Wanting to escape a bad position more than anything and actually getting out.
Passing the guard of any colored belt for the first time.
Rolling overly aggressive with professor because I think if I beat him.... I will make him proud.
Being too aggressive in rolls and accidentally injuring someone.
Being too passive and getting my ass kicked
Almost executing that one technique during a roll but never actually getting it.
Driving home frustrated to tears on those nights of not performing to the unreasonable standards I set for myself.
Winning my first tournament match.
Losing in tournaments in front of friends and family.
Wanting to share the news to someone of any moves I hit successfully during live training.
Getting submitted by someone who I felt I was better than
Submitting someone who I felt was better than me.
Wondering how often professor LETS me win
My first legit takedown
My first real injury from sparring
"All of these experiences have made me a better martial artist. Throughout my training, I found that the things I often felt or perceived to be true...was in fact distorted. Jiu-jitsu is a TEAM sport.....and being of service to the team should take precedence over any personal victories on the mat.. We can't get better without each other..."
Jeff Spain Jr
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Brown Belt