I'm not superstitious, but I am a little stitious.Since my bad back is still being a pain, I was only able to go to the kids’ classes at Lincoln BJJ this week, but it’s definitely better than nothing. Sometimes I even learn things while I’m there, often from the responses that Greg gives to random questions the kids ask. It’s usually small details about technique or theory, but occasionally I find out things about The Professor himself.

For example, the other day Brooklynn asked Greg how old he was, and he said 31. Then he told her he’s been training BJJ since he was 18, which means he’s been doing it for 13 years. I realized that I am exactly 13 years older than Greg, so when he began, I was the age that he is now. I didn’t start training Jiu-Jitsu until a couple of months before my 40th birthday, so by the time I’ve been doing it for 13 years, I will be 53, and the odds are probably 13 to 1 that I still won’t be a black belt by then!

The number 13 has been lucky for me, because my daughter was born on Friday the 13th, at exactly 1300 hours (but thankfully she did not weigh 13 pounds!). It also seems to be a lucky number for Greg, because in his 13th year of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, he opened his own school, and it’s doing very well. Most new businesses fail within the first year, but Lincoln BJJ Center has been open for 11 months, and Greg said that when our lease is up, we will probably be moving to a bigger location, because we’re already outgrowing the one we’re in. I can’t even imagine how big we could be in 13 more years!


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