The August Word of the Month at Stoic BJJ is FOCUS. This skill is not easily attained but is vital for success in all walks of life.
To have focus is to have a point of concentration and directed attention. Focus is all about putting your mind on one thing, without letting other thoughts or distractions get in the way. With jiu-jitsu, finding the strength to focus happens in each and every class, as well as through the many years to black belt.
From the beginning of class, it takes focus to remember simple drills, watch the weekly technique, practice it and participate in rounds. For an hour or more, your focus is on the mats; not on your phone, your job, your family, etc. The time on the mats is for your own growth and success. Focus on every detail with a clear head and you will see your jiu Jitsu flourish. Additionally, this focus must be maintained throughout your jiu Jitsu journey as you will experience roadblocks along the way. Injuries, family matters, work and so much more can deter you from continuing toward the goal of a black belt – but with focus and discipline, you will be able to continue on your path.
At Stoic BJJ, we understand that life gets crazy and losing focus can be inevitable. But our coaches are here to help you get back on track each step of the way.
The thing to remember is that focus is not one-directional and does not come without speedbumps and sometimes even roadblocks. Life throws many challenges our way, and at the end of the day, we have to choose how we react to them. Being derailed is easy, being thrown off the path is easy, cheating on a diet is easy, and staying the course is so much more difficult. The important thing to understand is that a detour doesn’t have to become a permanent derailing. The only time that is the case is when you are no longer in control of your own actions….and that doesn’t happen because we are the masters of ourselves.
We offer different paths to focus on; Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, or even CrossFit 287. Each can help you achieve your goals in different ways. Same objective, different paths.