Feb 022015

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In August of 2007, I started training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu as a means to lose weight.  Little did I know that the “Gentle Art” would make a huge impact on my life.  An impact so big that I would find myself taking the next step in my BJJ Journey to actually run a martial arts studio.

During the past seven years I have lost and kept off over fifty-pounds but I have gained so much more.

When training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu you are working with teammates to develop your skills.  In the beginning of class you are watching the techniques being demonstrated by the instructor and then you are partnered with a teammate to drill these techniques.  You are constantly applying pressure on your teammate to keep them in a position, to prevent them from being able to escape the position, and making sure it’s the right amount of pressure so you do not injure your teammate.   After the class there is an open mat session where you can train these techniques as well as the other techniques that you know, all while balancing that fine line of training and fighting.

From the outside, it looks like two people training the steps in the techniques or one person attempting to dominate another.  While there is a lot of physical drilling of techniques that are being taught, you’re are also drilling the “Golden Rule” with every movement that you make.  While you want to get better, you also don’t want to injury your teammate, because without them, you don’t have anyone to help you improve.  You’re treating your teammates the same way you want to be treated and that is how both of you get better.

Not only do I no longer stress about work, I am actually more confident in sharing my views with my superiors as their title no longer intimidates me.  After training for the past several years with teammates who are attempting to submit me or put me in bad positions on the mat, including World Champion Black Belts who were preparing for tournaments, I have the confidence that I can handle myself in the office, no matter what the other person’s title may be.  Just like in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, I have worked long and hard at my job; where my experience has helped me land a department head position that I have held for 12-years.  There are a lot of responsibilities that come with the position, but if I freak out over every little detail, just like in BJJ, I’m going to lose.

While I could go on and on about the benefits that I have gained from training BJJ, including the ability to walk into a room of strangers and strike up a conversation with them or maybe opening up my mind to traveling more; the one benefit that I want to leave you with is this:  I am a better father, husband, friend, and person because of my training in BJJ.  This is due to the fact that I’ve become a lot better with time management: from staying focused on tasks at work so I can complete tasks ahead of schedule which gives me more time to have with my family to being a better listener.

You’ll be surprised by the benefits of training BJJ.

Come train with us at Frequency Martial Arts or find a Robson Moura United Nations affiliate school near you!

-Ed LeMonnier
2 Stripe Purple Belt
Robson Moura Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Association

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