My chiropractor once told me a story about a time when he went to the pool at the YMCA, and there were about twenty men in their seventies or eighties doing jumps off of the diving board, and having a blast! He asked if they were some kind of group, so one of them told him how it all came to be.
It started out with just a single dude diving, then one day another old guy was at the pool at the same time, and upon seeing the first one dive, he said “I can do better than that!”, which ignited a friendly competition. They started meeting weekly to dive, and then other older men who happened to show up when they were there began to join in, all trying to best one another.
The group eventually grew to a couple dozen, and they were getting together on a regular basis. They pushed one another to improve their diving, and their doctors told them it was doing amazing things for their health. The camaraderie, support, and friendly competition made exercising fun, which increased their motivation, and the relationships they developed enriched their entire lives.
The reason my chiropractor told me this story is because he believes I get the same kind of benefits from training Jiu-Jitsu. I’m not sure if I should be offended, because I’m not quite as old as the diving dudes, but there’s no question that BJJ has improved my health and my life, and it’s way better than diving!
I had a great advanced class at Lincoln BJJ on Wednesday, because everyone who was there was someone I can trust, they all pushed me to improve, and I learned some things. It’s easy to be motivated to train when I’m surrounded by people who are supportive, and who help make exercise fun, but the only person to whom I ever say “I can do better than that!” is myself.
“We’ll have a good time, playin’ with my friends.” -B.B. King 1929-2015