Joe told me he was overwhelmed by much of the book, and that he'll probably be stuck in the white belt chapters for awhile. I thought I might be overwhelmed as well, but I was pleasantly surprised to find out I wasn't. It made me realize that I do possess a considerable amount of knowledge, contrary to my previous self-assessment.
Now I'm super excited about Jiu-Jitsu again, because I can see that my hard work is paying off, and I really have been learning these past few years. As I was reading through the book, I started evaluating my strategies in a new way, and I think I gained a greater understanding of what it is I need to do to continue improving. My confidence has gone up, and I have a more clear vision of where I want to go. I can't wait to get back on the mat and put in work!
"For those that scoff at the idea that survival has to be the foundation for jiu-jitsu, look no further than your older students. Gone are the days of superior athleticism and endless endurance, so the emphasis has to be on defense." -Saulo Ribeiro, Jiu-Jitsu University