Shortly before I started Jiu-Jitsu, Conan posted the question “What motivates you to train”. He said that for himself, in the beginning, it was about wanting to be as good as his teachers. At the time, I didn’t have an answer concerning Jiu-Jitsu, because I hadn’t started training it quite yet, but I said my motivation for Karate is that I wanted to improve myself. Now three years later, I’ve thought about what my answer for Jiu-Jitsu would be.
It’s not because I hope to someday be as good as my teachers, because I doubt that will ever happen. It’s not because I want to be a sport competitor on a national scale, because I know that will never happen. At this point, I have no desire to teach Jiu-Jitsu, and I only have a tentative interest in reffing. Although I do believe it is great for self-defense, that doesn’t explain why I’m practicing things like spider guard. I don’t train Jiu-Jitsu to keep in shape, I can get that in other ways (although they usually aren’t as much fun ;).
So, besides the fact that I simply love it, and I hope to inspire other women to try it, what do I want to get out of it? Besides self-improvement, what is my motivation to keep training Jiu-Jitsu?
I think it’s really because I aspire to someday be a sixty year-old lady with pigtails who is tapping out all the young dudes. Since sixty is still eighteen years away for me, I should be able to make black belt by then! The trick is to not burn myself out, or become physically unable to train. I’ve realized that I need to start taking better care of my body, and stop ignoring my injuries, if I want to last long enough to be able to achieve that goal.
I really want to see the looks on the young bucks’ faces when they realize they just got tapped out by a senior citizen. Is that too much to ask? Getting submitted by a little old lady would really show them the true power and potential of Jiu-Jitsu. Granny don’t play no reindeer games, she will choke the breath out of you!