I hate to be that person to say they need to take a break just as we start rolling. It’s not my pride or my ego that I’m afraid to damage. It’s just the fact that I can’t even last through a whole class anymore! Hahaha
I haven’t solidly trained for quite some time now and getting back in class seriously kicked my butt.
But it felt so good, ya know? Getting back into the rhythm, remembering all of these movements, seeing my teammates and just being back on the mat altogether.
But holy crap, I don’t remember a time where I’ve been more out of breath in my life. Not to mention every fiber of my body is sore. But I guess this is just motivation to get back in right?!
Jiu-Jitsu for sure will save your ass, one way or another. Not necessarily a physical fight but also being able to deal with yourself, know about yourself, and really improve yourself as a whole.
The deepest benefits of Jiu Jitsu come off the mat. It encourages a world-view based upon the idea of rational problem solving. Jiu Jitsu is all about solving problems that are rapidly changing under stress, and that gives you an ability to identify the crux of the problem in front of you, even in a stressful situation and adapt your body and tactics to overcome that problem and to continue overcoming it as the problem itself changes. It encourages you to use a very rational trial and error method, basically the same method that science uses to overcome these problems. So it gives you this sort of problem solving mindset, which I think applies throughout life itself.
If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.