“Never half-ass two things, whole-ass one thing.” -Ron Swanson
One of my earliest posts on Ginger Snaps, Chasing Two Rabbits, was about trying to decide if I should keep training both Karate and Jiu-Jitsu, or if I should just focus on one of them. I concluded that post with “to be continued…”, and now almost three years later, I’m finally concluding it.
I started training Jiu-Jitsu a few months before I was promoted to black belt in Karate, and I trained both of them simultaneously for awhile. Several people from the dojo told me that sooner or later I would have to chose one, because “You can’t read from two books at the same time.” A couple of people also tried to tell me reasons why I should not train Jiu-Jitsu at all (but I obviously didn’t listen to them ;).
Then the longer I did Jiu-Jitsu, the less I was training Karate, and finally it got to the point where I realized that it wasn’t about whether I could keep training both of them, but whether I wanted to. I became so consumed with Jiu-Jitsu that I really didn’t have much left for anything else. Now, the more I do BJJ, the more I want to do it, and the more single-minded and obsessed I become!
In my heart, I haven’t quit Karate, I always feel like I’ll go back someday, but I haven’t trained it in over a year. I’m not saying that I don’t miss it (I wish they would let me drop some elbows in BJJ! ;), but at this point, I really just want to focus on Jiu-Jitsu. This is my journey, and I have no doubt that for me, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is the one true way. So, I’ve gone down the rabbit hole, and I’m whole-assing BJJ.