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No Joy Without Pain in BJJ

Its a concept we are all familiar with.  How can you understand happiness or joy if you don’t know pain or misery? I was inspired by Georgette’s post "I Cried This Morning" and Ben’s post "A Ass Kicking in the Right Direction" today.  I’ve blogged about "Finding Your Happy Place in Jiu-Jitsu" and my thoughts.  Mark also helped me form my thoughts in his post "The Dip and Jiu-Jitsu".

What does it all boil down to?  Its a constant struggle of ups and downs.  We take the good with the bad and keep going.  Its time to think large (The Small and Large of it in Jiu-Jitsu) and not dwell on the moment that is discouraging us.

This is another reason to keep a Journal.  The old adage "If you forget history your are doomed to repeat it" applies.  If you chronicle your training you can look back and say "hey, I remember what it was like when I couldn’t even do a scissor sweep".  You can see the larger picture and the moment in time that is causing you pain is swallowed up in the greater success you have had over time.

After all anything worth having requires blood, sweat, and tears or else it wouldn’t be worth having because you wouldn’t appreciate it.

Jiu-Jitsu is Life and Life is Jiu-Jitsu

2 Responses to “No Joy Without Pain in BJJ”

  1. Work. Keep digging your well.
    Don’t think about getting off from work.
    Water is there somewhere.
    Submit to daily practice.
    Your loyalty to that
    Is a ring at the door.
    Keep knocking, and the joy inside
    Will eventually open a window
    and look out to see who’s there.

    Mevlana Rumi (1207 – 1273)

  2. […] I’m back in the fray!  Last night was the first time in a month that I got to practice.  It was great to be back with the guys and do BJJ.  What amazed me most is how things change.  What I mean is after missing a month I don’t know if they got that much better or me that rusty.  Its true I’m not that great at nogi.  But still I just didn’t seem to have the edge I did before I had to sit out.  Of course I’m stiff and sore this morning.  It was all to be expected.  I guess its time to work on pulling myself out of the Dip. […]