Let me give you a little background on myself….
I’ve been training BJJ for about a year and half (on and off) and more consistently now, and I must say, it has dramatically changed my perspective on life. Through BJJ I have had the opportunity to meet and become friends with some of the most amazing people as well as my amazing Fiancé and we have the privilege to train with world ranked competitors! Yep! you read that correct! World Ranked 🙂
By far the scariest part of starting Jiu Jitsu has to be actually starting. Walking into the gym and taking your first step onto those mats can be overwhelming, scary, intimidating, exciting…. you name it, it can spark just about any feeling you can think of. My first day was a little bit of a combination of the sort… While I started BJJ at the age of 25, I walked into the first gym I had ever trained at and had an Intro class with a 16 yr old. Yeah. Talk about a confidence builder… I was getting my Butt handed to me by a 16 year old girl and quite frankly I was not okay with that, but I thought if she can do it, I can do it. (she was really good too) So I tried the Four Week Intro class and by the third I was begging my coach to let me go a head and buy my Gi because I knew right away that this was going to be the sport for me.
A little fun fact for you readers out there*
I was never athletic and I tried running, free weights, cardio, anything I could do that didn’t require me to play an actual sport. Needless to say, I become bored very easily and the free weights and running didn’t last long.
As a single mom that worked full time, while putting myself through college for a BSW I was really worried that I wouldn’t have the time or money to train because my schedule and finances were already tight given my circumstances. Well! I figured it out and I started training twice a week. And then three times and before I knew it I was at the gym almost every day.
well, it wasn’t long until I met someone very special, yep… you guessed it, my fiancé. We started training together and took weekend road trips for concerts and began to visit other gyms in the US. It wasn’t long before we realized that he may have reached a plateau in our current gym and I wasn’t learning much other than “shrimp to guard” and as a white belt that’s good and all but I wasn’t excelling… so that’s when we decided to buy mats to train at home and go “rogue” well that didn’t last long either. One day at work I was surfing the web and looking for gyms to visit since we no longer had a “home gym” and I found Limitless BJJ. I checked out the website, called and talked with the coach, set up a time to just come in a roll and that’s all she wrote. We walked into Limitless and automatically found our new home.
I am stoked to share my Jiu Jitsu journey as I learn and grow in this Ossume art and hope you enjoy as well