I might be getting older every day as all of us, but there is just one day a year where you really notice it. On your birthday when suddenly your age is 24 instead of 23. You had a whole year of getting used to answer 23 when somebody asked you how old you were and now finally you got the answer wired and it changes. Great. Well. I guess if that means you can do shenanigans like the ones on the picture I can live with that. Still getting stronger and learning something every day.
Thanks for all the birthday wishes!
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One year ago my white belt became a blue belt. I had trained (and quit) Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu many times for over 10 years. Most of the time, I'd train for 1 month and then quit. My longest stint was when I fought in my first MMA fight in 2008--3 months. I really wanted to be good at BJJ but didn't want to put in the work required.
In March of 2016, I decided I was going to try Jiu-Jitsu again, with the caveat that I had to see it through to blue belt. At that point, I had changed my life significantly and had dedicated to substantial endeavors, including years of competitive experience in strength sports and 6 years in the military. I was a different person and I knew that this time I'd able to do it. Whether I continued or not after that, I could reevaluate later. But I wanted show myself that I could dedicate to the process and make measurable progress. It was a non-negotiable tenet of me joining again.
By the time I received my blue belt a year ago, there was no longer a question of whether or not I'd continue. My passion for Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu has only increased since. I can no longer picture my life without it--it's become a part of who I am. I look forward to the formidable journey to black belt. I don't even think about the next belt anymore, it's simply going to be a consequence of dedication and consistency. #FightLiftMove