My name is Victoria, I’m a seventeen year old girl and I’m absolutely obsessed with anything grappling related. I started out with Jiu-jitsu Fighting in March 2015. However, I noticed that I would always be a little disappointed when I came to practice and the coach said that we were practicing on punches and kicks. When summer came around I decided to go to one practice with another club where they focused on the grappling part and I was hooked (hah, get it?). I later came to realize that there were different kinds of jiu-jitsu and that this one was called Brazilian Jiu-jitsu. Throughout the summer I went to both clubs but as the summer came to an end I decided to completely transfer to the BJJ club.
At first I was a little afraid, I mean, in this “new” club there were mostly big guys and I had only spoken to a few of them before. Before practice I was always a little nervous, what if no one wanted to practice on the techniques with me? What if no one wanted to spar?
All those negative thoughts disappeared as soon as the warm up started. I think that when they noticed how I followed them when they moved to another dojo, I came in to practice every week, that they realized that I was there to stay. Soon more people started to talk to me, I didn’t need the coach to point me to someone to spar with and now I can say that they are like my family. Now, there is no negative thoughts in my head before practice. Whenever I think about practice I feel this rush of joy and an eagerness to learn more, there is no room for negativity.
The club I’m going to is actually a MMA club so they focus on teaching Submission Wrestling, BJJ and Shootfighting. I focus more on the grappling but when I have time I try to go to the Shootfighting too but sadly it’s not something I do regularly.
Now that I am going to practice three times a week and thinks about it all the time in between, I think it’s safe to say that Jiu-jitsu has taken over my life. Everything doesn’t need to be perfect when I go there, it’s enough for me to just practice techniques and spar and I’m able to forget about everything else that was on my mind. Jiu-jitsu is my happy place and since it’s always on my mind, I thought that I would share some of it with you guys.