First stripe on white belt, chuffed!

Discussion in 'Brazilian Jiu Jitsu' started by SteveP, Dec 18, 2015.

  1. SteveP

    SteveP Valued Member

    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.
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  2. philosoraptor

    philosoraptor carnivore in a top hat Supporter

    Congrats man!
  3. SteveP

    SteveP Valued Member

    Thanks man. I know it's early days but it's a milestone for me and one that I wasn't sure I'd make.
  4. Prizewriter

    Prizewriter Moved on

    Great to hear! It's a great feeling. It's good to know you're on the right track.
  5. greg1075

    greg1075 Valued Member

    Congratulations! Keep on keeping. It gets better.
  6. Pretty In Pink

    Pretty In Pink Moved on MAP 2017 Gold Award

    Don't diminish it man, you earned it every time you went to class. Any other art that would be a whole belt. It's what it means to you that makes it special.

    Big congratulations, I'm very impressed that you've really made improvements in your bjj, but far more impressed with your improvements in social anxiety :)
  7. Smaug97

    Smaug97 Valued Member

    Well done!
  8. SteveP

    SteveP Valued Member

    Thanks man. It is hard and I question every class before I go but momentum and inertia are in play and it's always worthwhile pushing through it. It's amazing what a difference going to these classes is having in my day-to-day life.
  9. Prizewriter

    Prizewriter Moved on

    “It’s very very rare that someone becomes more unhappy by the study of brazilian jiu jitsu."
    John Danaher
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  10. Moosey

    Moosey invariably, a moose Supporter

    Well done! Sounds like a great thing to achieve. First step along the road and all that!
  11. SteveP

    SteveP Valued Member

    John seems to speak a lot of sense!
  12. Knee Rider

    Knee Rider Valued Member Supporter

    Well done Steve! Great progress :)
  13. Dead_pool

    Dead_pool Spes mea in nihil Deus MAP 2017 Moi Award

    Good work!
  14. SteveP

    SteveP Valued Member

  15. Giovanni

    Giovanni Well-Known Member Supporter

    good work, keep going.
  16. Mitch

    Mitch Lord Mitch of MAP Admin

    Just to echo all of this.

    Don't diminish it; just because you can now do it doesn't mean others can, and we can always find examples to make ourselves feel worse. Fact is, you went out and earned it, congratulations!

    That you did all that against a background of anxiety problems is just brilliant.
    You are an example to us all, kudos to you, now onwards and upwards!

  17. Frodocious

    Frodocious She who MUST be obeyed! Moderator Supporter

    Congratulations! :)
  18. Korpy

    Korpy Whatever Works

    Good work, bud! On your way to your blue. Enjoy the ride!
  19. aaradia

    aaradia Choy Li Fut and Yang Tai Chi Chuan Student Moderator Supporter


    (That word - chuffed- always throws me. Never heard it used over here. And it sounds like a word that means ticked off to me. So, I always think someone is mad at first when I see that word. Then I google it and remember.)
  20. SteveP

    SteveP Valued Member

    Haha! Yep I mean't it as in I'm really happy about it.

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