I don’t think it’s any secret that there were some hurt feelings at the SRSK dojo when most of us from the Jiu-Jitsu class left to train at Lincoln Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Center, and because of that, I wasn’t sure how I was going to be received when I went to the gathering at the dojo for Shihan’s farewell class last Friday. Shihan himself says he doesn’t hold anything against me personally for training at LBJJC, but I didn’t know how the rest of the dojo felt. I was afraid I might be treated like an outsider, so I was glad that I was warmly welcomed by almost everyone there.
Cap’n Judo even made a point of coming up to me and asking if I was happy at my new school, and when I said “Yes, Sir!”, he seemed genuinely pleased. Then he invited me (and anyone else from Lincoln BJJ) to come to a seminar they will be having at the dojo in the near future. I don’t know any of the details yet, but whoever is teaching it has trained with one of the Gracies. I must have seemed more interested after he said that, because he teased “Yeah, I figured you’d perk up when you heard that name.”
I’m one of only a few of the former Jiu-Jitsu students who are still affiliated with the dojo at all, and that’s because we also train in other arts there. I never wanted to have to choose between the dojo and Lincoln BJJ, so I’m glad that I didn’t have to. It’s kind of like when you have a couple of good friends who are dating, then they break up, and you want to remain friends with both of them, but sometimes that’s hard to do, so you have to take sides. I think the best thing for everyone involved in a situation like that is to not treat each other like enemies, but to remain on a friendly basis, and I’m happy we’re able to do so.