One of the things I love most about Jiu-Jitsu is that for how complicated and difficult it can be, it’s always fun, and never boring. Other people might get complacent and think “Ho hum, I’m choking someone again, yawn.”, but for me it’s usually “OH NO, SOMEONE’S TRYING TO CHOKE ME AGAIN!!!”, and there’s nothing boring about that.
Occasionally I even have too much fun in Jiu-Jitsu, like during the advanced class on Monday, when Mike and I were reprimanded by The Professor for not sticking to the “task at hand”. After Greg corrected us, I realized that when Mike and I are partners, sometimes we act just like the students in the kids’ class! We tend to talk too much, we don’t always hear what the teacher says, and we start rolling when we should be drilling. We getting carried away enjoying ourselves, and Professor Greg has to remind us to finish our assignment before we start recess! I definitely don’t recommend playing when you should be working, because being chastised by the professor is as bad as being sent to the principal’s office, except no one calls your parents.
So, what I’m trying to say is that training Jiu-Jitsu can make you feel like a kid again! When I’m in BJJ class, I often forget that I’m forty-five years old (unless I’m really sore and tired). Not only is it fun, it also makes me feel young (in mind, body, and spirit) and the people I roll with have a lot to do with that. We take our training seriously at Lincoln BJJ, but we also truly enjoy what we do.
“And even when I’m old and gray,
I’m gonna feel the way I do today.”