Monday, January 23, 2012

Where Does Dedication End?

Recently I started training BJJ again. Not nearly at the level of commitment I had before. It's fun again. I had stopped training all together for a while and when I came back, I decided this time around my life wouldn't revolve around this art. Somewhere along the line, at least for me dedication turned into obsession. It's a fine line where someone can really admire your dedication, but when you cross over to the other side, your family and outside friends may consider you to be a bit obsessive.

Really when I see a room full of young BJJ players, I really can't tell who is just truly dedicated and who is just obsessed. Maybe there is no difference. Maybe you have to be a bit obsessive to get that good. It's like they say, programmers need to be a bit autistic to be able to program for 12 hours straight.

Maybe it's a good thing we have so many obsessive, crazy, addictive personalities involved in this sport. Without them this sport wouldn't be where it is today. MMA wouldn't be where it is today. We wouldn't have all the new moves and all the new rules we have today.

And without obsessive programmers, the internet wouldn't be where it is today. So maybe they are a necessity for the cause. As for me? I'd rather observe and have some fun.

About the Author:

Sam Y. is a Personal Trainer, Coach, Performane Enhancement Specialist, Corrective Enhancement Specialist, and holds multiple certifications. He is also an avid Martial Artist, training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Kickboxing, Boxing, and MMA. He is also the author of the popular fitness blog All Out Effort as well as the popular martial arts blog Inner BJJ. You can find him in the Los Angeles area personal training his clients, or at home annoying his wife, or on Facebook at his personal fitness page.


  1. It's good to balance out your perspective so you don't burn out. Training in the martial arts is supposed to be fun. Obsession burns hot for a time but eventually burns out. What I like to encourage is a slow burning flame that keeps the interest sparked. Thanks for sharing! :)



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