We all train BJJ for different reasons. For me, it's mostly been about the sport and competition. I also like açaí bowls ... a lot.
But, another amazing thing about BJJ is the team aspect and the overall sense of family and camaraderie. I've never quite figured it out, but something about our sport builds bonds often as strong as those of our real families. Over time, every academy likewise develops it's own customs and unique culture.
Watching this video brings a smile to my face. We don't run a gauntlet at my academy, but some of my teammates do at theirs.
It's a beautiful thing.