Just admit it already; doing something out of your comfort zone is scary. Trying something new is scary, which is why most people never actually progress past a certain thought process in their life.
I get it, I have the exact same emotions. We’re wired this way. But, we’re also capable of breaking through fear.
Back in October, Maria and I signed up Lucas (our eldest son) for Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu at Straight Blast Gym (SBG) Scarborough, because if he had it his way, leveling up his character on his favourite video game would be considered exercise.
We’re all for letting him geek out, but only if there is some physical activity to counter it. Soccer didn’t interest him and although he loved swimming classes, it wasn’t interested in the technique; he just loved to play around in the water.
Enter BJJ, and he has found something that has piqued his interest.
Again, it’s not the techniques of defending and initiating takedowns, although he has become very involved and interested in them, it’s how the class is taught to kids.
They learn techniques, practice it for a set amount of time, and then just when you can see some of the kids are beginning to wander in their thoughts, they play a game.
It could be freeze tag, but to get unfrozen, a team member has to demonstrate the technique they had just learned.
The kids absolutely love it and it keeps them involved.
Kids are also taught a monthly value and are given tasks to do that month such as get ready for school without being told or, tidy your room. Parents are to give them a checkmark for completing these tasks. If they get 24 checks in that month, they are called up in front of their mates and presented with a stripe on their belt.
Lucas strives to get a stripe every month!
How I Got Over My Fear of Something New
We now have our youngest, Dexter, in the class and, I’ve joined as well.
I procrastinated for a few months with excuses for my constantly sore back, tight hamstrings, and, afraid of making a fool of myself.
But the more I watched how the adult classes were held and watching takedowns and defending techniques, the more I wanted to do it.
I finally took the plunge and joined the Muay Thai class for no other reason than to get some physical activity back in my life.
The gym simply wasn’t doing it for me any longer. It had become stale an uneventful. I was paying for the gym and not even going.
My gut was expanding and my energy was non-existent.
My back no longer hurts as much (rainy days still make me achy), and I have a renewed energy.
I look forward to the classes and was am disappointed if I miss any classes.
The most important thing that I’ve gained since joining is finding a tribe of like-minded people who don’t judge anyone but encourage you to grow.
It has been a great change for me and I am grateful for having the opportunity to challenge my fears and being surrounded by such a great group of people.
If you want to get more information about Straight Blast Gym Scarborough, their website is here.