Helping You Learn, Progress And Succeed In Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
I believe there is one reason, one reason above all others, that I am still training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu nearly 20 years since I started.
Because it is the most fun I've ever had.
The first time I saw Brazilian Jiu Jitsu I thought it was the coolest thing I'd ever seen.
The first time I tried jiu jitsu, I thought, I don't want to ever stop doing this.
Twenty years later, and now running my own Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Academy in Baltimore, I still feel the same way.
Fun is the most important element to progressing and lasting in any endeavor.
Have fun, no matter what. Fun before all else. I don’t care if I win or lose, do well or do poorly.
Jiu Jitsu is such a crazy, intricate, exciting, silly, confounding, rewarding activity that I never find time on the mat to feel drudgery.
If you have fun while you train, you will get better.
Fun first, last, always.
John David Emmett is a black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu with an interest in learning theory, movement, neuroscience, and the Feldenkrais method. He teaches at Zenyo Jiu Jitsu in Baltimore.