For most Brazilian Jiu Jitsu practitioners, it is more than hobby done once or twice per week. If you want to improve, BJJ requires attention, effort and passion. Many people who are serious about BJJ surround themselves with others who train, and sometimes that means to the exclusion of non-practitioners.
However, you can find a camaraderie with almost anyone who pursues a passion. They understand that Brazilian Jiu Jitsu inspires you even if they don’t understand why. For many cases, passion forces you to make a choice. Sometimes it leads to positive results, but other times, there are negative repercussions:
The hidden cost of pursuing your passion (Jiu-Jitsu) is that it requires time. Beginning practitioners may start out practicing three times per week, but eventually, the passion bug bites them, and they want to train more times per week. Serious martial artists base their job schedule around their BJJ training.
Pursing a passion in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu requires money. Practitioners will pay for tournaments, training and private seminars. Additionally, you will pay for uniforms, rash guards, travel, books, DVDs and other equipment associated with the BJJ lifestyle. Please remember that you have to support yourself financially to continue training.
When you spend time and money on your passion, you have less time to devote to people who love you. For some cases, they may not understand your passion, so it becomes essential to find people who support you. Sometimes friends will laugh at you for going home early on a Friday night, instead of blowing off steam with them. In some cases, you want to go to bed early for a fresh training on Saturday morning. These are only platonic relationships. Introducing jiu jitsu into romantic relationships becomes even more complex. However, if you find someone who is equally passionate about something, you will be on equal footing to understand each other.
Yes your body will have multiple injuries
- Pulled or strained muscles
- Cauliflower ear
- Jammed fingers and toes
- Joint Dislocations
- Ligament Tear
- Bone Break
- Muscle Tear
It’s not your imagination. Eating healthy is more expensive!
It actually costs around $550 a year more, or $1.48 more per day, according to a new review published in the British Medical Journal. The review incorporated findings from 27 studies in 10 countries during an 11 year period.
Meaning to say it’s cheaper to buy food at Ralphs than Wholefoods
These issues: Financial, temporal and relational add up to a psychological cost. Pursuing passion affects our beliefs about ourselves and who we are.
Why do BJJ practitioners pay this price? Many do it because it makes them better people. Someone who can better manage the storms of life. Talking about the hidden cost of pursuing your passion is not to discourage you but to help you understand the demands. Regardless of whether or not you are aware of them, they will affect you if you decide to pursue BJJ as a passion.