Why I Started BJJ ( 柔術を始めた理由 )

Hong Kong Movies are the roots. Growing up in Thailand, before the J-pop or K-pop there was Hong Kong movies. Bruce Lee, Jackie Chan, Chow Yun-Fat, Jet Li, Aaron Kwok, Ekin Chen, Stephen Chow, Donnie Yen…. and many more. All these action movie stars are probably what got me into martial arts… more like Kung fu. Growing up I put that passion aside, as I thought it was impossible to learn anything like that in Bangkok… like you gotta go to Shaolin only to be legit.


Life goes on.



Major breakup happened.


It was probably my longest relationship ever and I was pretty hurt. But then I felt like the Lord made it happen for a reason. So I thought it’s a perfect time to focus on myself. I dug up all my passion. Drawing, Singing, Blogging, and etc… Also start thinking ‘Why breakup hurts’ and was trying to dissect the concept of breakup and what it does to our brain. Somehow I came to a conclusion that, it’s because we rely emotionally so much on our partner, it became a routine, became a habit… to have that person in our life. But what is it to become independent? To be single? To be able to be on your own? Financially… I’m fine. Emotionally… I was able to snap myself out of the loop of depression, thanks to God. Physically… can I protect myself? I mean I’m healthy and everything… but…


And that’s when my passion for martial arts revived.


Taekwondo, Judo, Kendo, Kick Boxing… were some of the popular martial arts in Thailand. Somehow I wasn’t drawn to any of them… but hey, I’m in Thailand, might as well do Kick Boxing. Did it. Quit. It was friggin’ painful (of course it’s martial arts)…  Did another round of research, found Krav Maga and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. After reading reviews and comments, found out that these are recommended for women… but still deciding. Then I met a friend who later found out that he was doing BJJ, so that got me digging into it. Googled, read articles, asked around… and voila… I’m here 2 years now. (My gym: Arete Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu)


Honestly I thought it was just a great cardio to add into my routine, other than weight lifting. I’m really not a fan of running and was thinking of adding some fun cardio…. And here I found BJJ. But after starting BJJ for a few months, I found myself hooked to the philosophy of the sports. The fact that it’s not just strength… it’s very technical and tactical got me.


I don’t see myself stopping any time soon.


Wearing: Grips Kimono (Gr1ps)

About akinoyuutsu

I'm half Japanese and Thai. I sing, draw, create stuff.. and love Fashion. Currently based in Bangkok, Thailand. 日本人とタイ人のハーフで、タイランドと日本を行ったり来たりしてる、ファッション好きな女の子です。

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