A while back I did a post entitled “Where Do You Wear Your Gi?” I came to the realization I was not ashamed to be seen in public in my gi. I had confidence in my BJJ. Yesterday I received this comment on my post:
“You people can make whatever justification that makes you feel better, but this is just you wanting to show off. It’s cocky and stupid. I can certainly understand having to stop somewhere after and not having time to change, but I fail to understand why you would keep the jacket on… No doubt, if all you have on is underwear on your pants you of course keep them on, but keeping the jacket it on is pure cock. Like you seriously have no shirt… lol you just made excuses for yourself, total unchecked pride. " – [firstname.lastname@example.org]
Mr. Whatever was more then willing to express his opinion from the safety of anonymity. At first I thought of just clicking the “trash” for this comment like I do for the spam that gets through the filters. But the more I thought about it the more I saw it as how I might have reacted before building confidence in the art I love so much. I could see his reaction being applied to anything that was outside my comfort zone. The first thing I would do was rationalize a way to dismiss what was causing me discomfort. Saying that wearing a gi in public was “cocky and stupid”, “pure cock”, along with “total unchecked pride” seemed overkill. Mr. Whatever could dismiss something that was so lacking in good sense and humility when he labeled it so.
I came to the conclusion that Mr. Whatever hasn’t built his confidence in BJJ yet. He might be a Nogi guy with a chip on his shoulder about the gi. He might say the same about military personnel in uniform off base. What ever the case I am well pleased with my Jiu-Jitsu and my gi. I am also a member of BJJ Gi Addicts Anonymous. So whether it be red, white, or blue no matter the hue, I’ll have my gi on and hope you do too!
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