Competing in BJJ: You are More Than Your Fears
My first time competing in Brazilian jiu-jitsu was an eye-opening experience. I watched myself, and a few of my teammates, go through cycles of nerves and emotions. Everyone is victim to their internal battles, but in that, we are also victors. We step up every day and we go through life. We fight for what we want.
Yet sometimes, we fight against ourselves. We look at what we want and we say, “That’s not for me;” but why wouldn’t it be?
It can be yours if you go for it. Sometimes, there will be pain along the way. You will be hungry, you will sweat, you will ache deep inside as you anticipate what is to come.
Most of us fear failure. To overcome the fear of failure, we must stare it down. We must immerse ourselves in it and accept that failure truly does not mean anything. Failure is a blip in time that will be forgotten. Victory is the stain that will truly stick. Victory cannot be removed from time. Victory is what makes history. Victory is what’s real, whereas failure is an illusion that will be forgotten. Victory is all there is for us to see.
I don’t know if anyone reading this should compete or if they should not; that is for you to decide. The only way you will know what it will be like to compete is if you try it, and perhaps that is the only reason you need.
Do you want to know how it feels?
If you would like to hear more about my experience, check out my vlog below.