Hello, friends. Today I would like to write about the journey. But not about the usual route to any country. Not about a specific gym. And about traveling to BJJ itself. Maybe this post does not correspond to the blog topics a little. But I would like to share my story, how I came to BJJ, how I made the most important journey in my life. And if at least one person will help change his way of life, then all this will be written knowingly.
I will not paint how I was born, made pi-pi in panties and ate porridge from a bottle with a pacifier.) How he studied at school, how he was a difficult child and had problems with the police. Life was beating with a key and more often, on the head.)) It’s good that I met my love early and married at age 19. After a year and a half, I had a son. Lived a quiet family life, went to work, raised his son. He is already 23 years old.) He opened a small business for clearing private ponds. In general, I led a quiet life, and gradually began to turn into a small but very thick boar.)) With the growth of 168 cm, I began to weigh 85 kg. He drank a lot of beer and smoked two packs of cigarettes a day. Very much began to disturb health. Obesity and sedentary lifestyle began to give negative results. Constantly worried about the pressure, headaches and it was bad with the stomach. The tablets drank with handfuls and gradually began to turn into a ruin. Or rather, I became a wreck. I even could not tie my shoelaces on my shoes, my wife did it and was like a nanny to me.) And the worst thing, life has become gray. There were almost no emotions. Monotony, dullness and everyday life. I had never, at all, any relation to sports. Generally full of darkness. My perspective was a heart attack at a fairly young age. So I lived until I was 42 years old. My only achievement was, I was 40 years old, quit smoking. It became a little easier to breathe, but due to the fact that I was very fat, very little changed in my health.
And then I decided to try running in the morning in the nearest park. The first jog turned into hell. His eyes darkened, he sweated with a stream, his lungs burned, and his heart flew from his chest. It was difficult, I thought I would die, but I could not see in the next world, I still did not need anyone, and God decided that it was too early for me to die and directed me to run further.)) In short, after the first run I survived. So the week went on. I gradually got used to it, although I did not run long distances. And then on business, I was in Kiev, in the capital. I myself live in Kherson. I went there for a couple of days. Near the place where I stopped, there was nowhere to run. And I did not want to interrupt the runs and again lead an immobile lifestyle and return to the past. After all, it was so difficult to take the first step, and if I stopped, the second I probably would not have done.
And then I was advised to go to the gym BJJ, that would replace the jogging, while I’m in Kiev. They said that there are also good loads, that you can come at any age and it’s very cool. About such combat, I had never heard before, and all my knowledge of Brazil was reduced to carnivals and capoeira. BJJ, I represented something the same, a mixture of samba and waving my feet.))) But I decided to go.
Guys, it was love at first sight !!! I got to training for Valentin Varenikov, a purple belt. It was cool!!! It was super!!! It was the cosmos !!! They accepted me very warmly and friendly. The training is very interesting, everyone laughs and smiles. Physically it was hard, but it was worth it !!! And while I was in Kiev, I went there.
Returned to Kherson and it turned out that in my city, there is no gym, where they teach BJJ. Disappointment was not the limit. And I decided to rent a small room. Persuaded his son who also did not go in for sports at that time. We shot a very small room, that would be together with my son, after work, in the evening to study for myself. They began to look at the techniques on the Internet and, to the best of their ability and understanding, began to study them. Everything was very clumsy in our performance. But it was! Little by little it began to work out. And we
There was a goal, interest and first emotions. Then, slowly, people began to join us, who were also interested in BJJ. I somehow unexpectedly turned into a coach.))) We decided to play with my son at the tournament. We lost. But, we got excited! I dropped out of business. For the family, it was a shock. Nobody thought that my morning runs would lead so far.))) And I concentrated on BJJ.
Our hall now, there is not yet two years. We are all white belts. They themselves developed a strategy for training and chose the style in which we will fight. And I’m proud of it. Children began to lead us to trainings. Even the girls came to us.) And we to the surprise of many, even began to give results !!! My son is already a champion of Ukraine and winner of many regional tournaments, all children and girls are winners of different tournaments. And I’m in my old age, I already have a dozen medals.))
At the moment, I’m 44 years old. Having dropped out of business, I lost money. But!!! I bought much more !!! I became a coach, I got health and forgot what a hospital is. I was 85 kg with a height of 168 cm. And now my weight is 57 kg. And I feel fine. And most importantly, what I purchased. This is EMOTION !!! Life was filled with colors. I got a lot of friends. And when your pupil wins the tournament, it’s impossible to convey in words.
Not everything is measured in money. There are things that can not be bought, for any money. This is HEALTH, FRIENDSHIP, EMOTION !!!
I am grateful to ju-jitsu that it has changed my life so abruptly. Do not be afraid of change. It’s never too late to start. Discard all doubts and go to the gym. Do Jiu-Jitsu. And believe me, your life will change for the better.
P.S. Running in the morning, I did not quit. Now, every morning, I run 7 km.
Everyone has a lot of happiness! And more BJJ.)
I’m up to BJJ’s classes and now.