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  • Writer's pictureLuke Miller

Forged in Fire

I recently began a journey that I know my 80 year old self would be disappointed if I had not explored, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ). I was excited when Karina put a little pressure on me to start commuting to the classes at least once a week.


I was amazed by the level of anxiety, discomfort, and inner resistance that getting to BJJ was providing. My mind constantly spinning with questions and doubts:

  • What if I can’t follow the movements?

  • What if I can’t find a partner?

  • What if I have an accident in my Gi?

  • What if I accidentally break gym protocol?

  • What if I embarrass myself?

  • What if I get hurt?

  • What if I hurt someone through my stupidity?

  • What if? What if? What if?

After more than a decade of teaching children, the barrage of internal dialogue and fear was likely very similar what school students must experience daily.


What a great experiment in empathy.


While I understand that feelings of discomfort and resistance are obstacles that must be overcome to become stronger, it is still painful. It is worth noting that after only two classes, I’m hooked, energized, and itching to get back to the mats.


Challenge a barrier holding you back from a goal. Become forged in fire.

  • Now that’s a peak ethos.


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