Wow thought this article was super fantastic and really hit home… I attached a link below.
The writer of this article asked 11 different BJJ instructors from different clubs and different skill levels to state things that they normally wouldn’t tell their students. At my personal level, I consider myself a coach… been coaching on and off taking over classes here and there until our two main BJJ coaches left us to pursue aspirations in southern Ontario… the mecca of BJJ in Ontario, Toronto. I believe, I officially took over running these classes late last year pretty much after John Veale finished his last exam… i think or was it the year before… grrr not sure lack of sleep from baby waking up is blinding me lol… we helped loaded his cube truck and that was it. Full-time coaching the BJJ classes on Sundays and Tuesdays, I was a little bit perturbed, now I wasn’t allowed to be only focused on myself all the time, training always consumed me, especially competition. I was addicted to competition, especially after my first one, now I was limited to minus, yes two nights a week. Pros and cons… pros and cons… another part of my journey I guessed and trail blazed through… To fully understand technique you must know how to teach them accordingly… still frustrating though not being able to drill… yes I love drilling. Worst is when the classes are odds and with time management of having the classes run on time I had to remove myself from the mix at times, irrational it was. I used to train five to six days a week at its peak, addiction? Yes. Full-time job and wife. Coached two of those days a week so it went down to four or five depending on if the numbers were even including myself. No dice with drilling, so I started coming earlier to get the weights and some lifting in to keep up with the missed training. Baby popped out on Dec 23rd 2014… yes a baby, love the dude seriously… I love him… but now I’m down to four days a week “sarcasm?”. Two of them? Coaching is BS I’ll tell you BS… naw… its all good. Life I’ll tell you, similar to BJJ ups and downs, unforgettably moments and surprises . Mind you with the baby and minimal sleep, it has opened up other doors an opportunity to share what I’ve learned with all my years in BJJ, even though I consider myself a fetus compared to others in this Martial Art. It’s integrally why I started blogging, extra down time with a baby… hopefully someone else sees my BJJ journey, can sympathize, can relate. We humans need support systems. Support and welcoming of new practitioners into BJJ. It’s how we maintain positive growth in our BJJ communities. This article really hit home and is hilarious at the same time… Again I’m only a purple belt, not a black belt… yes #purplebeltproblems we have them too lol… I’ve added my two cents, or some may say half a cent of comments only, as additional feedback. lmao.