The other day when my daughter told me “Pass the butter.”, and I replied “But I’m not in it’s guard.”, she threatened to stage a BJJ intervention for me! Skyler actually used to do Jiu-Jitsu a few years ago, but she decided it wasn’t for her, and now she tells me that she thinks people who train it are not normal! My BJJ bro Josh said he believes we have to be a little crazy to do it, and if I had a dollar for every time in my life that someone told me I was crazy, then I would have a lot of dollars, but I don’t know if BJJ attracts more crazy people in general, or if the crazies are the only ones who stay.
I may have already been crazy before I started Jiu-Jitsu, but I believe that training it drives me even more crazy, and not doing it makes me the craziest of all! I haven’t trained for a week (due to my tweaked elbow), and yesterday when I was talking to my husband, I referred to my BJJ belt as “my precious”, and he said “You really need to get back to class!”, but thankfully my elbow is feeling much better, so I’m going to try to train tonight.
I don’t think that those of us who love Jiu-Jitsu are actually insane, it’s more like we’re just passionate and dedicated, to a point that many people find to be extreme. It seems as though the average person spends their life trying to be as comfortable as possible, but in BJJ, we voluntarily subject ourselves to incredible amounts of discomfort in a myriad of ways, so it may seem crazy to the people who can’t see the method in our madness, especially if they don’t understand how much fun it can be!
“And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music.” -Friedrich Nietzsche