O brother, where art thou?

I’m sorry, but I can’t seem to think about anything else right now except the new BJJ school (name: Lincoln Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu?), I’m kind of obsessing over the whole thing. I knew about it several days before it was announced, so I had plenty of time to think about what I wanted to do before it went public, and when I made the decision to leave the Jiu-Jitsu program at the dojo to train at the new school, I did so without having any idea which of my Jiu-Jitsu brothers would be staying, and which would be going. In my heart I believed that most of them would go, if they were able.

Then yesterday, Shihan said that one of my Jiu-Jitsu dojobros…one who has been there for me since my first day, one who makes me laugh, and who always makes me feel included…plans to stay at the dojo. This doesn’t change my decision (since it was based on what would be best for my training), but it does make me sad. I will miss him, as well as anyone else who stays.

On the other hand, it also makes me happy. It means that the Jiu-Jitsu program at the dojo will definitely go on, and if this person ends up being the head instructor, I believe he has what it takes to do a great job. I haven’t actually confirmed this with the person in question, and I will not reveal his identity without knowing for certain (so don’t ask me! ;).

Right now the Jiu-Jitsu class at the dojo might seem like a house divided, and I still don’t know what everyone’s final decision will be, but I do know that none of us are “taking sides”. No matter where we end up training, we will always be brothers and sisters, brought together and sustained by our love for Jiu-Jitsu.

“I bid farewell to old Kentucky, the place where I was born and raised.” -Soggy Bottom Boys
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Greg is third from the left.

2 comments on “O brother, where art thou?

  1. i'm happy for you guys and respect your decision to leave and start your own thing. Conan has done so much for the dojo and is a great instructor and person. i'll miss his class and all of the others. Peace and Love, Peace and Love.-Ringo Star.

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