They come for the pie, they stay for the hospitality Part 2

Published on August 31, 2016

I have been training BJJ for close to 11 years.
When I began, I wanted to be the best. I wanted to compete every weekend and my sole reasoning to come to practice every day was to get better. Then life happened. My priorities changed, and while my love for BJJ continued to grow, I had different reasons keeping me on the mat. I still strive to get better but that’s no longer the only driving force to come to class.

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Many people start training in BJJ for one reason or another. Some people want to get in shape, some want to defend themselves, and others are just looking for something to do. Most people still find themselves drawn to class even after their main goal is achieved. So why is this the case? It’s because BJJ is not just another marital art’s class or a way to achieve fitness.

BJJ is a lifestyle.
BJJ becomes part of you and helps define who you are.
BJJ practitioners change their habits for the better.
It’s like you are crazy in love with your first girlfriend and you consistently go out of your way to make her happy. The only class you can make is at 5:00 am? Then you go to sleep earlier so you can make it. Love eating cheeseburgers for dinner, but class is right after dinnertime? You don’t eat that cheeseburger because you do not want to feel awful during class. The lure of the mat is so strong that most people are in it for a long-term investment.

Another reason people stay with BJJ is the relationships that are built throughout the journey. Suddenly, it becomes hard to relate to people who have never trained before. Soon enough all of your closest friends have either been choked by you or choked you on several occasions. It’s crazy how much of a bond you build with people by trying to tap them out. This bond isn’t just on the mats though. You make time to see these people outside of the gym either by watching fights together, taking day trips, or just having them over for a summer BBQ. You will find yourself showing up to class not only to improve yourself, but also to not let your friends down.af8074e109fb82da31af4f462fd786e5

Lastly, most BJJ practitioners need an hour or two of BJJ to just unwind from a long stressful day. Many people have told me that the best part of their day is coming to class. On the mat you can completely forget about all your troubles and worries outside of the gym. Think about it, you can’t fret about your next work project while someone is trying to choke you! This time is truly the most important and relaxing part of the day.

Why are you still training BJJ? Do you think that reason will change in a couple years? Leave a comment and let us know what you think.

-Kail Bosque

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