You Can Have Results or Excuses, Not Both…

You Can Have Results or Excuses, Not Both…
There is something very important I’ve come to realise about jiu-jitsu and other sports of a similar nature. The simple reason they are so perfect for overall lifestyle improvement. They have a huge, never ending skill component. That is to say they not only take a tremendous amount of all aspects of athleticism but they also need a constant focus on improving a highly technical skill set. This takes the mind off the actual task of ‘working out’, keeping it thoroughly preoccupied with a task that can never be completed. Technique and timing can be refined ad infinitum, hence in BJJ many believe the journey only truly begins at black belt. I’m sure running on a treadmill works for some people, but in the context of changing people’s lives I don’t think it can hold a candle to competitive sports/athletics.
“The secret of this sport is, while you’re the nail, hang in there, let them hit you, until the day you become the hammer, then you smash them back!”

– Renzo Gracie

Starting in ‘the gentle art‘ is a rough road for almost anyone. To put it bluntly, you’re someone’s whipping boy for a minimum of several months. More eloquently put: “Some days you’re the nail. You must hang in there until the day you become the hammer and smash them back”.

My second session was the first time I sparred anyone, a little 155 lb guy, and I was about 280 at the time. He arm-barred me five times in less than 5 minutes…welcome to jiu-jitsu.