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BJJ Diaries: Experience

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-- Experience enables you to recognize a mistake when you make it again. (Franklin P. Jones)

That's exactly how I feel in jiu jitsu. And that is in the best case, actually. Like, today I rolled with an awesome brown belt, Drew (it's such a pleasure to watch him!), but, I don't know, I just feel so stupid! Like, from his point of view, it probably looks like "Okay, I'm doing this sweep or that sweep". From my point of view, it is more like "I was up, and now I'm on my ass, and I have no idea what happened!" And it's like that all the time! :-(  And 'progress' only means that instead it is like "I still don't know what exactly happened, but I'm pretty sure it already happened before! Oh! Here it goes again! Shit..." And then I feel even more stupid for not being able to figure it out even after being shown so many times...

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timesygn
Sep. 15th, 2011 03:41 am (UTC)

WRONG!

The ONLY time you should feel stupid ...

Is when you quit.

Keep on rolling. :-)
petite_lambda
Sep. 15th, 2011 03:44 am (UTC)
Aw, thanks!

Yes, that's one of the things I console myself with when feeling down. I remind to myself that other people with my level of ability usually just quit, and that I'm doing good just by hanging in there...
timesygn
Sep. 15th, 2011 03:50 am (UTC)

If you're having fun, that's all that matters. Because ...

1. ... if you're having fun then ...
2. ... you'll keep showing up which means that, by definition ...
3. ... you'll improve. Eventually. How long it takes doesn't matter ...
4. ... because you're having fun.

:-)
petite_lambda
Sep. 15th, 2011 03:54 am (UTC)
True! :-)
Zeev Russak
Sep. 21st, 2011 03:39 pm (UTC)
Right-on
I'll try to remember these words
vicariance
Sep. 21st, 2011 05:02 pm (UTC)
I prefer to the quote "Good judgment comes from experience; experience comes from bad judgment." The Jones quote isn't witty enough for my standards :P
petite_lambda
Sep. 21st, 2011 06:26 pm (UTC)
Note that they are not saying the same thing, though. Yours is much more optimistic :-)
vicariance
Sep. 21st, 2011 06:44 pm (UTC)
You're right, I guess the quote you used is witty because it's cynical. But I still prefer the optimistic one :)
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