Ah, love… Not a better feeling in the world! To be walking on that cloud nine for days, weeks, months and years – nothing could ever come close to it. Right?
Well, perhaps not, but what if you’re in love with Brazilian Jiu Jitsu? Holy smokes, that takes things to a whole new level! Here are 7 signs that you’re in love with BJJ.
1) IT MAKES YOU CHEERFUL
What better proof could there be for your love for BJJ, than the fact that it makes you so cheerful! You’re happier than you used to be, and not just when you train; but all the time. The grin on your face scarcely ever leaves your side, and you feel like jumping around when BJJ crosses your mind even for a little bit.
2) YOU CAN’T WAIT TO COME TO CLASS
The time you spend waiting for your class, for your BJJ training session to come, is downright excruciating. If only you were able to speed up time, so that you can fast-forward to being on those sweet, sweet mats. Heck, you’d always be speeding it up; as soon as one training session ends, you’d land in another!
3) YOU’RE TELLING EVERYONE ABOUT IT
When you’re in love with someone, you want your family, your friends, your colleagues, your professors… You want everyone to know about that person! About what makes them so great, so fantastic, so irresistible. And the same is with Jiu Jitsu; you’re probably really close to someone telling you to stop blabbing about it so much!
4) YOU THINK ABOUT IT ON YOUR DAYS OFF
Even when you’re not on the mats, your thoughts are. Being in love doesn’t mean just spending quality time with the person when you’re with them, but investing your time into them even when you aren’t together.
All of your Youtube instructional browsing and Reddit searches serve as a testament to this fact.
5) BEING AWAY FROM TRAINING HURTS YOU
You know how being physically away from your better half hurts you emotionally, such as when they go on a business trip? The days go slow, you’re wondering how they are… It’s a struggle!
Well, that’s no different than being injured and forced to sit out several – or a lot – of training sessions. You just want to come back to the mats!
6) YOU’RE THINKING ABOUT IT LONG-TERM
If you’re truly in love with a person, you’re bound to start thinking about the long-term possibilities one way or another. How would the future look like with them 2, 5, 10 years down the line? What would you like to do with them, what sort of a relationship would you like to have?
When BJJ is your love, you’re thinking about it long term. You want to keep doing it for a long, long time in the future; perhaps even until you die.
7) YOU’RE READY TO DEFEND YOUR LOVE
Love isn’t just about the cozy feelings. There’s a lot more to it than sometimes meets the eye, and one of those things is that you’re ready to defend the loved person no matter what. In other words: when they’re in danger, your instincts kick in and you’re ready to defend them.
Such is the case with Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. When someone says something negative about it – for example: „That would never work on me, I’d just get up“, you’re ready to defend its honor and excellency.
When you’re in love, everything seems so perfect… And that’s because it is! Go ahead, enjoy your Brazilian Jiu Jitsu journey to the fullest, and keep nourishing the love you feel for it as much as you can.