Since I was little, I was always keen on learning a traditional martial art, something like Chinese Kung Fu or Japanese Karate or Nin Jitsu, just like you see in movies. But then, as I grew older, I realised that if I truly want to learn one of these arts, I would need to spend some time in the country of origin- the reason being the amount of frauds in the Indian market.
So then, in August 2013, I decided to learn either Israeli self-defence or Mixed Martial Arts (MMA). I started looking for a good place to learn, went around a few places. Finally I decided to join Crosstrain Fight Club to learn MMA, as I was really impressed by the initial trial class I took there. Now Im a regular student and im glad I chose Crosstrain Fight Club.
Our training basically comprises of Boxing, Muay Thai (which is a stand-up striking art from Thailand), Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (which is a grappling/submission wrestling art, mostly based on the ground), wrestling and strength & conditioning.
Three months in, I realised that I was getting good at the grappling part of MMA, i.e. Jiu Jitsu, and hence started focussing more on it.
Why I do Jiu Jitsu?
When I started learning Jiu Jitsu, I was always getting tapped out (getting submitted) by everyone at the academy. Despite this I kept going back and slowly but surely I kept getting better. Sometime in the end of 2013, I remember my trainer Sid saying “When you start doing Jiu Jitsu, you feel like you’re the nail and everyone else is a hammer, and you’re being beaten with it every single day, until one day, suddenly you realise that you have become the hammer. Ask this guy” (pointing towards me).
Jiu Jitsu has taught me to be humble and has helped me in being aware of myself. I believe Jiu Jitsu makes people more respectful towards each other. And the respect that we share in Jiu Jitsu is a very genuine kind of respect, not a forced one. The way I addressed my trainer went from “Siddharth Sir” to “Sid”. It doesn’t mean I started respecting him less; in fact, it means that I have started respecting him more and it comes more naturally.
Jiu Jitsu teaches you to never give up. “Never giving up” doesn’t mean you don’t tap when someone is about to rip your arm off; what it means is when you do tap and trust me, you will tap, you get back up, try again, and again and again.
This has been my shorts (year and half) Jiu Jitsu journey at Crosstrain Fight Club thus far. I hope there are several more years of this beautiful journey ahead.
(Student and a happy camper at Crosstrain Fight Club)