Let me be clear: I can claim NO expertise in jiu jitsu. I have only been involved since January. So, what can I possibily tell you about jiu jitsu after just 6 months of practice?
But I CAN tell you some lessons I have learned from those 6 months. Not about jiu jitsu, but about living, about starting new things, and about learning.
This is not my first foray into the martial arts. It is more a lifelong interest.
During my teen years, I took tae kwon do. Lacking in natural coordination and strength, I was gangly and a non-natural. But I took classes for years. I even advanced through the ranks.
When I left for college, I packed up my gi and belts, and I didn’t take any further lessons. Although I threatened to many times. I just let life get in the way.
Until this year. I turned 52 in March. But before the new year, I decided that I would give jiu jitsu a try… at least while it was cold and I couldn’t be outside as much as I would like. After waiting to make sure our insurance policy was in place, and both of our adult children had left us after the holidays, I headed to class.
This week, I’ll share 5 big lessons I have learned along the way.