and made it in time to help her. Darin another blue belt and father of one of the kids also helped out. You would think that three instructors would be overkill for a kids class but the little ones need a lot of supervision. They knew Marcelo was away so they tend to act a little more rowdy than usual. Jen worked with the older kids, Darin worked with his son and another little one while I had Hunter and Gabriel. We were focusing on take downs, however, Gabriel would assume some sort of kung fu posture and then run away from Hunter. It almost looked like a game of tag rather than jiu jitsu. To keep them from running all over the place, I picked one small portion of the mat and told them they could not step out of that area or they would fall into hot lava. I addressed Gabriel as Anakin Skywalker and Hunter as Obi Wan. This was their final duel, who ever got taken down was thrown into the hot lava. Gabriel could not believe that I knew his favorite part of the movie. For the rest of the class it was: Sprawl Lord Vader! Take him down Obi Wan! May the force be with you.
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