Welcome to BJJ…

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Learning from Professor Jack Magee

My introduction to BJJ…

On the first day of my new job (first role as a contractor) I was nervous. “Was I good enough?” “Do I deserve to be here?” “What if they think I’m rubbish?” “But I’m only on 2 weeks’ notice!” where just some of the thoughts motoring through my head, pretty normal, eh? 

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Me in James’ Gi about to start my first Roll.

“You will be sitting here Luke, this is your new desk”… I looked around, a bank of 4 guys my roughly my age, Great! I thought, how hard can this be to make a good impression? I was sat next to James, I immediately recognised him from my interview, a man of VERY few words. “Alright.” he grunted with a nod of his head and then looked back at his screen. I read this as a conversation starter… I was to quickly find out he didn’t. I machine-gunned about 100 questions at him for the next 2 hours whilst I was getting set up on my machine, I could visibly see he was getting a little annoyed, but I didn’t want to stop. One of them turned out to be one that was to influence my life quite dramatically, and still does 6 months on…

So, “What do you like to do in your spare time then, mate?” I asked. “I fight.” He responded. I was getting used to his short answers by now… “WHAT!? What do you mean?” “I train Brazilian Jui-Jitsu and a bit of MMA”. Roughly 2 weeks later he managed me to twist my arm (I still to this day think this was just him wanting to punish me for doing his head in every day), I was on the mats as a complete martial arts novice, so far out of my depth I was drowning, but, being an ex rugby player… thinking I could smash anyone that walked through the door… oh what a fool I was…

I aim to post weekly about my journey so far in the BJJ world making it a mini series…

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