***Tatami is my GROUND is the first of a 4 part series called: “Jiu-Jitsu is My Life. It is My Burden to Bear.”***

Tatami which translates to “mat” is the surface that Jiu-Jitsu is practiced on. GROUND being the surface of the earth, can seem simple. Only until we begin to see the connections between the Tatami and the GROUND can this thought of simple evolve into something of value. Not to be forgotten, “is my…” This piece is clear that something belongs to you. The most important part though is that NO ONE can define it for you.

The Tatami is where you will get injured because no one comes out of Jiu-Jitsu injury free. In fact, you will injure others. You will spend years searching for answers to problems you will never fully understand. Even when you finally do think you have the answers, those answers will be taken from you and with violence. People will misunderstand you, your teachers will get mad at you, you will be put under stress. You might quit… others will.

These are experiences, some good and some bad. But still experiences and they belong to you. Remember I said, “NO ONE can define it for you.” Your experiences might be different. The fact though that you gain experience on the Tatami is not different, we all have something to gain.

The GROUND is where your life takes place. On the earth, in your head, and with others. When life gets hard, remember to breathe and feel the GROUND beneath your feet. Remember that your experiences gained because of Jiu-Jitsu and on the Tatami can be applied to life, real life. This is your GROUND. Where you find yourself off the mat in true pressure situations and ready to succeed.

Tatami is my GROUND.

Part II coming soon.

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