Defining Victory Part 3: Victory defined by lifelong friendships

Published on October 3, 2018

Victory defined by lifelong friendships

Before training BJJ, I was an interesting combination of being outgoing with my friends but shy around new people. It was an odd combination of being too afraid to make new friends and just not wanting to make the effort since I already had a core group of friends. We had been together for over half of our lives at that point. Distance and time were starting to take a toll on these friendships. We would continually keep in touch but it became harder and harder to match up our schedules to actually get together. Now I was stuck—too shy to make new friends and my close friends being too busy to hang out. After a few months of BJJ, I noticed a change. I had become part of a much larger group. This group was diverse in personalities, ages, and backgrounds. All of a sudden it wasn’t just about the training. I was looking forward to each session as an opportunity to hang out with my new friends. Through Jiu Jitsu, I became friends with people who I would have never encountered outside of the gym. Meeting these people opened up new experiences and opportunities in my life. As a kid I had always wanted to get involved with hunting. No one in my family had any knowledge of the subject and neither did I. For those of you who don’t know, hunting on your own is not an easy task, especially in a state that doesn’t offer many public land hunting opportunities. Much earlier in my life I realized I didn’t have an in into the hunting community. As a result, I put it on the back burner. A couple of years into Jiu Jitsu, I found out that some of my friends and training partners were life-long hunters. I talked to them about how I’ve always wanted to get into archery and hunting and didn’t know how or where to start. They invited me hunting and took the time to show me the basics to get me started. Now, thanks to this new group of friends, Jiu Jitsu, archery, and hunting are all battling for my favorite things to do outside of work. BJJ gave me the opportunity to meet these people and also gave me the chance to delve into one of my greatest passions, hunting, rather than just wishing I could have tried it.

Jiu Jitsu as a martial art is as real as you can get. It doesn’t lie with fancy flips, board breaking, and yelling. There is nothing wrong with flips and board breaking but those are more of a show to impress others. When training Jiu Jitsu, you are opening yourself up and sharing all of your flaws to someone else. You are trusting your training partners and keeping them safe. This trust builds a bond stronger than any work relationship that can ever be built in an office. You are bonded through sweat, blood, and hard work. Each person has their own individual goals but is working at achieving them through the same passion. If you allow it, Jiu Jitsu can bring lifelong happiness though physical health, mental stimulation, and lifelong friendships.

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