I am always in the pursuit to make myself better. I want to be a better person and more skilled than I was yesterday.
I believe in “sharpening the saw” and expanding my horizons. I put an effort to try to learn something new as much as I can. I also believe growth is sometimes found outside your comfort zone.
Graphic design has always appealed to my attention though I have completely no background at it. And so I enrolled myself and attended a 3-day basic course on digital illustration with Adobe Illustrator CS6 last week. I have honestly never ever opened the program adobe illustrator . This was a whole new horizon for me.
When we all introduced ourselves in class, everyone in that course were already in the field of arts and graphic design. I felt like a complete newbie. And so when the lesson started, I was always behind during the exercises because I was still familiarizing myself with the basic controls and commands. I felt kinda frustrated but tried to manage to be patient with myself. At the end of the day, I found myself mentally exhausted with all the new info plus the fact that I haven’t been in “school” for a 9am to 5pm class in a very LONG time. This was definitely no walk in the park for a newbie like me. On the 2nd day, I tried to pay a more detailed attention to the lesson but can only grasp the general ideas. This was seriously frustrating me and blowing my mind away.
Wait. What does all that have to do with jiu jitsu? Everything. I remember the 1st day at the gym for jiu jitsu training. I barely knew anyone. I was being taught something new and so unfamiliar with. Though we all know sports (one way or another), jiu jitsu has a different set of movements making us move awkward (initially). To add to that, you see your teammates flowing smoothly on the mats during drills. You roll at the end of the day, giving out all your might and then you end up tapping quick (but never mistake tapping as quitting, please!!). I’m pretty sure you guys/girls, who have embraced this art and sport called jiu jitsu, have experienced this one way or another. This is why BJJ has a high quitting rate. Simply because truly grasping BJJ is not easy. And this is also why true BJJ practitioners never quit. We are humble enough to accept that we don’t know everything and this mentality makes our minds (and body) receptive to new lessons taught. This makes us humble and at the same time toughens us up.
To get back to my story and to cut the long story short, I sucked it up and “lasted” until the 3rd day. Finishing that 3 day course does not mean I already know everything. It was just honestly scratching the surface (for me). I have to practice it as much as I can. Learn and relearn. Tweak. Just like jiu jitsu. You don’t learn everything in jiu-jitsu basics class but you work on the fundamentals.
They say experience is the best teacher. True. I would also say that the Jiu jitsu Experience is a great mentor of life.
We, BJJ practitioners, are tough. We are Jiu-Jitsu Built.