A Perspective Check For Long-Term BJJ Success

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I wanted to take a couple minutes to give you my thoughts on your long-term goals in Jiu-Jitsu.

It’s been a while since I’ve written about this specifically, and sometimes we all need reminders to renew our motivation and reset our perspective….

Many times, we’re just too close to our day-to-day experiences to see the bigger picture.

What prompted me to circle back to this is a milestone that I reached a few weeks back. I was awarded my 3rd degree black belt from my longtime instructor, Roberto Maia.

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So what does this mean to me? More than anything, it’s this…

As hard as it is to believe, I’ve been a black belt for nine years. And what that really means is: I kept going.

I started much later in life than many, earlier than some, but regardless – I knew I loved the art, so through all the ups, downs, challenges, frustrations, etc. I simply kept training.

The older you get, your begin to realize that over and above every other goal you may have at a given time during your Jiu-Jitsu journey is secondary to the “big one”… to be able to keep doing it.

I feel it’s important to emphasize this point because I hear 40 plus (and sometimes, 30 plus) grapplers all the time who define their relationship to the art in terms of a limitation….

“My goal is to get to purple belt.”

“I just want to be a get to a solid blue belt in skill and do one competition.”


Here’s my point…

If you enjoy the art enough to have a goal like that, why would you stop there? Why the self-imposed limits?

I’ll leave you with some simple words of wisdom from my friend, one of the BJJ Dirty Dozen (first 12 American Black Belts), Chris Hauteur:

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If you’re not on Facebook and can’t view the video, here’s the text version:

“It’s not who’s good… it’s who’s left. And it’s hours on the mat. And if you put in that time, natural athlete or not, practice the art and you’ll be a black belt. You’ll be somewhere in 10 years… imagine yourself someplace 10 year from now… I’m gonna be somewhere, why not be a black belt too? You just can’t quit.”

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