Most people start Jiu-Jitsu with the goal of achieving their black belt. Over the years the journey becomes so much more than that. Jiu-Jitsu causes individuals to become the best version of themselves that they can be. Challenging them mentally, physically and even emotionally. People step on the mats with goals in mind, however what the journey actually entails is hardly ever what is anticipated, but what is needed.
Jiu-Jitsu is such an amazing art of human chess, cause constant problem solving, focus, and movement. Learning more techniques then adding them to the arsenal. Yes, a Jiu-Jitsu black belt is very respected because it takes a long time to earn, but it becomes less about the black belt and more about the journey of what happens along the way.
The beauty of every black speech on Wednesday was how different each one was. Everyone’s journey is different and takes them different places, with different challenges to overcome to achieve different victories. Quite parallel to life.
For a brand new white belt, this is the end goal. For the black belts? This is just the beginning of the next step of the journey. The knowledge of Jiu-Jitsu runs so deep, with techniques ever evolving and ever changing. What other sport can you train safely, 12 months of the year and constantly be motivated by challenges and successes?
It was very enlightening to hear each newly promoted black belt talk about the community, the team on the mats. When you’re learning together, wrestling together, going for tournament trips together – it is inevitable the friendships deepen as the Jiu-Jitsu grows. It is such a healthy and positive environment to be in, everyone keeps coming back.
The beauty of training the martial art of Jiu-Jitsu is that it strengthens and empowers far more than just the mind. The work that happens on the mats reaches the heart and soul. Through learning, challenges, victories, achievements – the journey never ends as long as you step on those mats.
The best thing we can do invest in ourselves, the time is going to pass anyways – what are you working towards?