Part 3 of 21 improvements BJJ has had on my life. This was inspired by Tangled Triangle: 21 Days of Improvement. You can read my Part 1 here!

3/21 Improvements from BJJ: Easier Movement

To me, if life boils down to one thing, it’s movement. To live is to keep moving. —Jerry Seinfeld

Before Jiu Jitsu, my body was very good at staying still. I was excellent at watching tv for long hours, staying in bed for a long time, and laying down with my cat. Sincerely, Ukraine was so cold that for most of the winters, I would put on 4-5 layers of clothing, get under all my blankets, and just lay in bed all day watching tv. When I first started doing BJJ, I noted that my body was like a parked car.

Last night after jiu jitsu class, I laid on my back, lifted my legs, and put them over my head so that my knees rested on my face and my toes were on the ground. This is so effing cool! I got up by just turning over, easily. I sincerely marvel at my ease of movement these days. Even writing this, tears are coming to my eyes – movement is such a gift. I’m free of 85 lbs of size, and my smaller body + jiu jitsu have given me a freedom I never expected. When I sometimes run and it doesn’t feel great, I think “So many people wish they could move – I’m so grateful I can.”

Heck – I can even do things now that looked like mysterious magic for me! Like this move, which, while not perfect – was impossible a few months ago:

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Jiu jitsu has given me this gift, and even on days when I’m squashed and smashed by opponents, I marvel at being able to move my hips, turn, roll, and contort my body in ways I never imagined were possible. That’s why for me, often how I do in class is secondary to doing in class – because it’s all a gift.

Jiu Jiu’s Question: How has jiu jitsu improved your movement?