This weekend I listened to two recent interviews done by FightWorksPodCast.com. They were Royler Gracie (#200) and Chris Moriarty (#201). I also read Georgette’s World, her post "Why Compete" along with Liam of Part Time Grappler’s thoughts on her post entitled "On Competition Motivation". They all had a central theme in my mind, that was happiness and BJJ. It seems Royler is tired and needs to spend more time with his family. He has turned over teaching for the most part to others in Brazil and moved to the US. Chris burnt out on other’s expectations and over training. He had to scale back and do BJJ for himself and his love of it. Georgette competes for the rush of it while Liam finds coaching the most fulfilling. I think all are valid. I have been struggling with some of the same thoughts. I especially connected with what Chris Moriarty had to say. He admitted to being so rabid about his involvement with Jiu-Jitsu and so worried about what others thought of his game that he trained with ringworm on his face and denied it when asked. Royler and Chris talked about not worrying about winning every time you roll. Royler said you should prefect a technique against a white belt. Be willing to take chances and learn during a roll. You can lose and still win by learning. This is what I have found to some degree. If I let my ego go and worked on the technique I had a goal of mastering, instead of worrying about the win, I had a much better time. I lose now to people that in the eyes of others I shouldn’t but I think I’m starting to see the pay off. I’ve found my "Happy Place". I’ve seen the techniques I’m working on improve against more difficult opponents and I want to be in at Jiu-Jitsu each week despite injury. I hope this helps you find your "Happy Place" in BJJ. As always . . .
Jiu-Jitsu is Life and Life is Jiu-Jitsu.