Anybody who's ever met a BJJ practitioner knows very well they're always ready to give you many, many reasons why everyone should practice the Gentle Art. While this is true, and we could probably spend the rest of the century sharing all of them here, we instead are going to briefly tackle just a couple of them:
TRUST AND TRUE BROTHERHOOD.
As the one being choked out, you learn to trust the training partner strangling you in class. After all, you lived to hide the story, right? The reason you survived all of the rear-naked chokes and armbars is that your training partner let it go after you tapped. As you lock horns with an opponent on the mats, you must trust each other, knowing that even when you're going 1000 mph, they will not hold that choke unnecessarily, or take that arm lock deeper than it's needed. As time goes by and that relationship of trust is strengthened daily, as we promote each other's growth in all areas. By challenging and preserving each other, a strong bond is formed between BJJ practitioners and they become true brothers, knowing they can always count on each other, even off the mats.
What is your experience with trust and true brotherhood on the mats? Are you close friends with your training partners?