Hang on, hang on. Before you go getting all up in arms, let me explain my title. I am a weight loser and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is something I want to do.
I am a huge fan of mixed martial arts and Brazilian jiu-jitsu. Ever since I became a fan (insert snarky remark about how I have been watching UFC longer than all of you and know more about MMA in general and am totally obsessed and nerdy about it) I thought that training jiu-jitsu would be a great workout and that I wanted to get into it for exercise and health.
Enter my conversation with a local gym.
About two years ago I sent an email to the trainer of a local academy asking him if he thought someone my size would be able to join in. I told him that I was pushing 350. He was very nice about it, but he basically told me that BJJ training was most effective when training with someone who matched you in size, weight, speed, strength etc. He told me that there was no one in the gym that was even close to my size. I told him that I wanted to lose weight. He told me to check in when I did.
I was pretty bummed. It really sucks eggs when your weight keeps you from being able to participate in things. I know some of you probably have similar stories about being left out because of your size.
Well. I guess I could have left it alone and walked away and never looked back. And that is sort of what I did for two years. Well all except the never looking back part. Because now I am looking back. And I am thinking that since I am losing weight, maybe I should be thinking about checking back in. I am not going to do it just yet, because I think I am still a bit too big. I want to get down to about 250-260 before I come a knocking again. But I am going to come knocking. I can’t wait to arm bar the heck out of some 250 pounder!
Being told I can’t do something is great motivation. I don’t like being told no. I do not accept it very well. I am not going to let a little thing like “no” stop me. So I am going to lose weight so I won’t be told no.
BJJ is for losers like me. Weight losers.