The West Side Band of Brothers in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

West Side Tue Class 14-MAY-2013 (1)West Side Tue Class 14-MAY-2013 (2)

I was going to title this post, “What do you do when someone intentionally tries to hurt you in class”.  But that just did not seem very catchy.  I have been hurt and seen others hurt.  Through all of it, I know of only one time someone intentionally did something to cause injury.  A visitor to class decided that thumbing the eyes was a valid technique.  The guy he did it too finished him with a triangle choke.  I have seen multiple times and been a recipient of  techniques gone wrong.  The first instinct is rage followed by retaliation.  Which leads to why I titled this blog “The West Side Band of Brothers in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu”.  Do you see the picture at the top of this post?  It was from Tuesday’s night class.  We trained for the majority of the class.  We laughed, tapped, and submitted.  I keep nights like last night in mind,when I think I have been wronged.  I do not want that brotherhood to be broken.  So I check my anger, seek out the real reason for the pain and move on.  I am quick to make sure I do not cause offense and repair any that may be perceived.  As a general rule of thumb, everyone in BJJ that I have associated with has been the most genuine, friendly, caring, and amiable in character.  So let me end with this.  If you do not feel that way about the school you attend, like I do, find one you do.  You can always come join us.

Jiu-Jitsu is Life and Life is Jiu-Jitsu

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