So, after going to a few sessions, I am liking BJJ. I think I'll stick with it.
Things I like:
1) The "Aliveness"
I come from Karate. I really did enjoy Karate, but it isn't "alive". Karate boils down to a few techniques of medicore effectiveness and a set of folk dances that you have to memorize to get promoted. Rob Redmons of 24FC once said "Karate is dead, its your job to bring it to life", or something to that effect. BJJ is the other way around, it breathes life into you.
BJJ allows me to be me. I don't have to conform my moves because the kata is done THIS way. I can come in, wear my black/pink/blue gi covered in my own patches, totally do things my own way, and still get a good result.
3) I get to choke people
Whats not to like about that?
4) It gets me off my ass
For a long time, I've been struggling with weight, depression, and fitness in general. I'm not unfit, but I also have chronic fatigue syndrome...makes it hard for me to a lot of things. The other night, I was rolling with the senior blue belt and I realized that I was covered in sweat and that I haven't worked out that hard, literally, since basic training 10 years ago.
5) I'm having fun
No explanation needed. I'm having a blast, and I'll stick with it as long as I do.
Anyways, I forgot to mention my Les Mills Combat results. I ended up losing 12 lbs in 60 days, which I think is pretty good. I feel a lot better, and I doubt I would have picked myself off the couch and went to BJJ without it. My only problem is that after about 6 weeks, I got SO BORED.
I did order my gi, finally. Paul, one of the senior blue belts and instructors, recommended me getting blue or black. I ordered a Fuji black gi in A2. I hope it fits. I'm very excited, because I'm going to get a patch made of my logo to put on it :D
He also invited me to take place in a round robin tournament in June. I might not be able to, because its the saturday my wife was considering doing our daughter's first birthday party. I'm going to see if she can do it on sunday instead.