When I was a white belt, I could deadlift 600+, bench 300+, and lots of other numbers that I don’t remember any more but that (at the time) filled my heart with pride. That Lex liked the 2-on-1 from closed guard, couldn’t pass a tricky guard for the life of him, except by going to old school half guard, and passing from there the judo way.
I wonder how I would do against that guy today. He is a little dumber, more competitive, and doesn’t care if he is wasting energy. When he goes up on points, he’s pretty damn good at holding the lead.
But mostly I wonder if the game I played at the time is better than the one I play today. It’s kind of like the ex-girlfriend question I sometimes ask myself. Would I have been happy if I stay with this or that girl?
These thoughts are brief and non-remarkable, but it makes me wonder what I will think of my current jiu jitsu 1, 2, 3, 5 years from now. It’s very possible that I’m at my competitive peak right now. It’s possible that I’m past it. And of course, as I hope, it’s also possible that there is still a lot of evolution left to do.
These things can’t be tested, but it would pretty damn cool to compete in an 4-man bracket of just Lex’s: one at age 26, one at 27, one at 28, and one at 29. This is probably not what is meant by that commonly quoted saying in the judo community: “It is not important to be better than someone else, but to be better than yesterday.”
I hope someone will read this blog post in the year 2113 and chuckle, since at that time, you’ll be able to simulate anything down to the atomic level for just a few bucks as an app on your smartphone that will now be implanted in your brain. Actually, it probably will BE your brain. In fact, I think it’s safe to assume that we are all living in a simulation that is running on a smartphone in someone’s brain in the year 2113.