Well about 6/7 months ago I was trying to convince myself to try my first BJJ class and overcome the 'first class anxieties'. A week ago today I received my first stripe on my white belt! I've not exactly been mega consistent with training due to work but I do go most weeks and have been training gi and no-gi. I'm loving it and it's really helping with day-to-day confidence and beating my anxiety, it's great. So last Friday's class was a 2hr workshop with the instructor and an end-of-year promotion. I wanted to go along for the workshop as I knew I wouldn't be getting any sort of promotion but then when we all lined up at the end of class and the instructor called my name I was so chuffed! I really don't feel like I've progressed much but then when I think back to my first class I know that I would completely school my old self. It's just hard when every one else improves at the same, or faster, rates and you don't feel like you are getting anywhere. Anyway I just thought that I'd post this up and hopefully if there is anyone else out there with the first class nerves, they read this and see that it is possible to get your backside into class and make some sort of progress. Do it, you won't regret it. BJJ is fantastic.