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WOOP! Today is my one year jiu jitsu anniversary \o/ Although I’ve only taken the first steps in what I hope will be a long and happy realtionship with bjj, I wanted to mark the occasion by taking a lil minute to reflect on what I feel has been one of the most rewarding years of my life thus far.
A year ago all I knew was that I wanted to train. Having been made aware of jiu jitsu by a friend and seeing the life changing and positive effects it had had, I was intrigued. Obviously jiu jitsu appealed to me as a sport: the physical and mental challenge of it, the emphasis on technique above strength; providing smaller weaker folk with the tools to overcome larger opponents seemed like something I definately wanted to try.
The aspect which resonates with me most however, is the way those who practice Jiu Jitsu speak and feel about it. Jiu Jitsu is something different to everyone who does it of course, but it quickly became clear that its not just a sport or a hobby but an entire lifestyle, a mind set, a calling or for many a complete world view. Jiu Jitsu can be a unique way of interacting with and perceiving the world.
Pretty big stuff for a sport, and retrospectively the reason I am so very glad I was such a picky bitch about what gym to try start at.
Pretty stoked looking back that I did some serious research into where to go. East Coast Jiu Jitsu Academy proved to embody everything I think is so amazing about Jiu Jitsu, I guess even then I was looking for more than just a hobby (though it obviously helps that in my humble opinion EC does have the best sports jiu jitsu in the country!).
Joining any gym is no easy feat. Its intimidating and you dont know what to expect, and if you are an awkward-in-social-situations old shrew like I was its probably going to be a little uncomfortable. Being a woman in male dominated sport is obviously a whole other topic, but being a girl walking into a class full of lads certainly wasn’t making my apprehension any less. Choosing the right gym (and going with roommates for courage) is so key. The atmosphere and structure I was met with is definately a huge factor in why I’m still doing it a year on.
I could rattle on all day with over emotional faff about East Coast and how great it is, but i guess I’ll just say that it is so very fulfilling to have the opportunity to share the mats with people whose characters and skills i so utterly respect, and who every day inspire me to be better.
I have achieved a lot personally in the past year because of jiu jitsu. It is obviously thrilling to see my own game develop constantly because of the high standard at my gym but Jiu jitsu has changed a lot in my life for the better.
Initially living two hours and two busses away from where I wanted to train, my house is now conveniently located around the corner from my gym. Many of my best friends have now started jiu jitsu or joined my gym and getting to share this experience with them is one of the most rewarding things. Jiu Jitsu is now the main outlet for many of my frustrations and anxieties. My body is different and I’m suddenly really happy in it. I have been injured and healed. I’ve entered a competition and lost. I am more confident, more focused and just generally a happier, much improved version of myself.
I have been given the opportunity to learn from the best, both those in my gym and further afield….
Oh and I got to take part in the first Irish European squad training…
PRETTY GOOD year.
This is already longer than I had intended, and there is obviously so much I haven’t said but most importantly I am still an utter baby in Jiu Jitsu yet it has already enriched my life so much. I guess my goals for the next year are just to keep going, keep improving and become increasingly troublesome for my training partners. \o/
jiu-jitsu hands - Phillip Lietz
spider guard special :)