A large group of our kids entered the Western Kids Open in Regina. They showed some amazing heart and drive for their first tournament. Although a lot of the matches did not go our way, I was extremely impressed with their level of Jiu Jitsu, their attitudes, and their willingness to want to train even harder following their losses.
Lucas placed third in a stacked division.
We definitely had some ups and downs today. I tell the kids the same thing I tell our adults. "You compete because you are brave and believe in yourself. Your wins and losses do not define you and you can't let losses extinguish your belief in yourself. If you put the work in and be relentless your abilities will catch up to the belief you have in yourself. The results come to those who persevere."
Jiu Jitsu is as real as it gets for kids martial arts and a loss in this sport is about as tough of a loss as kids can experience. If they can bounce back and not let it deter their love for Jiu Jitsu and train even harder, they will go far in life as they learn to deal with adversity.