Ganbarimasu…

I’ve been checking out Adam Adshead’s Conceptual BJJ blog lately, which is a great read. On his “About me” page, he says:

I’m officially the worst person to have ever taken up Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (please don’t try and contest this, as you will fail)

Never one to pass up a challenge, I thought I’d have a go.

I am the worst person ever to have taken up BJJ, and here’s why.

  • I am incredibly lazy by nature
  • I have got weak joints
  • I can barely bust out ten full squats
  • My frame is naturally slight
  • I am constantly plagued by coughs, colds and sore throats
  • I hate physical  mental violence
  • Unless I wash immediately after training, I get a rash on my super-sensitive skin
  • If I train more than two days in a row I get agonizing pain in my forearms

Despite all this crap, for some strange reason, I still persist at BJJ. Why? Because I really, really enjoy it, and I really, really want to get good. I want to be an example for myself, for other people, and one day, for my kids, that if you really want to do something, you can do it, even with the odds stacked against you.

When I finally get my black belt (and I will, one day) I want to look back and think, fuck me that was hard, but I didn’t give up. I did it. And you can, too! Then I’ll point at the camera with my fingers pointing as if they were a gun and I’ll make “pow pow” noises and a post-processed gleam will twinkle off my teeth.

For some reason, one thing that I always think about is teaching my kids BJJ (when they arrive.)

It is something I am really, really looking forward to. I want to have a collection of medals and grubby belts that I can show them and inspire them to do something with. I want to be able to say “Look kids! Your Daddy was weak, lazy and injury-prone, but he didn’t give up and came third in the All Japan Brown Belt absolute division!” Or something.

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4 Responses

  1. Hey,

    Thanks for the kind words and the plug, it;s really appreciated.

    I think I might have to change my about me section now, as luckily I don’t have any of the list above.

    I’m actually the worst at learning things so I guess that’s where my unfounded assumptions came from. My sessions at training used to go like this (infact they still do if I’m learning something massively unfamiliar):

    Coach: (Teaching a basic Kimura from side control) ….now grab his wrist.
    Me: ok, got it.
    Coach: The other way around
    Me: like this?
    Coach: No, on the other side.
    Me: This way?
    Coach: No, that’s the wrong wrist.
    Me: Ohhhh, I’m sorry…got it now.
    Coach: Use your other hand to grab.
    Me: Right, like this?
    Coach: That’s his leg…

    And on it went.

    Good look with your training journey, you’ve already shown that you’ve got the will to succeed and I look forward to reading about it on here.

    All the best,
    Adam Adshead – ConceptualBJJ.wordpress.com

    p.s I’ve put a link to your blog on my blogroll, hope it brings you some extra readers, it’s all about building the online BJJ community at the end of the day.

  2. Your description made me laugh… now imagine that in Japanese!

    Hehe, well it’s not like I’m a paraplegic in a war torn country or anything, but it ain’t exactly easy.

    If you haven’t seen it yet, here’s a clip from my last comp, buried in the archives… experience my suckitude first hand!
    https://mmabjj.wordpress.com/2007/12/01/my-comp-from-a-few-months-ago/

    Thanks a lot for the link. I’ll add yours, too.

  3. While I can’t compete with you guys, I’d say I’m definitely in the top… or is that bottom 10! 🙂 Awesome post!

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