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In the practice of Gracie Jiu Jitsu, there is always something to work upon. Always!  Since I joined, I was able to learn the frame-work of the fundamentals of self-defense but I am lacking the complete details in the moves.   There are lots and lots of details.  As a blue belt, if I were to leave and not return to the study of Gracie Jiu Jitsu, I do have the basic self-defense lessons in my subconscious mind.  Even though I am a blue belt, I don’t feel that I have mastered the lessons. So, at least until October, I am focused on fundamentals of self-defense, no sparring nor randori; well, maybe a little randori, a.k.a., throwing class sparring.

The hardest part in my Gracie Jiu Jitsu study is showing up.  I still have a lot of social anxiety; however, I have made some friends which has steadied  my nerves a bit.  I am trying to talk more. Open up.  Since I joined, I have worked out with a lot different people.  As a general rule, in any conflict, I want to have a relaxed mind and body.  I am the first to admit that to have a relaxed mind and body in a conflict is not an easy task. One of the reasons I study Jiu Jitsu is to help me control my emotions.

Before I started studying Gracie Jiu Jitsu, I did intense spinning classes, but when the expert teachers resigned, the gym hired instructors of not the same level.   I didn’t want to do spinning anymore.  A few weeks ago, I noticed there was a bike rack at the dojo. I was able to get my bike working after not riding my bike for a year and a half.  The Floridian humidity and Atlantic Ocean salty air did its damage on my bike.  So, riding my rusted out bike to class has satisfied my desire for spinning classes. I’m getting exercise and saving gas money.

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