Three years ago I started learning Gracie Jiu-Jitsu with Shaun as my teacher and grappling partner. My goal was to learn self defense and to lose weight. I even joined a real Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu gym and earned my first stripe. When I moved to Bangkok, I joined a gym for a short time. I couldn’t continue due my busy work schedule, so I quit and didn’t train for 2 years. I gained weight and my Jiu-Jitsu knowledge faded slowly.
So… Starting this month, I’m going to join a new gym. A new month, a new journey!
As I mentioned before, Shaun and I did a lot of practicing at home where a small space is covered with mats (and blankets) to practice on. I even competed in a BJJ competition without being affiliated to a gym and without any experience in grappling with others except Shaun. Three months before departing to Bangkok I joined a gym and gained more experience. In Bangkok I joined a gym but due busy work schedule I had to quit. Since then jiu-jitsu was tucked away in the corner of my brain.
Now that I’m back in Seoul, I should take advantage of the situation and train as much as possible. Our future goal is to teach Shaun’s curriculum as well as womens self defense program where I will be part of it. To live up to the goal, I need to work hard and train harder.
Starting this week, I’m going to check out a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu gym, affiliated with the Gracie Academy!
I’m very excited, because this is the curriculum I have been learning at home. I feel that GJJ fits me the best as they aren’t too focussed on winning, but on surviving.
Tonight we will head to the gym where Shaun will start his training again, and I will observe first before joining. I like to know what is going on before joining a gym, also to make myself feel comfortable.
In NN vs Gracie Jiu-Jitsu I will keep you updated about my Jiu-Jitsu journey and hope to earn my blue belt by the end of the year! Let’s get toned up for the Summer again 🙂