Doing Brazilian Jiu Jitsu has been one of the best experiences and has made me reach so far outside of my comfort zone and even though it doesn’t get any easier, I’m so glad I’m committed to the long game.
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7 Things I Wish I Knew Before Starting Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Two years ago, in the midst of planning a big online event with “getting outside your comfort zone” as a theme, I found myself with an interesting realization: even though I was extolling the virtues of getting outside your comfort zone, it had been a long time since I had followed that exact advice. At the risk of sounding hypocritical, I decided to look around for something to challenge me. I settled on trying a new sport, Brazilian jiu-jitsu.
Let me just say prior to stepping into the academy, I’d never seen a class or watched a competition. All I knew was you fought on the ground and wore a Gi. My friend Josh agreed to go with me on a beginners day and it was distinctly apparent I was just that, a beginner. Luckily, I was paired up with an amazing partner and was taught some great fundamentals over the first several classes I attended. I’d like to point out that even though I’m now a blue belt, which is one up from a beginner rank, I still feel like I have no idea what I’m doing most of the time. Each day I learn something new.
In this episode, I’m talking through why I joined, why I really appreciate jiu-jitsu, and what it’s taught me. I’m also sharing seven things I wish I knew before I started…little lessons that I had to learn the hard way. In particular, I’m sharing some things about about Brazilian jiu-jitsu from a female perspective that may help other women who are thinking of joining.
On Today’s Episode
- The advice I finally took for myself
- Why I love Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
- 7 things I wish I knew before I started BJJ
- …and more
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