Road to Black Belt: The Road Is Long So Take It Slow

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is a form of self-defence and also an emerging sport that takes a real level of fearlessness since you can be submitted in brutal fashion. Talking of fashion, there’s a level of fashion and lifestyle associated with BJJ as it is helpfully abbreviated. Since 2018 or so, BJJ has been a part of my life although I’ve not been nearly as consistent in my training as is needed to get ranked but this is something I need to accept, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is a slow road.

Many people get the bug when they first start training but it wasn’t like that for me. I tried Judo in school but I wasn’t consistent and the same happened with BJJ. I’d be on time but I found the struggle of BJJ to be real, it requires patience because you won’t find the white-belt stage to be easy. Any blue belt and up is a person of dedication and patience and they will all agree with that statement because rolling on the mat is a test.

I’ve been a White-belt for some time and now I can see the issue within myself. It’s the same issue I have with learning Arabic, Seeking Knowledge and all the other important tasks I have set myself. I say these things are important to me but I need to act upon that importance by putting in the allotted time and extra time to win, push harder!

With lifestyles it’s easy to wear the clothes, learn a few words and phrases that connect to the life, you can go to the competitions and gatherings but if you’re not doing the work, the real work, you’re not truly in it. In Islam we call this Ikhlas (sincerity) which is the difference between doing things to be seen and doing things to please Allah azza wa jal.

My goal in BJJ is to learn the gentle art for myself and share that knowledge with others as I progress but that won’t happen until I am firm in my goal. When the Covid-19 lockdown hit I saw a blessing I had leave me, a place I could go to work on myself outside the Masjid, Duroos and Strength training Gym. The BJJ mat is a place I’ve missed and can’t wait to get back to it but with a new plan.

I have all the Gi’s I’ll need for some time. Now is about the work; I’ll be keeping a training diary which is the best way for me to progress and stay accountable. Progress takes time and it’s a slow road but if I take a step daily the miles will rack up.

I appreciate you taking the time to read my articles. If you enjoyed this piece and would like to learn more about Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu give me a shout [Here].

Published by Abu Hafs Hanif

Abu Hafs Hanif a London based Fitness and Nutritional Advisor is also a Husband and Father.

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