I was recently looking at an old group picture of the Jiu-Jitsu class at the dojo, and I realized how few of the people in it I still train with. That made me think about the countless number of people I’ve shared the mat with over the years who I never see anymore. There are ones I still miss, and others whose names and faces I can barely recall, only a trace memory remains. There are also many people who I probably wouldn’t even remember at all if I ever saw them again.
Some of the people who’ve come in and out of my Jiu-Jitsu world are still training somewhere else, but I think the majority of them have quit entirely. Whether it was because of physical issues, financial strain, boredom, or perhaps an inability to tame their ego, I have seen far more people stop than keep going.
I’ve realized that although I may not be the most talented BJJ student in the world, I have outlasted many people who were “better” than me. Sometimes I might go weeks, or even months, not submitting a single person, and getting beaten in almost every way by almost everyone, but after four and a half years I’m still here, and I’m training harder than ever before.
I think many people would have quit by now if they were me, and in fact, many of them have. My progress may be super slow, but I’ve never stopped. I’ve been training Jiu-Jitsu longer than even some of the other students in the advanced class at Lincoln BJJ, and although at times I still feel like an outsider within the group, they’re not getting rid of me, I’m here to stay. I just won’t give up, I’m crazy like that!
“Perseverance is the hard work you do after you get tired of doing the hard work you already did.”