There are no shortcuts in life and even more so when embarking on a BJJ-adventure. Only through rigorous training, you will develop the aforementioned attributes and many more. Not only will you increase in physical strength and proprioception, but will grow in confidence and a centred awareness of yourself and those around you.
You will be exposed to effective techniques that will challenge your aggression and self-preservation. You are responsible to maintain control at all times and refrain in feeding your pride. Like most things in life, you require partners and BJJ is no difference. Those you share the mat with will become ‘family’ and will assist in pulling, pushing and guiding you towards self-discovery. You will shed sweat and blood together and on occasion a couple of tears. You will not be able to grow without your ‘family’, so respect your training partners and take care of them.
Martial Arts is a microcosm that encapsulates a symbiotic relationship of self-growth. Celebrate the growth of teammates and your progress is intertwined with theirs. Be patient with yourself and others and I will guarantee that you will develop and grow towards the person you set out to discover. Be honest with yourself and others.
We all started this journey years ago and had to tie our own white belts numerous times. And truth be told, you will never learn so much about yourself as you will do during your white belt season. With enthusiasm, we await you to join us, for we want to share in your growth.
Abrie JF Kilian