Dirtyrancher, a member of Jiu Jitsu Forums has as his signature: Answer: Just go to class.

I realized today the connection between playing an instrument and doing BJJ: Practice makes perfect.

I hope you people appreciate the 15 minutes I took to photochop two random pics together to have a man wearing a gi AND playing an instrument!

“If I miss a day of practice, I know it. If I miss two days, my manager knows it. If I miss three days, my audience knows it.” — André Previn, pianist, conductor, composer

And yet it took me this long to REALLY realize that more hours on the mat = more improvement. I’d been thinking of this mostly from a “get in shape” point of view and following the whole Daily Recommended Allowance of exercise rather than thinking about it from an “improving my BJJ game” point of view.

When we go to class we get  sparring time in, answers to questions, conditioning, time to try things out, learn new moves, refine moves, but really, we get PRACTICE time. Violinists, cellists, pianists, all recognize the value of PRACTICE time.

Today the puzzle pieces of that came together for me. Much like that picture I photochopped of the violin and the karate guy. 🙂 Kind of a “duh” moment for me, but a revelation nonetheless.

What’s your revelation this week? Mine: Just go to class.