It aint easy finding that perfect balance between family, work, school and Jiu-Jitsu. It's even more amazing when you consider that training in Jiu-Jitsu in Lincoln, Nebraska is almost like being a part of a sub-culture. Most likely, none of your friends or family members really know what Jiu-Jitsu is. And if they actually know it's Jiu-Jitsu rather than Karate, they really don't understand what it is you do. Bakari Akil posted a funny write-up on his blog, Jiu-Jitsu 365, about how his folks responded to his recent belt promotion. I've gotten to the point where I just tell people I practice martial arts.
My point is that you're not using your valuable time to take part in something that everyone can relate to. Around here, relatively speaking, only a handful of people know what Jiu-Jitsu is. The last time I had to ask for a Saturday off from work for a Jiu-Jitsu tournament, I got some pretty strange looks. If we were all on an intramural basketball team, most people wouldn't bat an eye at the amount of time dedicated to our training.
A couple of weeks ago, Elyse Goldberg posted the first video of a series on her blog, Gringa BJJ. This short documentary, Jiu-Jitsu: Lifestyle, got me thinking about how Jiu-Jitsu has affected and even changed my life. Of course this is nothing new to anyone who trains in Jiu-Jitsu. It is truly an addiction.
The documentary profiles Virginia Commonwealth University Students and Richmond Jiu-Jitsu athletes as they try to find the balance between work, family and their love for the sport. They talk about various aspects of their training and teaching style, and different events they've competing in.
It brings home the reality that there are so many similarities to all of us as we work towards finding that balance in our lives. It always amazes me when I think about the diverse group of individuals we have at our school and how each of us makes it work in our individual lives.
Jiu-Jitsu: Lifestyle (1 of 3)
Jiu-Jitsu: Lifestyle (2 of 3)
Jiu-Jitsu: Lifestyle (3 of 3)