It's another episode of "This Past Week!" Here you can get a quick glimpse on some of the different techniques we've gone over in the previous week of training. This is our third installment!!! Come check out Graves Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in Wilson County of Middle Tennessee....
Meet Alex! He's a badass dad who trains jiu-jitsu. You can follow him and many others here on the Profectus Lebanon Youtube channel. Graves Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in Wilson County of Middle Tennessee! Free 30-day trial!
Injury! It’s inevitable. If you do anything physical long enough, you will eventually get injured. This is especially true when practicing a combat art. You WILL pull something, break something, or “tweak” something. It’s unavoidable if you’re truly committed to training.
What we need to understand, however, is that this is an important part of the process. This is where we face our own mortality. This is where we face our abilities to adapt. This is ultimately where our true constitution is revealed to us. How do we respond? Do we give up? Do we just tell ourselves that this is the excuse we’ve secretly been waiting for? Do we succumb to the warm comfort of our recliners knowing that our new excuse is valid and unquestionable?
See, the thing about injuries is that even though we can’t do what we were doing prior to getting hurt, the same personal truth remains. And by personal truth I mean that moment where we’re alone at night, laying in our beds, and we’re left alone with all the truths of whether or not we faced our fears. There’s no outside opinion. There’s no crowds to cheer or boo us. There’s no one else. It’s just you and reality. Some of us can lie to ourselves enough to muster something that feels almost realistic, but that becomes much more difficult when you train Jiu Jitsu. You’ve already faced your internal liar over and over and over at the gym. This makes lying to yourself and others much more complex.
The bottom line is that injury is something every Jiu Jitsu practitioner will eventually face. The difference is that we will face it without the crutch of being proficient at lying to ourselves. The difference is that we will face it only seeking the truth. In the end, we will be thankful for the opportunity to overcome such a challenge and consider injury as just another part of our growth.
Roy Silvers (Blue Belt/Coach)
As our school continues to lay a solid foundation, we’re really getting into the creative side of advertising through video and social media. We recently put together a short bio video of one of our training partners. The purpose of this was to not only help everyone better understand who we are and what Jiu Jitsu means to us individually, but also to show that the people who train with us come from all walks of life. Like the art of Jiu Jitsu itself, creating ideas for how to express why we do this is its own art form. You can tell someone why you do this, but showing them in an easily digestible way is equally, if not more, important. This also allows us to reach people we wouldn’t be able to communicate with otherwise. This whole process of training, improving, and sharing Jiu Jitsu is one of the most powerful and life altering experiences a person can have. Accept no substitute.
Roy Silvers (Blue Belt)
Mike Turner has been a long standing student here at Profectus Lebanon (aka Graves Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu LLC) He's due to pick up his blue belt in June. Follow his jiu-jitsu journey and many others here on the Profectus Lebanon YouTube Channel. Graves Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu here in Wilson County (Tennessee)
There are so many interesting nuances that come with training Jiu Jitsu. Sometimes it’s navigating people’s assumptions that don’t train or aren’t familiar with the art. A lot of “outsiders” think this practice is full of meatheads that just want to beat people up. When in reality, it’s rare that that mentality succeeds in a Jiu Jitsu Academy. The vast majority of the people that actually train Jiu Jitsu are physically unassuming, calm, and extremely humble. The reason for this is because that’s what Jiu Jitsu breeds. It creates, by its very nature, an environment where our egos become the biggest hindrance to our progression. The simple effectiveness of the techniques become so undeniable that our innate urges to win and overpower other people actually get in the way of our ability to learn and get better. When a 120 pound woman can effectively dominate and submit a 220 pound man over and over simply because she has trained a series of techniques, the effectiveness of the art and process become not only humbling but undeniable. Jiu Jitsu is possibly the most reliable “jerk filter” available today. You can walk into almost any Academy and feel welcome because the people there not only have very little ego, but also because in that process they’ve learned that our biggest assets in our own development is helping others become better.
Roy Silvers (Blue)
Jeff Spain Jr
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Brown Belt