If there is one thing we can count on in this sport that we love so much, it’s that Jiu Jitsu has a revolving door. There is a reason that only 1% of those that start end up making the journey all the way to Black Belt. That reason is...Jiu Jitsu is hard. Bottom line.
Those of us “Juju nerds” that have accepted and embraced the difficulties of this sport know what’s on the other side of all the sweat, injuries, and general highs and lows. That’s where we find our most authentic selves.
When a new person starts, it’s important to remember how we felt when we first stepped on the mat. We were nervous, exhausted, and repeatedly humbled, often by people smaller than us. Let’s face it, that first roll was probably the most pressure we’ve ever felt from another human being. Now we can laugh about it and even consider it a fond handful of memories. But back then, most of us probably questioned whether or not we wanted to go back for more.
This is the struggle that every new person will have to face. That’s why it’s crucial that we stay encouraging, helpful, and positive with new people. In the end though, as much as we want everyone else to get to experience who you become through this martial art, we have to accept that it isn’t for everyone. Ultimately, Jiu Jitsu will decide who stays and who goes. Keep showing up new people. It’s worth it.
- Roy Silvers (Blue)
Jeff Spain Jr
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Brown Belt