Not a sprint...
Jiu-Jitsu is a marathon, not a sprint
Sure...there are moments of sprinting in the journey. Like when you’re trying to pass the guard or build your strength and conditioning for a tournament. However, if we wish to train into old age...there are some aspects of HOW we train that should be examined.
A child who starts jiu-jitsu at a young age has the potential to be an extraordinary human being if they stick with it. The philosophy learned on the jiu-jitsu mats will be lessons a child will take with them for the rest of their life. It’s important for both the parents and the child to know what a healthy commitment to this sport can do to improve their household and standard of living! Jiu-Jitsu forces the growth and evolution of our minds. There should be a small focus on the belt promotions and sparring/tournament performances and a big focus on the improvements made since the child’s first day of class. With this mindset, the entire family will find the rewards of jiu-jitsu as priceless.
Adults of all ages can enjoy a lifestyle revolved around Jiu-Jitsu. However, it is important for the new students to keep their expectations in check. Jiu-Jitsu can be a long road for beginners. Again, it’s important to focus on the improvements made since your first class...rather than focusing on your promotions and sparring/tournament performances. Although it’s not required for a student to compete, it’s important to understand that jiu-jitsu is building the best version of ourselves. Competing is what pushes our sport and us as individuals towards progress.
The new student must decide for themselves what jiu-jitsu can do to enhance their life. There is no right or wrong answer. The only action required is in-fact ACTION! Show up to class and allow your instructors to lead you towards your goals. Communicate your concerns and obstacles. Jiu-Jitsu is a team sport. We don’t progress without each other.
There’s a reason it takes 10 years on average for a Jiu-Jitsu practitioner to reach the black belt…..
- Jeff Spain Jr
Jeff Spain Jr
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Brown Belt