The journey of an aspiring fighter #55

Published On March 24, 2014 | By Helen Harper | Blog

Perhaps the most important part of my life journey was my discovery of Jiu Jitsu. It came about through an unlikely source but after completing my first session I knew I was hooked. It’s been a long road, full of ups and downs but I know the further down the road I get, the more focused, determined and dedicated I will become.

Life is full of simple pleasures. What these pleasures are obviously differ from person to person, but we all need those few little things where we can just sit back and smile, whilst thinking, “Yes. This is why I’m here”.

I truly believe we create our own destiny, however some things were just ‘meant to be’. When we meet people in extraordinary circumstances, this is life’s little way of progressing you. Every person that comes in to your life will be there for a reason – whether it’s to stick around or teach you a lesson you might need in the future.

The question is, how do you know whether some one was introduced in to your life to stay or to teach you a valuable lesson and leave? How do you know whether to trust someone enough to give them a chance to stay? The truth is, you don’t. You have to take a gamble.

People with a similar back ground tend to stick together, as do people with similar interests and hobbies. Martial arts is a rapidly growing sport throughout the whole world, and no matter what country one finds ourself in, we are now bound to be able to find another enthusiast to practice our chosen art.

Why has martial arts in particular taken off so rapidly in the last 10 years? Personally, I find the people who practice a martial art very much more respectful of those around them. Without wanting to show my obvious favoritism, I have particularly noticed this in the Jiu Jitsu world more than any other.

Jiu Jitsu teaches a natural respect for ones self and those around us. Every time you walk on to the mats, it’s a truly humbling experience, knowing where the art has come from and how many enthusiasts it now has throughout the world.

Jiu Jitsu is that one sport where you feel on top of the world one minute, but absolutely broken the next, however you still crave more. You crave to learn more so you can feel that elated feeling once again. Jiu Jitsu is a sport that 90kg men can be beaten by 50kg women, a truly humbling sport where technique absolutely dominates strength and power.

Every matted area becomes a Jiu Jitsu enthusiasts church, a place to come and re-focus their life. You had a bad day? Go to Jiu Jitsu, you will feel better. You had a good day? Go to Jiu Jitsu, you will learn something new.

Jiu Jitsu is capable of banishing even the strongest of egos. Imagine being tapped out by someone half your size? Then you have to start again, you can’t rely on strength in Jiu Jitsu. If you use strength you will tire, and if you tire you will die.

Jiu Jitsu awakens that thirst to learn that so many of us have forgotten in this modern day. You will NEVER know everything. It’s not possible in an ever evolving sport to know EVERYTHING.

This is one of the most humbling things about our sport. We never stop learning. From a white belts desire to survive to a black belts realization that despite the hundreds of tools he now has to work with, only a handful will come to regular use. We all learn, every day no matter what colour our belt is.

If you were ever in any doubt, yes you should. You should try the greatest sport our planet has to offer. Don’t let your ego get in the way, just go with it. Enjoy the happiness Jiu Jitsu will bring you. You will never find another sport quite like it.


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English Mixed Martial Artist fighting out of Andy Roberts BJJ and Legacy BJJ with a pro record of 4-1.

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