Training at Lincoln Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Center has completely revived my passion for Jiu-Jitsu! Not that it ever went away, but it had faded, and now it’s raging again. In a way it feels like a fresh start, and I’m embracing the opportunity with everything I have. I feel so comfortable there that I’ve been able to let go of some of my insecurities and just focus on my training. It really does feel like home, and I belong there.
Even though Greg did some teaching in the Jiu-Jitsu class at the dojo, the way he runs classes at LBJJ are a little different. For one thing, I believe after a couple more weeks I will have one rock-solid core! Also, I apparently have a weak neck, because the neck exercises are killing me. However, I like the physicality of it, and all of the changes in format, especially the stretching at the end of class, and that we bow in a circle. The later class times have been keeping me up at night, because I lay awake thinking about the things we worked on that day. Of course, that just means I’ve been learning, and I’m excited about it!
For some reason I’m really able to relax when I’m at LBJJ, which has made a big difference for me. I even rolled with Greg on Tuesday, and I didn’t get all freaked out about it, like I normally would. Staying relaxed has also helped me maintain a much more positive attitude, and not become frustrated, which means I’m having a lot more fun. Today I got to work with one of my dojobros, King Patrick, for most of class, and I think I was smiling at least 80% of the time, even though a good portion of my body feels like a giant bruise! I guess when you’re in a roomful of nothing but mat and people who are all loving Jiu-Jitsu as much as you, the joy is contagious.