2020 has started well. I’ve reached my highest world ranking since beginning Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu just over 3 years ago. The goal is obviously to attain that top spot, and I will.
Lets put what I do into perspective: The pinnacle of our art form is the Adults division which is before one turns 30. After that, Masters 1 begins up to age 35, Masters 2 until age 40 and so forth... At 53 years young, I participate in the Masters 5 category between 50-55. There are ten’s of thousands around the world in my age group that practice BJJ but for various reasons the majority (unfortunately) don’t compete. I do. Why? Cause I love nothing more than trying to better myself. To gauge my progress against likeminded individuals. Ever since I was a kid I always wanted to test myself, to be the best I can be, for me. Not for anything or anyone else. Couldn’t care less for accolades, recognition or fame. It’s just something I need to do. Like the oxygen we breathe, it’s a personal necessity. Otherwise, what else is there if you’re not progressing in life? What type of role models will we be to our children? We were born to move, it’s as simple as that.
You may notice on the photo I posted, down the bottom it states “247 athletes”. So out of thousands all around the world only 247 are game enough to compete. What a shame, but it is what is. To the 246 fighters out there, I would like to thank you and look forward to meeting everyone one of you on the mats. OSS
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