When I started jiu-jitsu, there were probably at most one black belt in the whole state, two or three visitors from Brazil, and that’s it. What intrigued me about the sport was my overwhelming sense that given two people with similar builds and athletic ability, one of them despite years and hard work, may never get to black belt just based on performance. That doesn’t seem like the case anymore. Is it a good thing, or a bad thing, I’m not so sure.
I originally made this blog in order to motivate myself and chronicle my journey into old man jiu-jitsu. Part of it involved my wife at the time, but she has moved on and I have come to terms with that. I might be close to mentoring my daughter on her journey. She seems to enjoy the play and to do things with me so I’m hopeful that she gets the bug, but its possible she wont. Time will tell. I got the 2nd stripe on my blue belt, slow going but I’m improving and I roll well against both higher belts frequently and starting to experiment with white belts. My elbow is starting to give me trouble, but I will deal with it, like i dealt with my wrist and neck and back problems.