There is something about seeing other women at jits that gives my heart just a little more joy. Regulars, newbies or visitors; rolling with the guys or taking privates it doesn’t matter. I just love having their presence there. It makes me so happy to see other woman tapping in to a sport and form of self-defense I believe was created for them.
Now how do I even put into words the amount respect I have for women who have been through serious battles in their life that put themselves out on that mat? These women are truly facing and overcoming their demons out there. I respect it so much because I get it! I don’t know if you can fully grasp the true strength it takes to accomplish what they are doing if you have not experienced to some degree what they have yourself. Not that you don’t respect what they are doing or have compassion for their past but you just can’t understand the battle they are fighting inside. When someone has mount on you, they have mount on you. When someone has mount on me I’m fighting through a dark place mentally first and then jiu jitsu. Sometimes I close my eyes and have a mental battle in which it’s necessary to remind myself that I’m okay. Sometimes it triggers the fight like hell mode which from time to time scares my training partners. Lol Then there is those beautiful moments where mount was just mount, techniques are used and the roll continues without hesitation. The great thing is in the end is were all in safe learning environment with good people and if you just want out or you can’t pull through to fight from there at that moment you can always just reset!
If you have demons you will have obstacles, no way around it. There will be times you will want to quit, DON’T! When you press hard and push through it is so liberating. There will be times instead of breakdowns there are breakthroughs and you have to celebrate those victories. Then one day that ‘demon’ isn’t present in that moment anymore. That’s the beauty of it, you keep training and things become second nature and you’re working out of your most uncomfortable positions without even thinking about being in them. Fear leaves you and you begin to step into the freedom that God always intended for you.
So when you see those ladies out there training hard show them some respect because you have no idea what battle they may be working through!