What Percentage will you be??
When I first started Jiu Jitsu I remember seeing the graphic above that maps out the different belt levels spread across the population of people that try or train Jiu Jitsu. I was really surprised by the breakdown and the number of people that make it to black belt. The percentage really is very small and I began to wonder why? I think in society today we are often looking for quick fixes. We are impatient by nature and if we don't instantly have success with something we give up before we really start. The graphic above shows this with the fact that 74% of people that begin Jiu Jitsu will only make it to the level of white or blue belt which isn't even half way to the journey of the black belt.
Jiu Jitsu is physically and mentally hard and even if you are athletic and in shape the journey will be challenging in the beginning. I like to think of the beginning of Jiu Jitsu in relation to learning how to type properly on a keyboard. For some reason I have a very distinct memory of when I learned how to type. I was in 7th grade and back then we leaned on old typewriters. The kinds that the keys were hard to push down. I remember thinking I hated this class. I knew how to type with my two pointer fingers looking at the keyboard the whole time. This was a boring, waste of my time class I was required to take. The very first thing I had to learn was the correct finger placement on the keyboard. My hands felt so awakard like this. I had to learn how to get to each key with my fingers correctly placed on the keyboard. After all I couldn't possibly use my right hand to get to one of the keys on the left of the keyboard. At first I had to look constantly back and forth between what I was supposed to type and the keyboard. Every movement felt weird and I was definitely slower now than when I used my old two finger chicken pecking method. After a couple of weeks of practice I felt like things were getting a little easier so I challenged myself to not look at the keys anymore. I used to have to think long and hard about where the "T" was and what finger I had to move to reach it. At one point I thought I should just give up learning how to type. I was slow at it. For 6 month I spent 45 minutes every day typing. With time I got better. I got faster and now a couple decades later I type everyday and never even think about where the letters are. I trained my body to know where the letters were and to know how to get to each one. Typing is pretty effortless. It's as easy as anything else I do in life.
In the Beginning it took a lot of thought and effort. I didn't know if it would ever get easier, but as I continued to do it, it became second nature. I like to use this analogy for new students to Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Even if you are athletic, all the movements in Jiu Jitsu are new are foreign to you. Our job as your Coaches at Pacific Top Team is teach you what the keyboard is and all the letters on it (Moves, positions). Once you know the keyboard and how to identify the parts you will learn how to begin to type. Moves are like letters. As you progress in jiu jitsu you learn to form words with your letters. Moves become a sequence. You begin to see the connection between the positions and moves. The first 6-12 months is going to be overwhelming and frustrating, but if you can get past this initial period, Jiu Jitsu is incredibly fun and bonus you will get into the best shape of your life, increase your health in a way that you will never dread going to the gym!!!!
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