10 Reasons to Practice Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

My decade of 40 is nearing its end and it’s been a great ten years of learning and growing. I got divorced. I battled breast cancer. I married the love of my life. I became a certified yoga teacher. I achieved both my first degree and second degree black belts in Muay Thai Kickboxing. When I turned 49, I asked, “what’s next?” I decided to begin training in the gentle art of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. It took me a few years to reach this decision, step out of my comfort zone and to quit believing the excuses I told myself:

  • I’m too old
  • Rolling around on the floor with sweaty guys is not my idea of fun
  • I might get hurt
  • I’m too old
  • I’m afraid of falling

After two years of watching two of my Thai kickboxing sisters have fun practicing Jiu-Jitsu, I thought I’d give it a try. Right before Christmas vacation, I took a class just for the ladies. I LOVED it. And of course, I wondered why I created such a big stink in my mind. If I had started two years ago when my friends started, I may be a blue belt like they both are. But instead of beating myself up, I decided to simply start now.

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