BUT... I trained.
The warmup was short and sweet so I didn't hardly break a sweat. Darren, the visiting instructor, started under Donald as a whitebelt and has absorbed soooo much of his delightful teaching style and technique, yet makes it his own. So class, from a content and delivery perspective, was just wonderful... chock full of detail that makes sense, entertainingly explained and memorable... and I had a great drilling partner, a brownbelt guy I've been training with since I was a whitebelt. And lots of people had big ol' grins and hugs for me.
The actual techniques?
- Takedown: a snatch single-leg and how to defeat the standard counter
- Cross side to NS to two armbars
- NS, the pummel counter to a papercutter
- NS, they counter your pummel counter, to a shoulderlock
I am so happy to be back.
I think I'm a sucker for positive reinforcement, and I got a little bit last night. Makes me want more.
So I'm going back tonight. Thanks, peeps, for the encouragement. I'm sure I'll need it again and often.