2019-08-09 01:03:00 UTC
I am a software engineer. I love what I do. I believe that constantly challenging oneself is one of the best ways to be a happy individual. The more hurdles you overcome, the more blissful you will be. Keep in mind that you don't need to burn yourself out through those challenges though. Just pick a few until you get bored and do it consistently.
Let's talk about one you might have heard. Brazilian Jiu Jutsu.
I have always been interested in martial arts. When I talk about my hobbies on a date, I almost always bring an anecdote from my childhood (unless I am nervous...lol). As far as I can remember, I had a small red-colored bike which I used to ride around. Just like the kids from Netflix's Stranger Things.
I loved that bike and used to take around as far as I could (which was like 2 miles). I grew up in a small town with one stadium and there was a church ground next to it. Every other day I will go over to the church ground and would sit and watch a few adults practice kung fu (or whatever the hell it was). I would come back and try it with pillows. lol. I would sometimes borrow books on martial arts from the school's library. I remember keeping a "Learn Judo" book for a while. It was a hardcover one and I would take pride in having it.
After a while, I did join a taekwondo gym at my school. I was very happy and would regularly attend the classes. It wasn't that of a gym per se. Just a park where a bunch of us kids would gather and learn. It was all well until the trainer just stopped showing up. And that was the end of my first intro to martial arts. lol
Flash forward to 2013 when I moved to New Delhi (In India) from the small town I grew up in. I was so happy with what I could do now. It was my first job after college. After getting my life in order, I decided to enroll in a martial arts gym. The One closest was 2 Delhi metro routes trains away. Nonetheless, I was so interested in learning it that for a while the journey didn't matter much (I was also around 21 years old at that time, maybe that's why I didn't get tired).
I got introduced to Brazilian Jiu Jutsu and Muay Thai. I liked them both. The workouts were extreme. I would literally be drenched in sweat by the time I was done. I learned a few jargon and used to be a proud owner of a GI and would show off while coming back to my apartment. Felt like I earned experience through my blood and sweat. I couldn't continue for long since I had to move to the US for my masters and then...well! life happened.
Finally in 2018 when I moved to LA after getting my dream job, I had the opportunity to do what I was yearning for. I was in a rabbit hole for a while before that. Won't get into details but it was all over and now it was time to get back into Jiu Jutsu.
I remember after a week of me moving to LA, I called my Current Professor (The main instructor with a black belt is called professor while others might be called coach) and bought a new GI. (Too bad it was a black colored gi and the academy mats were white). But I started and have been doing it so far and hope to continue doing it.
If you wanna get stronger just eat right and add 2-3 days of weight training. That's enough.
Wanna see more motivation? https://www.bjjee.com/articles/top-10-most-jacked-bjj-athletes/
That's me a long while ago after all the training and rolling was done...lol (don't know what that ice is doing there)
P.S. If you wanna join me, this is where I train. Come see me. I would love to roll. gomezjiujitsu
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