Back in June I decided to compete in my first Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu tournament. I wrestled in high school and Jiu-Jitsu is the closest thing to wrestling in martial arts. I work in finance. I push paper all day behind. I sit behind a solid wood desk. It’s not a physical job. My muscles (and my brain) were getting atrophy so I decided I needed something to do (since I am not doing well on my surfing rock/climbing goal). I joined a Jiu-Jitsu gym and have loved it.
I started Jiu Jitsu in February and I am still at the lowest level – the white belt. However, it’s really a blessing to be the newest guy in the gym. You can make mistakes, try something funky and new and if it doesn’t work, you’ll get choked out…but you probably would have been choked out anyway so no one thinks twice about it. I feel sorry for the higher ranked belts who have to be perfect everyday.
So I took a risk. I competed, not knowing what to expect and it paid off. Check #82 of the list, I won 1st!