During the last day of our trip to Long Beach for Master Worlds, we ended up at one of the beaches in the area overlooking the gorgeous….tankers and industrial stuff that covered the shoreline.
Anyway, the team ended up walking/climbing along a rock jetty on the beach, which was pretty interesting, particularly because I was already in city shoes with little to no traction- not “walking and climbing on a bunch of big rocks” shoes. So what the heck does this have to do with jiu jitsu? I started to wonder the same thing as I climbed along. And surprisingly, a lot more than you would initially think. You climb along the rocks, jumping from one to the other- sometimes you leap over areas some people have difficulty navigating, sometimes you are temporarily stuck in spots that others may breeze through. Sometimes to continue you just have to make a leap of faith onto an area you’re not entirely sure is safe, and trust that you can land without doing any serious damage to yourself. You continue along, even gain a little rhythm, even some momentum to your movements. You occasionally stop to look back and you’re surprised at how much progress you’ve made, even though it feels like you really haven’t gone all that far. Sometimes you underestimate how well you’ll do, other times you overestimate and falter a little, but the important thing is that you keep going. As long as you don’t stop- you adapt, you learn, you continue to progress.
Those are just my “deep thoughts”. Just keep working at it, and you will eventually progress in jiu jitsu. 🙂
Have a great day everyone!