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Wednesday, March 17, 2010

GRAPPLER, DON'T BE REALISTIC.

Marcellus Wallace (to Butch Coolidge): The thing is, Butch, right now you got ability. But painful as it may be, ability don't last. And your days are just about over. Now that's a hard motherfuckin' fact of life, but that's a fact of life your ass is gonna have to get realistic about. See, this business is filled to the brim with unrealistic motherfuckers. Motherfuckers who thought their ass would age like wine. If you mean it turns to vinegar, it does. If you mean it gets better with age, it don't. Besides, Butch, how many fights do you think you got in you anyhow? Two? Boxers don't have an old timer's pension. You came close but you never made it. And if you were gonna make it, you would have made it before now.


I'm bringing out the big guns today. It's been one of those weeks.

I watched PULP FICTION again for the 10th+ time over the past weekend, and this scene really stuck out to me.

We all know this scene, and we all know how things turned out for Butch. It got me thinking. A lot of times, it's feels like the world is Marcellus Wallace, telling you what you can and can't do; telling you you aren't good enough to make the grade; telling you to be realistic and compromise yourself.

Maybe it's your job/career or school or your spouse (or significant other) or your parents - all very legitimate, real life issues. But, here at DSTRYRsg, we don't care about that stuff. All we care about is grappling and grappling-related things.

So, keeping things on-topic: when Marcellus tells you you're too old to compete (hint: Pan American is 3 weeks away) and win, or that you're not really very good compared to your peers or that jiu jitz is just a little hobby - don't listen. Instead - train harder, compete more, if you choose to (and I suggest you do), and be great ... at jiu jitsu.

That's all I got for now. I'm available for challenge matches by appointment only.

15 comments:

  1. Is there something wrong with just doing jiujitsu as a hobby?

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  2. @DSTRYRSG--- awesome, very timely, very on-topic and encouraging!!!

    @anonymous: no, nothing, if that is your goal. However, if you're letting OTHERS tell you it's "just a hobby" or if your own fears are limiting you and you're justifying your limits by pretending it's just a hobby to you... don't.

    Sorry to be pedantic and maybe a little extreme, but here's how I see it: no one tells brain surgeons they practice a "hobby" and no one tells marathoners not to take it so seriously. So if you take your jits like surgeons view their calling... or like distance runners see their training... even if you're not Jacare (yet!) you just follow your heart and push through the fear and past the naysayers.

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  3. it's ok to do it as a "hobby" if you want to be bad at jiu jitsu.

    on an unrelated note: CHALLENGE MATCH ISSUED!!!!!

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  4. Thanks.

    Georgette: I don't think I could have said that any better! You and I are in sync on this.

    Anonymous: I get where you are coming from, but take my words with a grain of salt. My point was merely to motivate my grappling brothers and sisters (and myself) to be wary of limitations that the world/society/other people tend(s) to place on them (me) - all, of course, as it relates to jiu jitsu.

    I'm sure my priorities are a little out of whack too: family, then jiu jitsu, then career; or is it jiu jitsu then family, then ...

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  5. For those who think they're too old to complete, I've got 2 words for ya: Masters Division. (Or Senior 1,2,3, as it may be).

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  6. I am a month and a half away from Senior :(

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  7. Hobby is a funny term. I hear it and think of making something out of balsa wood and craft paste.

    BJJ borders on a lifestyle choice. Despite my inability (or unwillingness at times) to give it all the time it deserves, it sustains me spiritually and physically; just as work sustains me financially. Unlike work most days, BJJ provides an emotional outlet and means of constantly viewing myself in a new way.

    Every time I train I feel that I get stronger, grow more controlled, and develop better skill as a tactical and strategic problem solver. These are all things that I use in all aspects of my life.

    Even considering the time constraints imposed by my work, BJJ is a major part of my life.

    Fortunately, my family and friends have been supportive and seem to appreciate the change brought about by my change in lifestyle.

    If and when I run into naysayers, I:
    1) ask them what they do with their spare time
    2) ask them to come train with us
    3) sick Georgette on them

    Skill level relative to everyone else is another topic. That's more of a personal challenge. At least I hope so... I would hope that no one is telling you not to compete because you're not good enough. If that happens, F-em. Go have fun. And then come back with a medal.

    And age is never a factor. Ever.

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  8. Great Post Bro!! You have outdone yourself. This is perfect timing with all of the tournies coming up.

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  9. Masters Division: 100% agree with you. Great comments. I actually think a lot of time the naysaying is coming from ourselves!

    hughfitz: Thanks, bro!

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  10. Call it what it is....a sport...a lifestyle...a hobby. Or even a career for many. But if othing else, for me, BJJ is an escape. No traffic on the mats...no boss...no bithcing girlfriends. No matter what else has gone on in the day, it is all forgotten for those hours on the mat when all I can think about is how to defend...regain position....attack. For me, a good roll session at 5:00 is like a happy hour cocktail is to so many.

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  11. Right on Brian!!! Well put. It's my meditation and respite from the daily grind.

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  12. dr. charles martoneMarch 29, 2010 at 5:06 PM

    word to the mutha! jits for life, you don't know me wallace!

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  13. woosh i agree...sorry 4 missing training again this am...have a doctor appointment 2 check potentially pulled growin hopefully back saturday if not next monday...hail jj

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