Slowly, we started venturing out again. Our girls started training Jiu jitsu again at Elementum in September. It was the first interactions they had with other children in a group setting since March. At first, both girls were a bit shy. Our normally extroverted and outgoing oldest daughter sat quietly in her first few classes. It almost felt like she forgot some of the skills that she had been training for the past 3 years. Little by little, with Coach Tarsis’s encouragement and patience, I saw them start to come alive. Their confidence came back, and not just on the mats. Their joy overflowed to all aspects of their lives. I felt this stress and sadness lift from them. It was then that I realized the impact of Jiu jitsu reaches far beyond the 40 minute time on the mats.