YOU DON’T KNOW WHO YOUR FRIENDS ARE UNTIL THEY TRY TO CHOKE YOU

“Welcome!  You don’t know who your real friends are until they try to choke you.”

This was one of the first replies after Ethan has added and introduced me to the private BJJ facebook group.  So this is what I’ve gotten myself into:  a bunch of sweaty guys rolling around on the floor, breathing slowly and then being out of breath--sounds like, well, you know what it sounds like.  

It’s the new world of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu I’ve entered.  While one might expect machismo and posturing, I’ve not seen it among the guys I’ve met so far.  There is a camaraderie here I can feel.  It’s different than other programs or gyms I have experienced.

The other Facebook replies are all welcoming and positive.  “I look forward to meeting you.”  “I look forward to rolling with you.”  

What they don’t say: “I look forward to choking you.”