By Professor Darrell Taylor, Like Minded Jiu Jitsu
I often hear students say that once things get in order that they will start training on a consistent basis. When someone tells me this I reply by saying , “It seems as if you’re waiting on the stars to align before you come train, but I have found it to be just the opposite. If you start training on a consistent basis, the stars will align.”
I’m personally a witness to this happening. In my early years I had lots on my plate. Working full-time and going to college and trying to find time to train Jiu-Jitsu. It was a challenge and Jiu-Jitsu often took the backseat. Once I finished college I thought I’d then be able to train on a more consistent basis, only to find that free time to be consumed by something else. Again Jiu-Jitsu took a backseat. Long story short, I had a love for Jiu-Jitsu and when I made it a priority in my life, everything fell into place. I’m training more that ever now and my quality of life is good. Jiu-Jitsu is a long road to say the least, its so much more that rolling around on the mat. It becomes a large percentage of your life which is a good thing. The friends you make and the bridges that you build can be of major benefit to you life.
When thinking about why I did not dedicate myself as much as I could have in the early years I’ve come to find that I loved Jiu-Jitsu but I didn’t love the place that I was training at. It wasn’t until I started teaching at purple belt that I started training like a mad man! As an instructor I was able to create the atmosphere that I always wanted as a student and pick student and training partners who were positive people. I think having this fueled my fire and made it easier to train.
Things really got better when I reached out to Professor Rob Handley and asked to join Behring Jiu-Jitsu. I had attended Grand Master Flavio Behring seminars long before I was on the team and would leave the seminars feeling like I knew nothing, the quality of Jiu-Jitsu was like nothing I had ever experienced. This was always in the back of my mind over the years, so when I opened my own school I wanted Behring Jiu-Jitsu for myself and for my students. I didn’t want them to go through what I had to go through in my Jiu-Jitsu career. Now we have a wonderful thing going out here in Arizona with four school representing Behring Jiu-Jitsu and some of the most amazing student, training partners and instructor that anyone could ask for.
So, like I said in the beginning, once I started training on a consistent basis the stars aligned and my Jiu-Jitsu and my life all came together. I hope for many wonderful years of growing our team and sharing Behring Jiu-Jitsu out here in Arizona. Finding a balance is the key. I always tell my students that consistency can be training, once a week, twice a week, or everyday. The key is to be consistent with whatever amount of training that compliments your life. If you have a good school to call your home the rest is all up to you. I’m here to tell you that you do! I’ve had a tough road and I so appreciate Behring Jiu-Jitsu and so should you!! I look forward to getting to know all of our members world wide in the years to come.