A wise man once shared this. Ok. It was Kyle. And he said it about 10 minutes ago on instagram. But it captures a ton of what is awesome about Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.
Today was my first time doing No Gi training. Basically wearing a rash guard and shorts. And it sucked. I was nervous. And I don’t do well when I am nervous. My anxiety and autoimmune issues kick in and I get hives and migraines. Not a ton of fun.
But as I have shared before the mats have become a safe place for me. And Thursday lunch crew is a very safe group. The first hurdle is wearing a tight shirt. For a big guy this is no fun. I picture Chris Farley’s “Fat man in a little coat” routine. Second hurdle. No Gi is really different. My strength was not as effective as Gi training and that left me exposed multiple times. I rolled two rounds. One with Kyle and one with Coach Turtle. I lost count, but I think I got tapped out 8 times in 12 minutes. That is kind of hard to do, unless you suck bad.
But I had a ton of fun and became more comfortable with the uncomfortable. The humility train was right on time and I am a regular commuter these days.
Thanks for the lessons. In BJJ there is only winning and learning. Oh. And bruising. There is a lot of bruising…
4 thoughts on “Embrace the Suck”
With some research the quote “Embrace the Suck” can be attributed to Col. Austin Bay.
I just wrote an article Today about my experiences rolling Gi vs. NoGi! What was your take away from NoGi class? I mean other than bruises of course haha
It was faster. I realized I rely heavily on my strength to control with the Gi. And I am. It as comfortable pulling guard. No Gi exposed that more. So. I have some stuff to work on. That’s what my take away is!
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Same experience here. 👍🏼