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I'm the biggest failure in the history of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

    Wed, 2009-01-07 15:20 — 21tomlinson

    I'm pretty convinced that I'm the biggest failure/slowest progressor in the history of anyone who's trained Jiu Jitsu. Here's my deal: I signed up for BJJ in March of 2006, when I was 24. I started off training almost every day for a month, but then I hurt my knee really bad, and I was out for nearly 4 months. I should have done some sort of training during this time, but I didn't. Then I went back, trained sort of consistently for another month or two, then I hurt my other knee and missed some more time. My other knee eventually healed and I went back for a while, but then I started going to school and working more hours, so I started training less and less, sometimes missing 2 to 3 months of training at a time. I have pissed off a few instructors because of my lack of consistency at going to class during that time too. Well, now it's January of 2009, I'm 27, and nearly 3 years after starting BJJ training I am still a white belt. It's pathetic. Some guys who were white belts back when I started are now purple belts. It ticks me off to know that if I had been more consistent during all that time, I could be a lot more advanced by now too.

    I have made it my new year's resolution this year to really dedicate myself to training and progressing, but man, it's embarassing to still be a white belt after three years and having seen so many guys pass me by.

    21tomlinson's picture

    Thanks for all the words of encouragement guys. It's nice to know that I'm not the only one who has let training slide in the past due to certain circumstances. I just got back to training this week and have been hitting it really hard and have been motivated, but the key for me is going to be staying motivated when I'm worn out from work and don't feel like going to training, or I feel like my schedule is too tough, etc. I know that those times are inevitably going to come, and in the past I think I have let those times crumble my training efforts and have used them as an excuse to miss classes. I am really going to work hard on not letting that happen this time around and to stay consistent.

    Thanks for the support!

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    wutang's picture

    If it makes you feel better, I met this guy who was a blue belt after 10yrs of training. Damn good mount but nothing else. Kind of made me wonder how he even got to a mount and got good at it...

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    21tomlinson's picture

    Well, despite being a white belt, I was pretty happy with myself last night. I armbarred a purple belt who usually mops the floor with me! I guess that means I'm getting better :)

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    GTA's picture

    Bro i progress slowly also. I had trouble as a white belt making class alot also. i have 2 kids and a job that tends to get alot of OT. Since getting my blue belt though ive made it a priority to go to class and train outside of class also. It can be frustrating at times,when your tired,rundown or just have a lot of reponsibility.Keep training and things will come together.Even if injured,go to class and watch,it helps. best of luck to you

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    The Bishop's picture

    I been in this since 98. I'm a blue belt. Most of my friends are black and brown. Its hurts. But, not that deep.

    I have a family. I love jiu jitsu. I know in my heart if I tried harder, I'd be farther. Plus I know tons of guys hwo are brown and black who have deep injuries and cannot train hard, or often anymore.

    In my head, I'd rather be a blue belt for 15 years than be black for 3 years and have to stop....I'm back on the mats, loving the game and all that I learn. BJJ keeps me fit, and keeps me mentally at peace. Thats all I ask from the art for now.

    Much luck to you though, and don't give up.

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    gdaniels21's picture

    I know your pain. At one point I had to stop training because I couldn't keep up with school and BJJ at the same time. Imagine for a moment though that you had eternal life. Would you care if it took you 10 years to master BJJ, how about 50? You have your whole life, just keep training and loving every minute of it.

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    KibunInc's picture

    ^^^^^ I second the above post, you have the rest of your life. I was just kidding about my first post above. I have studied JJ for about 9 years and I still suck. I do not train as hard as I should and life interfears with my training all of the time. Just stick with it and have fun. I plan on training until I am 90 and since I do not take belt test I will still be a white belt. :cool::D:rolleyes:

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    monkeymervin's picture

    21 - Sounds like a brother from another mother. You are telling my story my friend. The only difference is that my plans to start up again this year have been delayed due to economics. :mad:

    Hope you're able to start your training this year! Good luck.

    It's great to see so much encouragement from the members here. I definitely thought I was the only 3+ year white belt.:o

    Much appreciated-

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    KibunInc's picture

    Yeah you are right about not progressing. Oh wait a minute I forgot I tend to train a few months then stop also. :o

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    DeltaSigChi4's picture

    I've been there and just wanted to encourage you to forget what happened in the past and continue progressing today. The reason I couldn't train was because I kept on being deployed to fight in the wars. One friend was a purple belt, and he had started after me. When I fulfilled my obligation and moved, I had to start all over at another gym. When I moved again soon there after, I was forced to start all over again in a "stripes" system. It is said that the sweet cannot be enjoyed as much without having first encountered the sour.

    Keep training.


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