Of course you can't have a home mat without christening it with a little Jiu-Jitsu, so last night I challenged Joe to a roll. I hadn't grappled with him since before I broke my wrist, and I must say, I have really improved since then. I used to not even be able to get top position on him, let alone hold it, but last night I was floating like a butterfly and stinging like a bee! He did get me in back control a couple of times, but I got out pretty quickly, and all of his submission attempts failed. After about ten minutes I tapped him out with a straight armbar from scarf hold. Woot!
We did roll off of the mat a little bit, and I kicked the computer stand, but for all intents and purposes I think our new mat will serve us just fine. A couple of times I really wanted to push off on the wall to get some leverage, but I figured that would be cheating. It's probably good practice for me to grapple in a tight place, because I'm so used to having tons of room, and less space definitely changes things up. I'm hoping that having a home mat is only going to increase my awesomeness!