Hi everybody, my name is Dartanian Bagby. I have been black belt for 21 years. I am more fascinated with jiu jitsu now than i have ever been before. I think many people come to jiu jitsu to learn self defense, and it is a way for them to overcome fears. The fear of getting hurt in a bad situation is a very motivating thing and it helps to get people past the first stage of their jiu jitsu journey.
After we feel competent in self preservation, there has to be something more.
For me and many others that thing is the achievement of the rank of Black Belt. But what about after that? I tell my students that if changing belts is what makes you happy, then once you are Black Belt you will be miserable because it takes 24 years for the belt to change(haha).
So basically, in three years i will finally be happy again!
Joking aside, i feel the meaning of jiu jitsu is more than self defense. That is what brings us to it, but not what keeps us. Hopefully, we all go through the process of wanting self defense , then wanting dominate and crush everyone in our path ( in the nicest possible way, of course), and finally getting past all of that and wanting to learn jiu jitsu.
The challenge to face yourself on the mat is the ultimate attraction for me. It's a complex thing, but I feel that I face who I am in the ordeal of hard training. After 30 years on the jiu jitsu mats , a whole life time on the judo mats, wrestling in college, and teaching for 21 years, I'm still not burnt out.
There must be something to this grappling thing.
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