I love jiu jitsu :)
I love it even though some boys are absolutely cluefree about when they're muscling stuff. (Hint: if what you just pulled off on me would probably not have worked against a guy that weighs 20 lbs or more than you do-- you muscled it.)
I love it even though it tears my hair out by the roots.
I love it even when it's really hot and humid and I sweat through a gi in the first twenty minutes.
I love it for the feeling of accomplishment when I train with someone who feels the move work, and they get that "Ooooh!" excited look in their eyes.
I love it for the satisfaction of physical fitness reached without drudgery.. so that a warmup which makes noobs pant and groan barely makes me breathe hard.
I love it for the intellectual challenge, and the humility that always comes with it.
I love it for showing me humor in the weirdest situations. Like tonight, when I was trying to get some empathy for my short arms from my training partner, who'd been hounding me for not reaching around his leg-- so I grabbed his hand and put it right on my derriere, saying "Look, this is as far as my hand could reach on you!" And the whole time he's staring up at me with his hand on my ass with this devilish smile, 'til I realized what I'd done and absolutely cracked up.
I love it for encouraging me to be open minded and to reexamine conclusions and opinions.
I love it for connecting with so many people all over the world who share this love. Ahem, this obsession. Whether they're 6 years old with a killer double leg, or 78 years young and enthusiastic.. from pretty much every continent except Antarctica.. students, professionals, professional students, moms and dads, full-timers and part-timers.. you're all amazing!
I just love jiu jitsu.
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This is what I was thinking about when I left class tonight. Even though I tweaked my knee doing (I think) a deep half guard sweep, even though my hair is all jacked up and my ear hurts anew, I had fun. Foot sweeps and double legs and an arm-in guillotine... loving it.