For some reason, I had a hard time shutting out the world and focusing on class tonight. Learning BJJ is hard work, and progress can be painfully slow at times. This can be a cause for discouragement, and is the reason most people quit before making it to blue belt, much less black belt. Yet, knowing myself, the only way I’ll give up is if my body just won’t cooperate anymore. In ten years, I’ll either still be a white belt or I’ll be some other belt, maybe even black. Whatever belt it is, I’m pretty sure I’ll still be on the mats doing jiu jitsu. It’s not that I’m physically, or even mentally, that tough. I simply can no longer imagine my life without jiu jitsu. I guess there are worse addictions that one could have.