I remember a couple of years ago I was teaching a BJJ class to about 15 guys on a Friday lunchtime at UFC gym.
As I lined everyone up at the end of the class to debrief them I noticed something.
I asked each person where they were from.
“Scotland, Kenya, New Zealand, China, Japan, Ireland, UK, Canada, America, Philipines, Brazil, Afghanistan, Australia”,
was the reply.
I said to the guys,
“I don’t care where you’re from, what your sexual or religious preference is or what the colour of your skin is. The only thing that separates you on these mats is belt rank and all that matters to me is you have a go and that you respect your fellow student. Jiu Jitsu doesn’t judge. It’s for everyone.”
I remember vividly the Kenyan guy approaching me after class saying that he’d never felt more accepted than he did in that class.
It was a moment, among many, I remember very well and was a moment I took solace in considering I personally was dealing with some crap at the time.
Jiu Jitsu makes people better, inside and out.