Just like in life, you do not always win in Brazilian jiu jitsu, and sometimes class can be very frustrating when we feel like we are not improving. But we need this challenge as well; otherwise how will we deal with the inevitable disappointments and set-backs we face in life? Although jiu jitsu is an art that allows smaller practitioners to win against larger, stronger opponents, sometimes things do not go our way. In these situations, we learn to address our ego and improve our ability to handle adversity. This develops the strength of our character and our patience. Jiu jitsu is not a straight uphill climb to black belt, but a series of improvements and plateaus. It is during these plateaus in our progress that we work on our humility and patience. Without it, success is elusive – both in life and in jiu jitsu.