Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Pedro Sauer Seminar

I can't believe I haven't posted this until now, but:

That's right.  Red and black belt Pedro Sauer is coming to Knoxville on Saturday for a seminar!  So I'm pretty sure there is no women's class, but yeah...this WAAAAYYYYY makes up for it.  Hopefully I'll be there for the morning session, but I might not get out of school in time.  It's not too late to attend, even if you haven't pre-registered!

Monday, August 15, 2011

The weekend that wasn't

Since when were weekends harder than weekdays?  When I'm on Farm Animal Medicine and Surgery, apparently.  This is a rotation that is supposed to be fun, and a lot of it is.  The unfortunate part is that they severely understaff the hospital so the students have to do all treatments, around the clock.  This means our hours suck.  We have to be there from 7 AM to 8 PM minimum every day, to make sure that every treatment from 8 AM to 8 PM is covered (overnight students take over after 8).  And we have to go in at 7 AM every weekend morning, and likely 7 PM weekend nights.  And I also had the luck of staying all of Saturday night into Sunday morning....and then come in again Sunday evening at 7.  Might I mention that I like my sleep? 

So of course BJJ gets kicked to the wayside.  I was hoping that we finished with 8 AM treatments by 9 AM on Saturday morning, so I could easily make it to the 10 AM women's class.  Of course, we didn't finish until after 10, so I showed up more than half an hour late to class.  And then I was so pooped from the week I couldn't stay for regular class after that.  No time/energy for working out, eating decently, grocery shopping, showering...I want my life back. 

On the plus side, I got to castrate a bull calf and do a cosmetic dehorn.  It left my pants looking like I was a serial killer, but it was so much fun! 

Monday, August 8, 2011

Calling all ladies!

Ok, so I guess I should have posted this a week ago.

ATTENTION EAST TENNESSEE LADIES!  Knoxville Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is proud to introduce its brand new Ladies-only BJJ class, held every Saturday morning from 10-11:15 AM.  It is taught by Jessica Martin, a Fabio Santos brown belt from San Diego.  ALL are welcome to attend, even if you train at other schools.  I'm not sure yet about pricing, but we should know more by this weekend and I'll post that info as soon as I know.  Not a lady?  Not near Knoxville?  Tell your friends! Visit the Knoxville BJJ website, Facebook page, or call at 865-951-1392 for more information.

Next, this time in the category of "That actually happened to me": I got recognized at Kroger from my blog.  I was wearing my UT College of Veterinary Medicine scrub top (brown, so the cow poop stains don't show as much) and somebody just came up to me and asked if I was The Grappling Vet!  (Hi, Rebecca!)  I never thought I would get recognized from my blog.  That was pretty cool, AND I found someone in Knoxville who is almost my exact weight!

Ladies' Classes!!!

I know I've been a bit delinquent in updating, but I do have some exciting news.  This Saturday, we finally started a women's BJJ class!  It's being taught by our brown belt, Jess, and I think she did a great job.  It was a small class, just myself and two other ladies, both wives of men who train--one had just started coming in to regular classes the past few weeks, the other had never had a formal class.  It was nice that she could keep it intimate to start, and hopefully make things more comfortable for them.  We started out with a brief warm-up and stretching, then got to the good stuff.  We did armbar from mount and the upa, keeping it basic.  I was her "teaching dummy," and when it came to drilling, we would each take one so we could walk them through it.  Jess didn't ignore my needs, though, and once they got the hang of each move she had them rep it on each other and let me drill the moves (albeit at a faster pace) on her.  We finished up with some open rolling and a quick cool-down/stretch session. 

I think this class is going to be a big step forward for the academy.  I've heard from far too many women that they just don't want to train with sweaty dudes and they don't feel comfortable with it, but I think this will be a great gateway drug for them.  Once they get hooked, they can stay for the open class right after the womens' class, and then hopefully come in during the week as well. 

My only problem?  There's a possibility I'm not going to make it in for the next...oh, three months or so.  Unfortunately, I just finished up with a bunch of rotations that gave me weekends completely off, and my next couple will have me coming in Saturday and Sunday mornings to do morning treatments on whatever patients I may have.  I'm hoping that I'll either be done in time to get to the 10 AM ladies class, or maybe I'll be able to convince the senior clinician to let me take off from 9:30 to 11:30 so I can "help" teach. 

On that note, I've also decided that upon graduation I am going to open a fat camp for dogs in Manhattan.  Apparently, there is not a single veterinary nutritionist on the entire island, and I KNOW there must be owners willing to pay money for their precious pet to lose some weight so they can live a longer, healthier life (refer to this article).