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The Thing About Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

I’ve been wanting to blog about Brazilian jiu jitsu (BJJ) for a while. But, even though I’ve been training consistently for over a year, learning a bunch and moving slowly, snail-like, up the ranks…

Even though I’ve upgraded my gear, getting fun new gis and rashguards and SWAG…

Even though I’ve attended a kick-ass women’s grappling camp and competed in (…and won my division in??!) a small local tournament…

…BJJ is so hard to talk about!

Seriously, you should see my notes. They’re terrible. Especially when you’re a white belt, it’s impossible to technically explain how to do an armbar in less than 500 words in a way that’s guaranteed not to confuse the hell out of you when you re-read your notes in 24 hours. And have you ever tried drawing stick figures choking each other out? It’s a lot harder than you’d think.

That doesn’t discount how important this sport has become in my life, though. When things chase me in my nightmares, I no longer lose my vision, then my legs, then my voice. I choke those mofo’s out. In contrast, when I was running consistently, I could still never outrun the nightmare creatures.

But, shoot, guys, I really love BJJ. So I’m going to start talking about it.

I did just get my blue belt today… I suppose it’s time.

Blue Belt

 Is there something you love that you feel like you should talk about more? Tell me about it in the comments!

3 thoughts on “The Thing About Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

  1. Hello, Elaine! Thank you for sharing your thoughtful article about Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, your journey is absolutely inspiring for those martial artists is about to quit and I am one of them. Thank you once again for the powerful and encourageable words.
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  2. Brazilian Jiu-jitsu is such an incredible sport. I have been doing it for the last 6 years (I am currently a blue belt) and it’s improved everything from my mental and physical wellbeing. I’ve tried so hard to get people I know to start it but a lot of people just think of it as cuddling in pyjamas haha. Good luck on your patch to purple and beyond!

    1. Yeah, I call it “hugs for thugs”! I’ve had a terrible training slump in the past few months and it really is bumming me out (not able to go as often as I’d like). It was very unexpected how good for my mental health jitz turned out to be. Thanks for stopping by. 🙂

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