I was so disappointed at the outset of my brown belt to see that no, we aren’t magical. I was no different on the day after (besides having a torn shoulder) than I was the day before when I had been planning to compete at the World Championships at purple belt. And the realization that I was no better from one day to the next was when I gave up on the idea of ever seeing a unicorn…finding true understanding of Jiu-Jitsu.
Then after two post class drilling sessions last Friday and Saturday, my training partner and I finally began to understand a concept our instructor had been trying to get across to us for months. Something that seemed to instantly change the way we roll. It excited us to the point of wanting to train more right away, we wanted to spend every minute discovering every transition and position through our new lens. Sure, I’m certain that I will not always be able to execute my recent epiphany perfectly, but weeks like this re-excite me for learning Jiu-Jitsu.I find it absolutely amazing that after training for over 7 years and despite never having gone through a long period of stagnation that I hear so many people claim at various stages of their Jiu-Jitsu (I’m sure a testament more to my coach and training partners than to myself), I’m still having major Jiu-Jitsu epiphanies that make me see everything about the art in a whole new light.
How many other activities exist that after 7 years of participating in them day after day, you are still discovering a whole new world inside?
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