Noun: 1. Steadfastness in doing something despite difficulty or delay in achieving
2. Continuance in a state of grace leading finally to a state of glory.
Synonyms:persistence – tenacity – pertinacity – assiduity
Let me tell you about this Picture-
Jasmine is a cute, snippet of a girl, maybe 45 pounds. She’s a typical kid, does all the things that little girls like to do. However, she has something special, a willingness to keep trying, to never give up, to persevere.
Jasmine Harris, she started training Gracie Jiu-Jitsu three years ago. Gracie Jiu-Jitsu is a performance based martial art that changed the martial arts world. It’s a style that can allow a smaller, weaker person to succeed through leverage and technique, but it’s not an easy road. Her dad Airon brought her in, wanting her to learn self defense and build confidence. Through that time, she trained regularly, got stronger, fitter, and more confident. She entered tournaments, lost, sometimes cried, but always came back for more. She continued to train, practice her technique and develop her skills. She always has a smile, and keeps going even when the training is hard. Not even a broken wrist suffered at the playground stopped her from moving forward. Her unwillingness to give up makes her a winner at everything she does and recently placed at the Charles Gracie Invitational last September.
Life is hard, it’s easy to get tripped up, to falter, and doubt yourself. There’s always someone or
something to distract you from your goal. Quitting is an easy solution to discomfort. When we see
people strive and reach and get back up and go again, we are inspired. Jasmine is a person that you can watch and be inspired by. She faces every goal with steely determination, with one simple plan – Don’t Give Up!
The lesson here is, that learning to fail, and get back up- That’s the key to success. Jasmine has learned that lesson already, and is already a success. She demonstrates that one thing that we all need to have more of-
Coach Marc Hassell-Cramer