Things they don’t tell you when you start BJJ

Jiu-jitsu is a strange journey, and while I’ve had that thought before, I usually let it pass. Recently, I was on a flight back from a Globetrotter camp and had far too much time on my hands (which is dangerous, as anyone that knows me while tell you; a bored Nelson will find a way to not be bored). As I sat there, it began to occur to me just how many little discoveries and observations I had made because of jiu-jitsu. Here are some of the things that they don’t tell you about starting jiu-jitsu:

  • You will be more familiar with the terms like ACL, MCL, PCL and AC joint than you wish you were.

  • You will know the regulations on syringes and how to get one no matter what state/country you live (veterinary or farm supply stores). Cauliflowers. Must. Be. Drained.

  • It is only a matter of time before you start pronouncing every R as an H in your head.

  • You have intense cravings for acai.

  • You will throw the porras around.

  • You will become a choke snob. All of your favorite movies will be downgraded by the terrible technique on "sleeper holds” and how a bad choke instantly kills everyone.

  • You will break at least one washing machine drying your gis.

  • You will come up with your own way to prevent and treat ringworm.

  • You will be compared to your friend’s/boss’s/coworker’s nephew who trains karate and got his black belt already. What’s taking you so long?

  • Abu Dhabi will become a tournament, not a travel destination.

  • You will become addicted to training.

  • You will hip escape in your sleep.

  • Hugs will become a battle for underhooks.

  • It will go from that thing you do Tuesday and Thursday nights to a lifestyle.

  • You goal weight will become a weight class.

  • Your clothes will not fit the same.

  • Your fingers will callus.

  • You will eventually watch people you have trained or competed against fight in televised events.

  • That blue belt that keeps armbarring you will become one of your best friends.

  • You will lose friends and significant others that don't understand why you waste all your time on that jiu-jitsu thing.

  • The hardest part about being injured will not be the pain but rather the not training.

  • You will love the boring part of MMA that everyone else boos.

  • You will find the beauty of other grappling sports like wrestling and Judo that you had no interest in before.

  • Tournament shirts will be large part of your wardrobe.

  • You will start applying what you learn in jiu-jitsu into other parts of your life.

What are some parts of jiu-jitsu that have become a part of your life that weren’t part of the sales pitch? Add your own!


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Comment on this post (6 comments)

  • Nikki says...

    That mat burn itches so dang bad when it heals. Even when you start getting better, so the burns are less, you will go crazy with the tops of your feet itching. Unknowing friends May think you have athlete’s foot!

    January 16, 2016

  • Martin Contreras says...

    - how do you feel?
    - mm a little bad
    - oh what happenned?
    - i haven’t trained this week

    January 15, 2016

  • Martin Contreras says...

    - the schedule of your life turns around yor training horary, “do you wanna go to the concert?- oh yeah… i can’t, sorry i have to train”.

    - valuing everything in gis, "how much cost that? – $300- hmmm like 2.5 gi’s-

    January 15, 2016

  • Trevor says...

    You will examine everyone’s ears before anything else.

    Seeing an open coat as in invitation to cross choke

    De La Riva or Berimbolo anything that represents a leg

    January 14, 2016

  • Kerry W. says...

    You no longer size people normally, "they are probably about an A3 or A2S.

    All your co-workers will crack jokes for the first year or two, then they realize when you don’t quit that you can beat them down it if came to it!

    Your knees will sound like your wadding up a piece of paper when you bend down to get something off of the floor. But the crazy thing is your good with it cause you know it’s just meniscus torn probably so you can still train.

    You will learn what tea tree oil is and its benefits.

    Your ring size will go from a 10 to 12 but you will be able to spin the ring with ease when it is seated where it goes.
    There many more. Lol

    January 14, 2016

  • Ze Colmeia says...

    -The people you train with aren’t just the people you train with after a while. They’re family, even the ones that constantly ask absurd questions (think of those ones as the crazy uncle we all have).

    -Training will strangely become a way to escape the aches and pains you feel.

    -Tiger Balm, Capsaicin, etc… will be a smell that you get used to because of repeated use.

    January 14, 2016

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