While I was at Rebellion Academy one of the things that I cherished most was helping teach the kids and women’s classes. I have always really enjoyed providing the knowledge and encouragement that allows someone to grow past what they believed were their own limitations. I saw kids and go, either because they lost interest or found it too difficult to continue with, but yet you stayed.
Jordan, you were one of my favorites to train with, not because you were the perfect student, because you weren’t. In reality, none of us are. We all have our hang-ups. What I loved most about you was that you were and are a free spirit. Very few things about you fit what I view as your typical teen. You’re the definition of unique. You’re incredibly bright and surprisingly mature for your age. I can hold deeper conversation with you than I can most adults.
While still in your teen angst stage that we have all gone through you’re still ambitious and driven. There’s a quality about you where you know you are going to do great things in life. Whether it’s your art, which is very impressive, your Jiu-Jitsu, or whatever else you decide to get into.
Tomorrow you compete for the very first time and I can’t wait to show up and support you at Tap Cancer Out. We are all incredibly proud of you for pushing past your comfort zone. You’re miles ahead of anyone who’s allowed themselves to be too fearful to compete.
I know it’s not easy for you and that the butterflies in your stomach are swirling around. You’re thoughts might even be getting the better of you. You’re probably waking up in the middle of the night because you were dreaming about your match. I’m sure you’re weighing yourself compulsively, worried that you wont make weight. All that, and I mean ALL of it is natural and it’s part of the process. Some of us hide it better than others, but that doesn’t mean that the person across from you isn’t feeling the same things you are.
I can’t promise you that you will “win” gold tomorrow. What I can promise you is that I know Will, and I know he’s done his best to prepare you. You have an excellent coach and great teammates. Win, lose, or draw it’s inconsequential to the bigger picture. Learning is what matters most.
I’ve both won and lost my share of matches, but I have never regretted competing. So go out there and have fun. Enjoy the experience, play your game, and do your best.