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Dear JiuJitsu Practitioner,

You’re doing a great job.

I know sometimes it doesn’t feel like it but keep your head up.

The road we chose is not an easy one. We need to accept the challenges ahead and embrace them as part of the learning process.

You’re going to take your lumps. You are going to get beaten down into the ground more than you have ever imagined but the most important lesson you will ever learn is how to get up.

So keep getting up. Continue to do what you are doing no matter what challenges you face. Our path is a difficult one. I know this because in many ways, I have been where you are. I know what it’s like.

The Path of a Jiu-jitsu Practitioner

This path isn’t a ladder to the top. It is an ocean and we must keep swimming or we will drown. Don’t stop moving no matter how easy the choice seems. Don’t lay down. You may get knocked down, but keep getting back up. Keep moving forward. Keep doing the work.

You’re going to feel lonely at times. You’re going to feel like nobody understands. You will feel alone and alienated from the company you keep. It’s ok though. Stay true to your purpose. Stay true to what makes you whole.

If what you are doing does not make you whole then stop. Make the decision to move on. But if you make the decision that JiuJitsu is what you want, then keep going. Grit your teeth, clench your fists and face adversity like the true champion you are.

Your work ethic, your dedication and your training will speak for themselves. The mats do not lie. You will face many more challenges and the culmination of the work you have put in will shine bright whether you like the result or not. Regardless of the outcome, keep moving forward and don’t rely on others to get you where you want to be. This is your journey and those around you will come and go. Those that stay, however, value them. Cherish them. Let them know how much you appreciate their love and support.

I know it’s hard but you’re doing a great job.

Keep your head up and keep on moving. Don’t complain or make excuses or even sulk when nobody’s there for you when you need ’em.

JiuJitsu is a way of life. It will continue whether you are ready or not.

Always be ready. Always stand proud. Always do the work.

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