In September 2010 I got the opportunity to travel to Phuket, Thailand to teach Jiu Jitsu at Tiger Muay Thai.  I taught my first class a couple days after arriving in Thailand while trying to adjust to the 14 hour time difference.  The first class was primarily a NoGi class apart from a Blue Belt from Sweden named Martin.  I rolled with everyone in class and then threw on my Gi to roll with the Martin.  I quickly a secured an armbar or a triangle or something like that and finished the submission.  I then went in for round two, Martin had a nice grip on my top collar but I proceeded to pass.  I went to step over for the armbar and boom I woke up with everyone standing over me asking if I was okay.  What the hell happened?

What an embarrassing first day of teaching at a new school, a Brown Belt getting choked unconscious by an envelope choke from a Blue Belt… So what would possess me to tell this story this morning… I’m not sure lol.  Sometimes you have to make fun of yourself.

The truths and importance you can take from this story are that Jiu Jitsu is very affective and that you must be humbled in Jiu Jitsu to get better.  My advice for new people in Jiu Jitsu is to stay humble, hungry, and eager to improve and protect your neck.  Everyone have a great Saturday, Siege MMA/Lotus Club Kids bring back some GOLD medals from Worlds!

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