There’s a joke in the Jiu Jitsu community about blue belts who seem to vanish into thin air as soon as they get promoted.
Unfortunately, this tends to be a reality more than just a joke. The biggest issue with some people when they start training is not knowing the difference between training “intensity” and “consistency”.
In the video below, I discuss the importance of finding balance in life with Jiu Jitsu.
Very well said Professor! I agree 💯, it’s definitely all about balance!
I’m feeling a little called out here Sir, and I can only think of one way to fix that...
Ang., you are right on 100%. I was one of those who stopped after 4 stripped blue(8 years). Judo was my passion and where my heart was willing to conquer those "next mountains" you speak of. 8 years to 1st degree BB and 6 more years to 2nd degree BB. It was total commitment to training, weight room, watching tons of judo video and competitions. Many visits to the chiropractor/rehab from injuries.
Still rockin the blue belt ya'll gave me 10 years ago. Life got in the way a bit, then got injured for a while, health got bad, but still managing to stay in the sport! Thank you all again for the awesome instruction during my time there!
Love this. Embrace the journey. Focus on balance.
My very first introductory lesson was in December of 1998, I officially joined what then the Gracie Gracie Jujitsu Academy the following month, January of 1999. The Warrior way school was at another location not far from where is is now, and present building was only 1/3 of the size that it is now.
Professor Harvey Harvy Berman was a blue belt, professor Brandon Fracassi-McDaniel was simply another budding begging student not long out of high school and professor Angelo was having success at another school before converting over to Warrior way. I had a series of successful fights at the now defunct Kerry Roops Super Kicks in those days when Scoot Lewis and Big Don Richards were my corner men.
Fast forward to the present. Those gentlemen went on to obviously become not only Black Belts, but instructors. Me however, remained a Blue Belt for the better part of over fifteen years. Why? As Angelo stated, " life gets in the way" if I'm correct.
In my case: school, work schedule being a care giver and chronic insomnia, and sinus infection that still plagues me to this day, sidelined me for years.
I can't begin to tell you how many years that I have missed collectively, nor can I tell you how many hours that I have on the mat, collectively. ( My blue blue pictured has never been washed, three of the stripes were replaced over the years and yes, I retraced the autograph of the great Royce Gracie. ) I can tell you how disappointing it is to not be were one should be with this amount of time invested BJJ. I can recall the likes of once white belts come in like Christopher Abro and Stuart Lee first started and who are now well on their way to becoming black belts (Hoorah). These are examples of consistently of what training will yield.
The bottom line is, you have to find other things in life to supplement Jujitsu without abandoning Jujitsu. Doing a little at time is better than NOT doing any for a long time!! Trust me!
My first love is running and triathlon. I have no illusions about ever becoming a black belt, if I make it to Brown belt before the age of 60, I will be content. So I do BJJ whenever I can.
So all of you Blue Belt who are thinking about quitting. Take it from an old pro who is a once was. Again, it is better that you do a little Jujitsu over a long period of time, rather than do a long period of time with NO Jujitsu. Nowadays when I go, I look at it as a party that I know, I'm not going to hear my favorite song, but at least I get to dance with others. Just have fun with it!! 😉
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