Finding Joy & Strength Beyond Real Estate: Jujutsu

Finding Joy & Strength Beyond Real Estate: Jujutsu

In the bustling world of real estate, finding a balance of work, play and personal fulfillment is often as valuable as closing a deal. Amidst the whirlwind of property listings, client meetings, and family life, I discovered an unexpected source of joy and resilience - Jujutsu. Beyond real estate transactions, stepping onto the mat has become my peaceful place — a place where the art of combat transforms into a haven of personal growth and physical fitness. My parents made sure I had a fantastic childhood, one with many baseball and hockey games/practices. Even with how busy they made their schedules, I wish I had the time back then to get into a martial art and took some initiative to attempt to get that in the works. I guess it really is "never too late".

Jujutsu is often described as a physical chess game and demands not just physical prowess but a great deal of mental agility. Each session requires a commitment to discipline, focus, and continuous learning—qualities I like to think transcend into my professional life also. The dojo, much like the tight-knit neighbourhoods I navigate in real estate, fosters a sense of community and support. Training alongside fellow practitioners—individuals from various walks of life—creates a bond rooted in shared experiences and improvement. There is a sense of competitiveness yet everyone seems to want the best for each other and gives helpful comments whenever possible, not unlike the atmosphere in our team's office at times.

Jujutsu instills a profound sense of empowerment. The ability to navigate and overcome challenges, both on and off the mat, reinforces a resilient mindset crucial in the dynamic world of real estate. It teaches adaptability, urging one to think on their feet, to strategize, and to pivot when necessary—a skill-set essential in any competitive field.

My days may be consumed with property tours, negotiations, and the most intense problem solving situations at times. Once I bow in at the dojo, it's a reset for the day though. It's time for personal growth, but growth that also sharpens you mentally. It's a reminder that true fulfillment often lies in the pursuit of passions and tough accomplishments we face in life. Our Sensei might be the most busy guy I know, yet he still shows up to teach so many classes and so many students week in and week out. His extreme sharpness and accomplishments are an inspiration for me to not only improve my craft at the dojo but to improve my skills in everything I'm into in this short life we live.

What is something you do that others might find unexpected but is oddly important to you at the same time? If this leaves anyone wanting to throw their own hat into the ring, or onto the mats in this case, don't hesitate to reach out to me or anyone at the Yamaji dojo. If you're like me, you'll consider it the best decision you've made in recent years.

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