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Ellie McPharlin

Challenge Yourself

In trying to come up with a theme for this summer I mulled over a few ideas.  What kept coming back to me has been my journey in Jiu-Jitsu.

In order to progress in my martial arts journey, I had to step outside my comfort zone and become a white belt again.  I won't lie, I was pretty nervous yet excited to be a total newbie again.

Jiu-Jitsu is a completely different animal than Taekwondo.  First off, I had a reality check on my conditioning and flexibility.  It was pretty good for TKD but BJJ killed me.  So my first challenge was to improve my fitness level.  At the suggestion of my instructor I was introduced to a new way of eating, this challenged my current mindset on what proper nutrition is.  It was a challenge to say the least. Not only has this change been a huge improvement for my but because I had an open mind, I have been able to educate others and help them to make better nutritional decisions.

It's been so long since I was a white belt, I forgot how frustrating it can be to learn something new.  I could have easily decided that this new martial art wasn't for me.  Unfortunately for me, I have a this thing in my head that doesn't let me give up.  Not sure what it is, maybe pride.  Whatever it is I had to keep pushing myself to go back, even after the punishments that were handed out during class. The challenge is knowing that you're probably going to fail and fail and fail again.  Why would you put yourself through that? According to Thomas Edison "I have not failed, I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work."  Keep pushing and challenging yourself and you will see great success.  It may or may not be a quick process, but it will definitely be worth it.

Part of the story of our school name is that a diamond is a rare item that is forged in the diversity or it's environment, this is what makes it so valuable and strong.  Just like a Katana sword, we are folded and pounded and folder and heated until we are strong and confident.  
This summer is all about challenging yourself to do something outside your comfort zone or pushing beyond what our brain tells us we can do or should do.  

I challenge you to take up the challenge!  

Together we can do great things!









June 3, 2014