Looking out over a crowded hall – I am always struck by the thought that potential champions are everywhere – it’s just a matter of good coaching married to ambition and that creates the actual champions. Most have complex lives that take them in many different directions. Thus their ambitions in jiu jitsu are usually more modest, since they have other priorities and approach the sport as a recreation. That does not blind me to their potential however – I have recreational who can give even champions a very hard time indeed on the mat. Never lose sight of the fact that we all have roughly the same potential to excel in the sport – the actual differences are mostly due to lifestyles choices and time committed to training. Have that even a recreational approach can produce a shockingly good student in time. Never think that because you are not a full time professional athlete that you cannot excel to a that even the best will be impressed by.

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