Want To Be Your Best Self? Train Jiu Jitsu

By Head Coach Travis Davison

I was already fighting people before I knew jiu jitsu. And then I went to jiu jitsu with my brother. We joined on the same night. 

Within the first week we were sitting in a bar in Portland, and we looked at each other and were like, “Man, I’m glad we never got into a fight with those guys.”

That was our first thought. It wasn’t, “Look at what badasses we are. It was, “Look at how much we didn’t know that we thought we knew.”

So we kept going back. We got beat over and over again. We got the ego beat right out of us, and guess what? We don’t get into fights anymore.

You’re going to have days where you “life” bad and days where you “life” good, bad and then good, bad and then good. You’ll go back and forth like that, and when you stand back at the end of your life hopefully the graph went up and you got better.

To me, jiu jitsu and life are the same.

Jiu Jitsu is the best activity I’ve found to help me “life” better.

BJJ forces you to face yourself. That frustration you’re feeling is jiu jitsu forcing you to face you.

That is the beautiful thing about jiu jitsu. That’s why when you hear people say, “It gets rid of your ego.” 

You can quit because your ego gets in the way and you can’t deal with the fact that other people are better than you.

Or you can dump your ego and say, “Okay, I’m ready to learn. I’m ready to be better. I’m ready to accept the fact that I don’t know it all yet.”

You want to know who you are?

You want to know what you are?

Come into our gym, get on the mat, and we’ll show you.

And if you want to be somebody other than the person you found out you were today, then come back tomorrow.

Photo Credit: Ary Dalton