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How to Handle Your Thoughts While on the Mats

While grinding on the mats and halfway towards my day-in-the-life of a blackbelt wannabe (I have started to take training seriously, I have taken into great consideration that I also want to be good in Jiu-Jitsu), I have come to realize much about life related to the physical toils of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Life, as we know it, will manifest itself in the mats. More often than what we are capable of realizing.

Today was a day that I was able to come into terms with one of the facets of Jiu-Jitsu. It’s a hard lesson that I needed to learn. It’s all about FEAR.

While not a lot may admit to it, a lot of people have fears about Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, and today, it held me with a tight grip. It can be anything. It can be as trivial as getting injured, or hitting the mats a tad too hard. Or a childish fear such as looking silly in front of your training partners or onlookers in the gym. It can be as complex as the fear of failing, or to live up to the expectations of your peers or worse, yourself.

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