I don't normally tell people who I don't know that I train martial arts at all, but one time I mentioned to my dentist that I practice Jiu-Jitsu, and then I added "Yeah, I know, you have no idea what that is." He said "Now, hold on...it's like wrestling with armbars and chokes...you wear gis...right? I was very pleasantly surprised! It turns out that he was a wrestler back in the day, and he thought it was really cool that I train Jiu-Jitsu. I still couldn't talk him into coming down and trying a class though, darn it!
|Jiu-Jitsu is awesome!|
Hopefully someday I will be able to say "Jiu-Jitsu" and most people will have at least heard of it, like Judo and Karate. Right now I'm usually impressed if they can simply repeat the word after me (which is even more fun if I say it with a Brazilian accent!). Luckily, Jiu-Jitsu seems to be coming into the spotlight more all the time, and our numbers grow every day. I think I'm just going start telling everyone I see about it, so then at least all of those people will have heard the word! I might even take it a step further, and start standing on the side of the street wearing my gi and carrying a big sign that says "If you don't know Jiu-Jitsu, I will choke you!".