Today is re-blog day for me. There are a number of good articles in my reader this morning. This one is fantastic. It discusses a fundamental trait of Counterpoint Tactical System even though the author trains a different art. Martial arts are about surpassing style and tradition to find your own way.
Here’s a great article written by Kit Dale and posted at Jiu Jitsu Brotherhood. It’s worth a read. It fits right in to my BJJ progression.
“You’ll never be a World Class Black Belt as an Australian, living in Australia. It’s just not possible”.
These were the words said to me by my first Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu coach, back in 2008, after I shared my goals with nothing more than an enthusiastic attitude and a solid belief that anyone can achieve anything with the right mindset.
Luckily for me I always had a rebellious attitude towards authority. If they told me I couldn’t do something or that I wasn’t allowed to, it just made me want to do it even more. So I took the challenge – to be the first Australian world-class black belt or, even better, black belt world champion.
So there I was, a 22-year-old plasterer…
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