Today’s guest is one of those guys. One of my training partners, and much more. Bryce is also a guy helping fighters reach their full capability in MMA, not just Jiu-Jitsu. He’s also a lawman, and most importantly a family man. You can find him at @brycersm on Twitter, Instagram, and most anywhere else. Please welcome Bryce Armendariz.
So I have been at this for a few weeks now and super excited about all the great discussions. I’m Still trying to figure out my audio set up and having good luck so far short of an echo cancellation gremlin that loves to drown out my voice. Now, I know everyone listens in for the guests, but damn, man, I like talk talking on my Podcast too! I’ll get it figured out, and if any of my 3 listeners have an idea on how to fix that, let me know.
In contrast to this young podcast, which has already had some great moments, today is my anniversary of starting Jiu-Jitsu. 7-years ago today, I took my first class. I have been at it a while and it’s depressing that I have been off the mat since this whole COVID thing started. Jiu-Jitsu is more than just an individual journey. It’s not singular. It’s not going at it alone. There are many angles to it, and it truly is life-changing. A big draw for me is all the amazing damn people you get to try and kill every day. And when you get close, you agree to stop with a tap, and you try it again.
Soon enough I’ll kick off the next 7 years of Jiu-Jitsu journey. Hopefully, just hopefully, it’s not amidst another pandemic.
Ultimately, our chosen journey rests on many things. Our ability to commit to something bigger than ourselves. Discipline to follow through with our commitments. Even the way we respect ourselves, others, and the process. I find it pretty interesting, and quite frankly, a bit amusing that I just enjoyed a great chat with a dude I respect immensely, on the anniversary of my Jiu-Jitsu journey, and on the very day, Aretha Franklin dropped the song Respect in 1967.
Until next time, Get a grip!