My First Impression of Jiu-Jitsu 柔術の第一印象

My First Impression of Jiu-Jitsu 柔術の第一印象

‘This is the most obscene sport I have ever seen.’

That was my first impression of jiu-jitsu.

It was way passed midnight, more than 10 years ago.  I was watching UFC fights for the first time at my friend's in South Georgia.  What I saw was two almost naked guys, covered with sweat and blood, rolling around the floor… for a long long time.  It was gross and unthinkable.  I didn’t understand why the crowd would get excited watching this.  I didn’t understand why I was watching this!  

But who would have thought, after 10 years, I would be so into studying under Gracie school who invented the UFC.  I am so surprised with myself.

In the summer of 2016, half a year after moving to CA, I attended a homeschool conference held once a year near San Francisco.

A booth with ninja program integrated with nature studies caught my eyes.  We attended their demo class, which my daughter enjoyed very much.  I talked to the teachers and they seem like really good people.  The only downside was it will require a drive over the hill to the ocean side, at least 45 minutes through meandering highway.  “You probably can manage,” my husband said.  “Yes, it’s manageable.”  So we decided to do for a year to start with.

I later learned that the ninja dōjō shared the space with Gracie Academy.  “Gracie...” I’ve heard that name during watching UFC.  In order to maximize my drive, my daughter started attending two schools in one visit.

The instructor recommended classes for me, too.  I hesitated.  I said no.  But as I watch the kid’s class, I was so intrigued with the philosophy of Gracie Jiu-jitsu.  It was something I have never heard of.  Never crossed my mind.  

A few weeks had passed and the instructor announced a free women self defense seminar would be held.  I still hesitated.  It was on Saturday afternoon I would usually spend time with my family.  But I managed to attend, and signed up for the 10 week boot camp program that day. Not the women class for my scheduling reasons, but I jumped into the co-ed program.

My first ever gi at 39 and the journey has started.  

For 10 weeks, I thought.  Let’s give it a try for 10 weeks.














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