I had always been involved in martial arts. I started out with Tae Kwon Do, but when I got to college I wanted to find something to make me more well-rounded. The Aikido club didn’t interested me, nor did the other karate group that met in our health & wellness center. When I read the schedule and saw that Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is what this group of people were doing in one of the rooms, I was intrigued. I had heard of jiu jitsu, but had no clue what was different about training BJJ.
Fast forward some years. I am still training BJJ and always encouraging others to try it too! There are a few things I was never told starting out, so here I am sharing them with you
No one ever told me…
About the aches and pains or how epsom salt & ice baths would become a routine.
About the really awkward positions I would be put in at times. Jiu jitsu is involuntary yoga.
About the money involved to buy new gis, rashguards, or to compete.
About the deep mental frustrations of not learning quickly enough.
About the physical challenges of adapting my body type to effectively hit a technique.
But they also never told me...
About the self-confidence I would gain from learning self-defense.
About the new found mental strength of learning what my body is fully capable of.
About the gratification of overcoming challenges daily.
About the genuine support & friendships I would have of my teammates & other jiu jitsu practitioners I would meet.
About how training BJJ turns into a lifestyle. Where you learn what you are made of under pressure when you roll, and how that carries over into other aspects of your life. No one ever told me that I would gain a second family from my teammates. Or, that I would be able to go anywhere in the world and have a friend because of BJJ. No one ever told me that I would be a more confident person, a stronger person. No one ever told me that I would be in the best shape of my life by training BJJ. No one ever told me that I would understand what true potential meant and what it meant for myself.
No one told me any of these things. But if they had, I don’t think I would have believed them then, and I don’t think I would have realized how amazing this journey has been and continues to be.