I'm a striker! I like to stand up and move my feet to evade strikes. Finding openings in my opponents defense gives me the opportunity to punch or kick and score points. I'm a striker!!! That's what I do, that's who I am!
Well, that's who I was!
Then came BJJ. For the few years I have been working at ABD Norwich, I would take class then leave the school, walking by the Jiu Jitsu students and watching them roll but not taking part. My interest was not for BJJ at that time, but that has definitely changed.
When I started Martial Arts, I loved the atmosphere of respect, discipline, and positive thinking. It was a place where I felt at home. For me, it was what I needed to help me live a positive life. The training helped me to develop a better attitude and get me in awesome shape. I started with Krav-Maga/Muay Thai and it was awesome! Hitting pads, shields, and tombstones felt great and helped with stress! For street self-defense, I feel Krav-Maga is what you want to learn, hands down!!!
I don't ever remember feeling this excited about a sport (well maybe basketball as a kid). I was so humbled by the complexity of jiu-jitsu, and how smaller guys were able to keep bigger guys from dominating them. I remember hearing that in jiu-jitsu, the smaller guy is usually more technical than the bigger guy, and it's so true! I find that I'm learning more from guys who I outweigh by 30 pounds, and to me this is awesome! I find that in no other sport can you be humbled more than jiu-jitsu, no other sport is so deep... none! I asked myself, why I didn't start earlier? Truth is, mentally i wasn't ready for BJJ. I feel that I have found my path and I can say now that BJJ is the best Martial Art in the world. It's who I am now! It's who I will be, a humble student of Jiu-Jitsu!
Expect another guest blog from Angel in a few months, when he discovers the complex and challenging sport of badminton.