Seasons of Jiu-Jitsu: A Way of Looking Back
December 10, 2013
Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year.
2013 is drawing to a close. Where 12 months of Jiu-Jitsu, lifestyle, leadership, training, and sacrifices are behind us. We have been great instruments in the promotion of Jiu-Jitsu. From the vantage point of Master Carlos Gracie Jr., we have moved mountains and made differences in the lives of those who were with us in our journey.
The year 2013 is a milestone for the family. Countless tournaments won, schools opened, donation drives, seminars, facebook fans reaching 100k! And the achievement keeps on rolling. An immovable force towards making Jiu-Jitsu for everyone a reality.
For us, the best way to appreciate what we have done is through reflecting. Regardless of belt, or rank, reflection and introspection works. This is because we are capable of learning.
For 2013, here are some questions that we suggest we should start asking ourselves:
How much good have I done for the team?
This is a tough question to answer. As a member of the worlds premier Jiu-Jitsu organization, go back to how you much good you have shown. Goodness and appreciation are both powerful emotions. Good emotions, good vibes will equate to a better YOU.
How many lives have I touched?
This question is linked to how we want to be remembered. As Jiu-jitsu artists, how many lives were we able to influence through the art. Gracie Barra (as I have observed) has been a unique school. The passion alone is contagious. Where it is not all about the number of students that a school signs up. Its not about the numbers, its about the effect that each coach makes in each of their lives.
Growth can be surmised into how balanced you are. Have you been eating better lately? Are you more relaxed? Is your temper now in check? Are you now a far cry from how you were before you started in Jiu-Jitsu? Or for the sake of this article, from 2013.
Celebrate this growth by letting your professors and coaches know how you’ve changed as a person. And yes. You have become better.
What were the positive changes in my lifestyle this year?
Jiu-Jitsu being more than a sport, is a lifestyle. For us to become different, we need to live different. What we input into our system will change the way we feel, see, and act. Has Jiu-Jitsu changed your lifestyle recently?
What are my plans for 2014?
Although it would be fun to just go with the flow of things, it is also best that to set goals as early as now. Things that we could consider are: the number of tournaments you’ve joined, how active were you in training, or the the number of techniques that you will need to learn, or the belt promotion that you would like to receive.