I have to admit, there was a brief second I was seriously contemplating putting up the song “True Colors”- but then I actually read the lyrics for the first time in my life, and decided against it.
In moments of duress people tend to show their “true colors”- how they handle stressors and deal with the problem at hand. We all know how to smile politely and say things that people want to hear, say we’re fine when we are not, but when training those sorts of things are put to the side: your actions and reactions speak volumes when you roll, whether you intend them to or not.
And in the beginning when training you may react to this stress in a…less than graceful fashion. It’s ok, we’ve all been there at some point or another. I feel that a real growth in character happens when you have the humility to realize these flaws, and do something about them. Jiu jitsu time and time again gives you the opportunity to grow in skill, athletic ability and character- to honestly improve in your technique, and honestly become a better person all around.
Anyway, enough rambling: have a great day everyone!