Jiu Jitsu never gets easier, you just get better.

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I do it because it’s hard. Because it’s the hardest thing I’ve ever done. And because it never ends. Every day presents me with a series of problems that I spend the rest of the day thinking about how I might solve—or at least chip away at. Next day same. And the day after that.—Anthony Bourdain

No matter how long I train or how much my skills improve there’s a certain amount of struggle that comes with training that never goes away. I’ve come to embrace this. Struggle means progress. It means there is more to improve.

There’s an old saying I love: There’s no such thing as saying the same. We are either working to improve or allowing ourselves to get worse.

If we eliminate all struggle then we actually get worse. If training is never hard, then we get soft. If training never makes us feel like our Jiu Jitsu is lousy, then we will stop trying to improve.

It’s important to embrace and this. If all you focus on is how hard training is without an understanding of its purpose, then training can turn into a grind. Understand that every drop of sweat helps perfect our character. Every gasp for air brings us one breath closer to the best version of ourself.

If you embrace the fact that you’ve chosen the hard road precisely because the hard road is the path to perfection, then you’ll actually celebrate the difficulty and not dread it.

There’s a time to feel great about your Jiu Jitsu and proud of your accomplishments. That time is not when you are on the mat. The mat is there to bring truth and honesty. Embrace the difficulty of training. Celebrate afterwards.

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