I’ve had a lot of anniversaries lately- 14 years married, 10 years since my mother passed, and now I commemorate another.
April 15th marked 5 years since I started my Brazilian jiu jitsu journey.
I miss my old team at the Jiu Jitsu Institute in VA. I haven’t spent as much time on the mat as I’d have liked, and many of my old training partners have surpassed me in rank and skill. However, I’ve surpassed everyone who didn’t start. I know I’m progressing, and I’ve had classes lately where I was able to effectively impose my will and execute the techniques I had planned. If I keep training, I will learn more and have more hours of mat time. This will be a good thing. Westside Jiu Jitsu, where I’m currently training, is a great school, too. Everyone has been welcoming and supportive. My 6-year old, Stella, started training again, and she’s enjoying it.
My life has been enriched by jiu jitsu, as I’ve written before. I am confident this will continue to be a part of my life, and I will one day be a black belt.
So, cheers to five years. Sure, I wish it were ten, but I’m glad it’s not one year, or worse still, eventually.