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The Beginning of My BJJ Journey


My name is Art Good, and I’m hooked on Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.

I’m a 43 year old pastor who has followed the BJJ world for several years.

I finally took the plunge a few months ago and signed up for some free classes.  Since then I have been training at Carlson Gracie Indianapolis Jiu Jitsu under Professor Alan Stockman, and as I said, I’m hooked.  I’ve even bought a few tee shirts to demonstrate to the world at large my love for the “gentle art.”

Being what I call an “older beginner,” I don’t have the time (nor the energy) to go train as often as I’d like.  I have a family, a wife and son, that I love spending time with more than anything.  There is also a job to go to daily, a house and yard to keep up with, and a garage that someday will make a great place to drill… if I can ever get it cleaned up!

Like many, I have to travel a bit to get to my academy.  Depending on traffic anywhere from 35 to 40 minutes one way.  Not very convenient, but worth every minute of the drive!

Still, I am looking at BJJ as more than just a causal hobby – more than just something to do in my spare time.   I am challenged by it every time I step on the mat.  I am as devoted to it as I can be.  I want to do well.   I want to learn.

I enjoy the people that I have met in just a few months of training and look forward to many more years of rolling with them.

Someday I hope to compete.  I’d love to wear a gold medal at least once.  Also, like so many that have gone before me into this journey, I hope to have that black belt tied around my waist someday.   I know that day is a long, long way away, but it is something I strive for each time I train.  That, and as my wife told me, trying not to hurt myself!

So, that’s me in a few words.   I’d love to hear about you!   Who are you,  and how did your journey in BJJ begin?

5 comments… add one
  • Awesome to see you on the blog, Art! I’ll be down in Indy doing some training in the next few months so we’ll have to meet up. Great stuff 🙂

  • Seth

    Congrats on taking the plunge! I’m a 36 year old brown belt and currently train only one day a week. I have three young kids (11, 9, and 7) that all do other sports, so time is often limited. The medals will come eventually. My first gold wasn’t until I was a 3-stripe purple. Compete only if it’s fun for you; otherwise you’ll likely frustrate yourself.

    Stick with it, and remember your journey is YOUR journey. No time for comparison. Having the opportunity to train at some different schools while on vacations I’ve been submitted by lower belts and have submitted higher belts. Neither of those things mean anything except that, on that day, at that moment, one person performed better than another. Keep a healthy perspective and you’ll enjoy the journey. And it IS all about the journey!

    • Art Good

      Thanks for the comment Seth! Good to know there are others out there who face the same kind of time issues. I agree – it is all about the journey!

  • Hi, I am a 37 year old female with 8 kids, just started 2 weeks ago. I have taken Muay Thai for almost 2 years but before that I didn’t have any sports experience. I have really enjoyed it so far! It’s weird starting so late in life but everyone seems to be ok with it. Looking forward to seeing more updates!

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