Kit Dale: “Do Jiu-Jitsu Professionally Only If You Love The Journey”

Kit Dale: “Do Jiu-Jitsu Professionally Only If You Love The Journey”

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu has been experiencing exponential growth in the last couple of years; both on the amateur and professional scenes alike. So, it’s not just that a lot of people are rolling for the sake of training itself – but a lot of them are looking towards becoming professional competitors as well!
However, is this a good choice for most athletes? Kit Dale believes that you should choose to do BJJ professionally only if you’re in love with the journey itself, not just the result.

Here’s why, in Dale’s words:

I don’t share this because it can sound negative… But if you’re pursuing Jiu-Jitsu professionally for any other reason apart from loving it, then stop and find something else.

Jiu-Jitsu is amazing and it does come with many rewards, but it also comes with consequences that I’ve experienced and that people neglect to mention: the injuries, the pain, etc. These take their toll after a while, especially if you’re egotistical in your training and competition.

Kit also mentions that money shouldn’t be your primary motivator:

Jiu-Jitsu doesn’t pay much as well. And it is still rather small, so if it’s for money or fame that you’re doing it, then go play golf (laughs). Do Jiu-Jitsu professionally only if you love the journey! Because the destination is often unfulfilling.


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Make sure to read our full interview with Kit Dale and to find out more of his bits of wisdom on the following link.