I have to be completely honest and transparent here. When I started my Jiu-Jitsu journey, I was doing it for self-defense-ONLY! I cared to protect myself, be better at work, and protect my family in the best possible way I could. With the influence of some excellent individuals and coaches (I can’t stress this enough) that I train with all the time, I learned to grow and respect the belt ranking system. Something I never even gave a thought to before. I am new to this disciple, I am a rookie, but this is one of the most exciting journeys and lifestyles that I have done. Those that know me or know my story know that I love aggression, I love adrenaline, I love the mind, and I love to be in peak performance. Jiu-Jitsu provides all this and more!
For people, especially men (present company included), being humbled is a tough pill to swallow. Training in Jiu-Jitsu does this daily, and it shapes you into a well-rounded individual while sharpening the intangible traits. The belt/stripe system gives you a goal and a tangible object to meet. Many of us need something to externally let us know that we are understanding the techniques and are able to move up the ladder. Much respect for this discipline and art!