What can I say that this video doesn't say for me? All I can relate to you is my personal story and my story begins with this... The decision to learn and train Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is the best decision I've made in my adult life.
My favorite quote is, "There are no victims, only volunteers". What does this mean? We're all aware of the consequences associated with the decisions we make. We either choose to factor in those consequences or we choose to ignore them. For me, I chose to define my existence by my occupation. I was a Senior Director for a Fortune 250 company and I was proud of my professional "accomplishments". Over the course of ten years I had become incredibly arrogrant, unsympathetic to the needs of others and I was living a completely unhealthy lifestyle. This didn't happen by accident. I volunteered for this path and it had a negative impact on my quality of life.
As I grew older, I began to do more introspective thinking. Was I treating people fairly? Was I happy with the person I had become? Was I living a healthy and balanced life? The answer was, simply, "No". Things had to change. I picked a date on the calendar and turned in my resignation. Having always been a Mixed Martial-Arts and UFC fan, I decided to start training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. I made a few calls to local academies, started training and the rest is history, for me at least.
Has everything been roses, since? Of course not. Life is not without its ups and downs. What I can tell you is that Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu has changed how I deal with those ups and downs. It has brought balance to my life which is something that had not existed since I was a child.
Some of the benefits that Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu provided me include(d):
- Within three months I had lost twenty pounds and my body weight was where it should be for my activity level. I was in the best shape of my adult life.
- The art taught me humility. Nobody starts BJJ as an expert. You "learn to lose" immediately and continue to do so for the next 12 to 18 months. The BJJ saying, "There is no such thing as losing, only learning", is 100% accurate.
- It helped me develop a stronger sense of community. My best friends, today, are those I met on the mats throughout my years of training.
- As mentioned before, it brought balance back into my life. Being humbled allowed me to focus on the important things in life such as family and health. If I ever hit a rough patch it was never anything that an hour or two of BJJ training couldn't bring back into perspective.
Now as an instructor, I get to pass on what I have learned to my students and I get to watch them grow. My student's passion to learn fuels my passion to learn. When I receive a Facebook message in the middle of the night related to what I'm teaching I don't consider it an inconvenience, I consider it an honor.
So how do you add Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu to your life? If you can relate to ANYTHING I've mentioned in this post, please call us at (720) 343-7255. The benefits of the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu lifestyle, and it is a lifestyle, are just a call away. There's no better time to start a new endeavor than now. Come take advantage of our free, trial week and I promise that you'll be hooked. We hope to hear from you soon.