30 and Still Kicking

I turned 30 years old yesterday I can’t believe it I was just 16 a couple of days ago, I’m still trying to do the math on that.  I had a great birthday, my girl threw me a surprise birthday party at Ah-So Grill and Sushi, 28 people showed up!  I was very to surprised to see how many people showed up, thanks again to everyone for coming.

The party was actually a week before birthday to catch me off guard.  The actual turning 30 didn’t really hit me until I talked to my dad on the phone.  We talked a little about what I was going to do for my Birthday, I told him I will probably go to the gym and train.  He told me “why don’t you go out and do something fun instead.”  I didn’t have to teach last night so the option to go out and celebrate was definitely there, the problem was I couldn’t think of anything else I would rather do then go train.  This is when the reflection time of turning 30 came into play.  I realized life is pretty good I have a great girlfriend, terrific family and friends, great training partners, collected plenty of ones in a lifetime experiences and who knows what the future still holds.  I’m not depressed at all about turning 30 and I think that Jiu Jitsu has so much to do with that.  I was healthy and able to train last night and once again realized that all the sacrifices I have made on my path in Jiu Jitsu has paid me back already.  Jiu Jitsu has created a great life for me, I enjoy what I do for a living, it has taken me all over the globe, I’ve met some amazing people any my journey is only nine years old.  My advice to new Jiu Jitsu people is to work through the obstacles in your life, if you find a way to keep training it Jiu Jitsu through them it will pay off for you, that’s my old man advice that I can now give.


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