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?