It’s hard to remember a time when grappling wasn’t a way of life. It’s been in my life for the better part of a decade (off-and-on), but I could have never guessed it would play such a critical role in my life.

It went from a sport I did to stay healthy to something that would give me a new career path, an art that would expand my way of thinking, and force me to confront and solve puzzles that are far more challenging than any New York Times crossword puzzle (I don’t believe a NY Times crossword can choke the life out of you, so there’s that).

For those of you reading this, you likely share a moment in your life when grappling became more than a hobby. The moment when you said, “oh, I’m not just walking into a class any more, this is something I have to do.” I like finding what those moments are. I think they connect us. I think they help us categorize and understand the gravitational pull that is the art of Brazilian jiu-jitsu.

With that in mind, I thought it best to share a few thoughts about where I recognized the sport changed from being a hobby to a way of life. Hope you dig it.

In the meantime, I’m heading back to training. See you next time.

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