Just a quick post this morning to share the great news. Last night was promotion night at Iron Dog Jiu Jitsu here in Northern Virginia.
Congratulations to all of my teammates & friends who received stripes and belt promotions!! Along with several stripes bestowed, Professor promoted Terry, Joe, Roy, and me to blue belt; Zach to purple belt; and Emil to brown belt w/ red bar. After promotions and pictures, we had a great 40+ mins of rolling … just to make sure those new belts didn’t stay clean and sweat-free for long!
A fantastic night!
On a personal note – last night was a big deal for me. Since joining Krav Maga Northern Virginia in January 2012, I have worked harder than any other time in my life. Prior to 2012, the most difficult physical challenge I faced was the Marine Corps Marathon in 2007. That was hard, no doubt about it. But after that, it was year-after-year of watching UFC while slamming back Guinness and stuffing fried-whatever into my face. [Note: if you do this long enough, you’ll eventually reach 255lbs…I do not recommend it.]
Aside from losing 30 lbs and being stronger physically (although I still have many improvements to make), the greatest benefit of these last two years is becoming mentally stronger. Even though BJJ is practiced in a safe/structured environment, it’s still a FIGHT. You have to use both brawn AND brain to work your way out of a bad position or submission attempt. There’s still a mental toughness required to keep rolling when you’re completely exhausted. There’s a mindset needed when you know you are entering a match with someone significantly better than you…getting tapped…then getting up and diving right back in [not head-first, mind you…or Zach will guillotine-choke you until you blow snot bubbles].
Anyway – BJJ has neatly woven itself into my life, and I’m not looking back. I may not be a black belt until I’m 55…and while that’s my goal, it’s certainly not the most important aspect of this journey. It’s really about camaraderie. It’s about hard work and dedication. It’s about discipline. It’s about pushing yourself and those you train with really hard…
All those things you learn about when you’re young, but somehow forget as you sit at your desk choosing fonts for your next PowerPoint presentation to the boss.
Hi – I’m Kris, and I’m the newest and happiest BJJ blue belt on planet Earth.
Take care of each other. Cheers!