I think the only way I’ll ever be a real challenge for the beasts I train with in the advanced classes at LBJJC is if I go down to the crossroads and make a deal with the devil! My soul actually seems like a fair price to pay in exchange for the ability to be awesome at Jiu-Jitsu, so I’m off to the Delta…oh crap, I almost forgot that I’m a ginger, which means I don’t have a soul, so that’s not going to work. Unless the devil will let me sell him one of the souls I’ve stolen from other people!
Despite not being very awesome at BJJ, I still enjoy it, and I’m not trying to keep up with anyone, I just want to be the best I can be. Yesterday in the advanced class, I had a tremendous amount of fun while working on improving, and I’m super happy that my elbow is feeling much better, so I was able to participate in all of the rolling. Tumbleweed told me I was doing a good job picking up the smash pass we were practicing, and during rolling I successfully pulled off a half guard sweep I just learned last week! The Professor also gave me some compliments on my performance yesterday, even once on a failed sweep attempt. It was such a good day for me that I was even able to pass Rojas! Okay, that actually happened after class…on the way home…and we were both in our cars.
Even if I could instantly become awesome at Jiu-Jitsu, I don’t think I would do it, because I wouldn’t appreciate my progress the same way I do now, and it’s really about the journey, not the destination. Every time I successfully execute a new technique (or even when I almost succeed), it’s incredibly fulfilling, because almost nothing in BJJ has come easily for me (especially in the advanced class!), but what really benefits me aren’t the successes, it’s all the hard work that went into them.