Hi all! Coming to you from NY and sorry for not having posted in a bit. IVF is going well-- surgery is scheduled for tomorrow morning to remove the eggs, hooray! My ovaries are each about softball-sized right now and I'm feeling like I ate two Thanksgivings. Oy! So after this, I will go home and recover, and take some super-serious anti-immune-problem medications, and prepare for an embryo transfer in a month or three. (In the meantime my embryos will be vitrified at the lab.)
In the meantime, I'm going to take a huge risk and post a comment here on my blog regarding something I read elsewhere which was brought to my attention by a friend. I couldn't comment on the original site (maybe I'm just dense, couldn't find the comment spot!)
The post is here: http://gi3girls.com/2012/06/im-a-bjj-practitionerand-a-girl/. By the way, congrats to Jen, the author, on her brown belt which is well-earned and deserved.
Here's my comment.. whose responsibility is it to protect training partners in that situation?
And here's my thought: while the person who launched into some kind of flying kimura was clearly taking things too far... and while it sucks to be promoted right before Mundials especially via a tough-as-nails belt challenge like this... it's ALWAYS ultimately OUR responsibility to protect OURSELVES by tapping. (Not that Jen could have tapped in time given the description of that flying kimura! but perhaps she could have tapped in many other rolls after that?) As soon as you are injured, you tap. There are no points for "winning" in the academy. There is only learning. If people allow their pride and determination to continue to force themselves into positions where they worsen their injuries, that is THEIR fault because training partners can't be expected to read their mind.