After almost a month away, due to severe and unrelenting vertigo for awhile, followed by vacation, I’m excited to be back to training! Woo Hoo! I went to class Monday and Tuesday and will go Thursday and Friday with a firm commitment to keep prevailing. I’m rusty and slow, but I’m there and I’ll get back in shape soon. The vertigo isn’t completely gone but I’m convinced I can work with it, around it, or through it.
What would you like to learn? What are you doing about it?
I’ve always been interested in learning random things but I don’t want to go back to school right now. I would rather teach myself. Physically, I’m committed to learning as much Jiu Jitsu as I can as long as my body will allow me to. But I’m also spending time teaching myself to draw pen and ink works called Zen Doodles. These are line drawings that use patterns and textures to fill in areas of the drawing. I’m also working on teaching myself Spanish, using online resources. Both can be done piecemeal in a few minutes every day. It’s fun and I feel challenged.
Let me know in the comments what you want to learn and how you’re going about it.
What lesson have you learned the hard way, either on or off the mat?
Apparently I’m a slow learner in many areas. Before I started jiu jitsu I injured my shoulder (partially torn rotator cuff) and my hamstring (pulled doing sprints). Both times I went back to my workouts too soon and set myself back. Now I know to let myself heal completely before resuming my normal activities. I still don’t like waiting but I will if necessary.
What can you do today on the mat that you were not capable of a year ago? What about in the rest of your life?
My answer: A year ago today I was honestly not even thinking about returning to Jiu Jitsu yet. I was doing kickboxing at the academy but training jiu jitsu hadn’t entered my mind beyond the general feeling that I missed it. So I can honestly say that anything I can do on the mat today is more than I could do a year ago.
What comes to mind when you look back a year? Let me know in the comments.
If someone new to the art asked, what advice do you have about Brazilian Jiu Jitsu?
My answer: I would suggest they try a class and see for themselves what it’s all about. There is so much to Jiu Jitsu that I would have a hard time narrowing down the most important points. Nothing is better than first hand experience.
If you have advice to offer a newbie or even someone unfamiliar with Jiu Jitsu, what would you say? Let me know in the comments.