21 BJJ Improvements: 9 permanent life change

Part 9 of 21 improvements BJJ has had on my life. This was inspired by Tangled Triangle: 21 Days of Improvement. You can read my Part 8 here!

9/21 Improvements from BJJ: Permanent life change!

I recognize that making this declaration that I’ll do BJJ forever may be premature, but I realized that in January, I’ll have been doing BJJ for 10% of my life. Weird.

97 years old blue belt

There are a lot of sports that have a time limit because of how hard it is on your body. Sports with kicking and punching or throwing get very hard on the body and it’s hard to sustain it. You rarely see 60 or 70 year olds doing MMA.

Jiu jitsu, however, is described as the “gentle art” and is something that one can do in the silver and golden years.

Jim Capener, the second highest ranked black belt in Korea, once told me that he gave up tae kwon do because it was too hard on his body, but that jiu jitsu is something he can do until he dies.

I found a love in jiu jitsu, and even when I severely injured my back, I couldn’t stay away. I don’t do that for anything I don’t love – going to class and just observing and not being able to participate. BJJ affected me in a profound way and has quickly become one of the most important things in my life. I’m really excited that I will be able to do it for the rest of my life – til death do we part, jiu jitsu!

Jiu Jiu’s Question: Do you feel jiu jitsu is a permanent addition to your life, or do you mentally have a time limit on it?