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Will I continue after blue belt ?

I bet some of you are wondering. Yes. I will continue. I had thought about it. The truth, I know myself that I would regret quitting. Judo and Jiu Jitsu is in my blood. I think a lot about Jiu Jitsu outside the dojo, while driving or work.

How far? It’s really the next class. One foot in front of the other. The Gracie Black Belt is like climbing Mount Everest. It’s no easy task. Many have tried and failed.

One disappoint, I blame myself, I have failed in finding a group to train with and hang out with. Unfortunately, I sometimes appear like alone wolf but that’s not how I really am.

I’m having a hectic year. I can’t really write about the situation. I’m not happy about my attendance, but I will keep coming. I will bounce back. I’m trying to get back on routine. I need to toughen up mentally and get ready for the next level.

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How could we better live the Jiu Jitsu / Gracie lifestyle?

I was thinking of starting a monthly Jiu Jitsu Club in order to learn more about Jiu Jitsu lifestyle and to support each other by discussing books, for example, The Gracie Diet. We would not just be limited to books but also other venues, movies, example, ” Choked “, products, guest speakers, other related Jiu Jitsu issues, and inviting other students to join.  

We would met at Miami Juice on Sunny Isles or another place. TBA, to be announced.  Possibly between  12:00 til 1:30 pm, after the morning session.  I will try to recruit some people to help.  We would write a monthly summary of the meetings on a new blog.  I will post the time, place, and topics of discussions.  This would be my purple belt project when journeyjjbluebelt.com ends in December. I will give it a six month trial. Note, I haven’t yet committed to this project just throwing out the idea.

 

 

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This week in Jiu Jitsu, I read a candid confession of a black belt instructor that struggled with the Gracie way of eating. I totally understood. I too hadn’t fully adopted the methods either. Also, I had become worried about cancer. I was Interested in the Gracie Diet’s anti cancer benefits. I was motivated to try again. So, I started rereading the Gracie Diet book.

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October 1st was a good day. From now on, I believe that I will remember that October 1st is Helio Gracie’s birthday, without a reminder, and take time out of the day to give thanks and respect.

As usually, I made the morning fundamental class. It was clear that today was  a special day, Helio Gracie’s Birthday. The professor spent time talking about Helio on the mat and we all enjoyed the practice. There was an official celebration at the school in the evening.

To finish the day, I read a great post which revealed the person Helio was, as follows:

” Helio believed that street fights were created by cowards. ”
” Helio believed that Jiu Jitsu could be applied to all aspects of life.”
” Helio believed that perfect technique could over come size and strength.”
” Helio believed he was better than no one and could learn from everyone.”
” Helio believed that Jiu Jitsu made us more tolerant, compassionate, and humble.”
” Helio believed that we should be practitioners of Jiu Jitsu but of efficiency.”
” Helio believed he was not a fighter, but a teacher who fought for what he believed in.”.

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