It doesn't really matter that I am not the ripe age for a BJJ noob. I may never be the greatest at it, but BJJ provides an experience that is very much needed in my life at this age and most other ages. Here is my list of reasons for thanks, not in any order:
- Feeling good physically
- Belonging to a team, a group of people that I respect (most of the time)
- Adrenaline rush of competition
- Feeling of accomplishment for what I have done; something that nobody else can take the credit for, unlike other things in life
- Laughing at funny BJJ stuff and team member antics
Team Dave Trader JJ had 3 competitors at the IBJJF New York Open, which all won medals.
Michelle Welti with a silver and bronze in blue belt adult. She looked really good and dominated except for one nemesis opponent.
Arturo Ayala with a bronze in a tough white belt weight class. His second opponent wins the tournament's Douche Bag Award by showing up at the podium and saying that he was Arturo and taking his medal. The the IBJJF did the right thing and gave Arturo another medal. Can you believe/tolerate that there are such people out there in our sport?
I was very fortunate to win my one match and a gold medal in the white belt senior.