One of the best parts about running a company serving jiu-jitsu players is the incredible stories we hear from our customers.
We love Brad's story because of his humble and positive mindset about defeat and learning something new.
Mesa, AZ. Blue Belt.
I first got into Jiu Jitsu three months after my second back surgery at the ripe young age of 34. A friend of mine had already been training for a little while, and I remembered enjoying the small amounts of Jiu Jitsu we had played with while I was an Army Ranger in my early 20s.
My biggest obstacle in training has been my ego. Learning how to enjoy my losses more than my victories has been a humbling experience. I've been competing regularly for the last three years and have had my share of both.
I was a cocky white belt, who had won his last three tournaments at a higher weight. Competing now at a lower weight, I thought for sure it would be an easy victory. I submitted my first opponent in 30 seconds with an Ezekiel choke and was ready to kick butt in the finals (only four guys in the bracket).
In the finals I took a quick and sloppy shot. My opponent immediately sprawled and locked up a very tight Darce choke. It didn't take long for him to flatten me out and run around my head for the tap. The match lasted maybe 20 seconds. I was stupefied and embarrassed, but most importantly humbled.
Keep a balanced approach to your learning. Don't rely just on the moves and sequences you've been taught or drilled. Get creative, try something different.
See what happens if you put your foot here or there. Often times we get constrained by our own logic circuits that we forget each rolling session is an opportunity to experiment, play, and learn. Who knows, maybe you'll even invent you're own "style".
You can find Brad on Instagram at @nbradjacobson.