Achieving a black belt in Jiu Jitsu is one of the hardest feats to accomplish in terms of a martial arts grade, compared to other styles of martial arts.
It takes at least 10 years of committed training, perseverance, and critical self-reflection as to why you continue to do this martial art of ours.
Why would you go through the weekly grind of learning how to tear limbs off the human body, or perfect your different techniques of strangulations?
The process of answering these questions is always confronting and life-changing as you progress through the trials and tribulations that are required with this type of training.
So now I sit and reflect about our newest black belt, Professor Sotir Dimitrovski, or Sots, as he’s known to his friends.
He followed his cousins into training many years ago, possessing a scary amount of strength and athletic ability.
When push came to shove, Sots changed into a bulldozer. Yet, he’s always been one of the most intelligent and humble people you could ever meet off the mats.
Sots, it’s my pleasure to grade you to Professor, and I’ll say what I always say, our journey has just began.