By way of a journal entry. I tapped out Pat Monday for the first time. No, small accomplishment in my book. I was 1-4 against him that night. I still have Chris, Miles, and Grayson to go and then Mark. But one tap out at a time.
Pat was in a gi and the Ezekiel I got on him wouldn’t fly in no-gi but that’s the point of a gi isn’t it. It was the first time I had seen Pat in a gi, as a matter of fact.
I’m not trying to brag. Its just that others who have been training longer then you have are always progressing too. They remain a step ahead of you. To make a small leap and catch up for a bit is exciting. I see it in the white belts eyes after I tap them out. They are thinking just what I’m thinking about those better then me. "When will I ever tap this guy you!". "Will he always be better then me?" I want to tell them to hang in there. I try to tell them but I wonder if they believe me. When they move up in rank they will still be in the same situation. Over coming discouragement is part of learning. Learning takes time and effort. But I’m human and I often think "I give myself very good advice but I seldom listen" – Alice.
Jiu-Jitsu is Life and Life is Jiu-Jitsu