I’m not really into the whole New Year thing, I’ve never made a resolution in my life, but sometimes it’s nice to reflect on the time that’s passed. In my first blog post of 2014, I predicted it was going to be a great year at Lincoln BJJ Center, and it turns out I was right!
Near the beginning of last year, the kids’ classes began at LBJJC, and since at first there was only one student in the ages 10-15 class, I started attending to be her partner. Now the class averages about a dozen kids, and I’m still going in to help out, which has definitely been one of the highlights of my year! I enjoy working with the youth, and trying to teach them has increased my own knowledge of Jiu-Jitsu.
In January of 2014, I jumped back into the competition scene (after I had taken about eighteen months off), and I entered three BJJ tournaments throughout the past year (earning one bronze and two silver medals). I was also part of the Lincoln BJJ team that won the first place trophy at the local Circle of Iron BJJ Championship last January, and in August of 2014, LBJJC sent a competition team outside of the state for the very first time, to the IBJJF International Open in Chicago, where they all did very well!
At the end of March, I received the first stripe on my BJJ blue belt, which came as a surprise, and I was even more excited to see our white belts being promoted for the first time. In April, Lincoln BJJ Center celebrated the one year anniversary of it’s opening, and we’ve picked up a lot of students in 2014, so I’ve made some new friends! I also got the opportunity to train with people from other states, who stopped by LBJJC while they were in town.
The worst injury I had to deal with this past year was a bulging disc in my neck, which didn’t require surgery, and was healed with chiropractic care. I didn’t even have to miss much BJJ, because I was able to continue training through the recovery process, so I really can’t complain!
2014 marked my fifth year of training Jiu-Jitsu, and my technical understanding and practical application have greatly improved over the last year. I learned a lot about myself, and I made progress in breaking some of my old bad habits (though I still have a long way to go!).
Just like every other year, I’m not going to make any kind of BJJ resolutions for 2015, because I’ve never needed them to inspire me. I’ve just tried to be consistent in my training, and this past year at Lincoln BJJ seemed to go by fast, since time flies when you’re having fun!
“Nothing changes on New Year’s Day.” -U2