I have a confession: I love joking around. I started saying to my sparring partner, “Come here, I just want to give you a hug.” 🙂 Now when I ask my Korean friend if she’ll be in class I ask her “Hugz tomorrow?” or I’ll text her saying “I want to give you a hug. ON THE MAT.”


If you aren’t familiar with the previous picture, you’ve been hiding under a rock on the Internet. It’s a lolcat, a picture of a cat with text that adds to the humor. It’s written in kitty pidgin because OMG KITTY IS WRITING IN ENGLISH! Plus, CUTE!

Adorable, right? Well, here it is with my BJJ spin on it:

Just so sweet!

Just so sweet and friendly!

😀 Even more adorable, right? And here it is, personalized with a picture of me:

In English: “Hugs time now, please”

So now you know my secret: I think of BJJ as hugging. Or, as Shel Silverstein put it: HUG O’ WAR!

I will not play at tug o’ war
I’d rather play at hug o’ war,
Where everyone hugs
Instead of tugs
Where everyone giggles
And rolls on the rug,
Where everyone kisses
And everyone grins
And everyone cuddles
And everyone wins.

THAT is BJJ to me, except that in my gym the dudes don’t kiss each other 😉 But we roll around on the mat and everyone is cuddling! Yes, it’s true, when I see someone take someone else’s back or trying to I tend to yell “He just wants a cuddle.” It may not be appreciated. 😀 So when you see that gal giggling as she rolls, just remember, she’s playing hug o’ war.