Monkeys in a Barrel
The last few weeks have been a learning process of a different kind. Instead of getting my butt kicked by my teammates, I’ve been teaching kids classes at one of the MMA gyms I train at. My coach asked me and a fellow blue belt to step in and help him handle the teaching load, so I’m teaching every Wednesday. And guess what I’m using?
That’s right…Gracie Bullyproof.
So far, so good. Bullyproof is an awesome way to involve the kids, teach and have fun…but one thing it doesn’t cover is how to keep a barrel of monkeys in line. That’s the challenge: make a class fun while maintaining structure and discipline. So far all of the kids in the class are under 10 and there are way more girls than boys. I’ve learned a lot about how to maintain order, but I’m not gonna lie; it’s a little challenging. Which is why I’m enjoying it.
I’m working on a new gi review format that I think will really turn some heads. I can’t wait to post my next gi review…should be sometime around the end of June.
On another note, I feel like yammering a little about my life outside of jiu-jitsu.
My Seven Levels of Nerdiness
First, I should disclose that I am not only a martial arts nerd, but also a music nerd, a theater nerd, a computer nerd, a dance nerd, a cooking nerd, an anime nerd and a book nerd. That make seven levels of nerdiness (I could go higher but seven is a nice nerdy number). Don’t worry; today I’m only going to tell you a little about my music and theater nerdiness.
I LOVE finding new music and learning to appreciate it. It’s rare that I will pass judgement on music until I’ve had time to digest it and understand it. I dig most genres, but I am a HUGE classical music nerd (give me a tune and I’ll give you the piece, composer and movement), a classic jazz enthusiast, and an indie rock enthusiast. I dig everything from folk to bluegrass to trip-hop & electronica, but those three genres top my list.
I’m leading up to showing you some music…just give me a sec.
For some reason I naturally gravitate toward music from Europe. A good percentage of my favorite indie artists are Scottish. And I lately, I have really, really started to like a group called Frightened Rabbit. These guys are just phenomenal. I put a few songs that I like a Grooveshark playlist to share in this post. If you don’t like it, that’s fine. It’s not everyone’s bag of tea. I try not to criticize other people’s musical tastes.
Although, I secretly pity people who don’t try to expand their tastes, much the same as I pity people who refuse to try sushi.
Theater Is For Nerds. Cool Ones.
OK, now on to theater. We have a great community theater…devoid of the snobbishness and nepotism that afflicts lots of community organizations. I have not trained much in the last month, because I’m watching kids in the evenings while my wife rehearses a production of Oliver! (The exclamation point is part of the title, not a sign of my enthusiasm.) It will be nice when that is over and I can go back to regular training, but I am more than happy to support Alina in her hobbies since she is so supportive of BJJ.
My wife and I are part of the company’s new a comedy improve troupe called Improvinators. We use a superhero vs. super villain theme to drive show’s format, and we’ve been rehearsing for a few months now. Public shows start this weekend, and I’m pumped. The public screenings have been really successful – there are some funny, funny cats in our group.
There is also a 50/50 male to female ratio in our troupe, which is awesome. Usually men dominate comedy improv, but the ladies in our troupe rock. They are really, really good; we’ve had lots of comments on how impressed people are with the quality of the lady improv artists.
So, yeah. Total nerdy thing to do. But I love it.
And now you know a little more about what I do outside of BJJ.
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