Quote from Crosley Gracie
“A few words to all Jiu-Jitsu practitioners out there. To many, a BJJ Black Belt is only a dream and near impossible to achieve due to mat time required to get to that level. No kidding, you could finish college and graduate school while training 3 or 4 times a week, and still not get your Black Belt. It’s the most coveted Black Belt in Martial Arts and no other single fighting art will add more combat skill and strategy to an unexperienced individual, then Jiu-Jitsu.
Don’t let your self lose motivation and get discouraged by experiences such as constant thoughts of no improvement, injuries, etc… Sometimes you are the hunter, sometimes you are the prey. It’s not always going to be Disneyland. All your teammates are improving with you. Some of them will learn faster, others slower than you. Worry about being the best you can be and keep a focused, determined state of mind and you’ll get there.
Be sure to be aware of safety precautions your school take to minimize risk of injures. Improve at your own pace and respect your body. Being consistent and attending classes at least 2 or 3 hours a week is a must for realistic progression. Good Luck!”
Having read this the other day on a popular networking site about books with faces, it struck home that BJJ is art that you could drowned in…. That is to say you can dedicate a life time to studying and still not attain the ultimate goal of a Black Belt. BJJ is an art that that is ever changing and when people ask me what martial art i do, i will say Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. They usually follow up with whats the difference between Brazilian and ‘Normal’ Jiu Jitsu… and i usually say that Brazilian Jiu Jitsu works…. (sorry im not on the whole bjj vs trad jj) BJJ has changed more in the last 2o minutes than Trad JJ has in the last 200 years.
I have currently been studying BJJ for 7 years and my proudest achievment was my purple belt a few years ago. Since that time my game hasnt expanded much, but my techniques have become more refinded (i still have the turning circle of a super tanker) but i have found that the biggest hill i have had to climb is keeping a decent pace and trying to not get pinned flat on my back.
This is becoming easyer but the better guys like John can still make me feel like an absolute beginner, because then switch up position as i move maintaining pressure and limiting my movement.
Over the last few weeks i have sparred exclusivly with John during our saturday classes, he takes me apart and i feel like i cant do a think to stop him, he works me till i gas then clock chokes me…
I LOVE IT…. I learn so much, i work harder to get out, i get better at defending then when im almost out….. he clock chokes me again… but i keep coming back for more.
Thats what BJJ and Life is about, keep trying, keep moving forward, learn from your mistakes, dont stress out and VIVE LA REVE