Almost everyone who continues training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu after the first couple of months (and years) has come to, in one way or another, fall in love with Arte Suave. If you’re one of those people, you know how it is: you simply can’t wait for the next training session, for the next drill and roll… It’s almost as if BJJ became an addiction.
Elite grapplers and coaches know this all too well. Robert Drysdale, for example, has talked about his passion for BJJ in an interview with BJJ Eastern Europe. Here’s what he had to say:
Looking back, it all seemed a little reckless to be honest. I didn’t really care about the consequences of not succeeding… In fact, I wasn’t even thinking of success or rewards. I was simply immersed in the moment and nothing else mattered.
Training, to him, was as natural as sleeping is:
It’s hard to explain that feeling. Going to the gym and trying to beat everyone was as natural as waking up in the morning, eating and sleeping. There was never a question in my head, or an excuse, so as to whether I should go to the gym or not.
I can’t even call it discipline, since discipline is doing something you dislike because you have to do it, like running sprints uphill for example. It was something beyond discipline itself.
As I mentioned before, it was a beautiful place for me.
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Make sure to read the rest of our interview with Robert Drysdale on this link.