Pulling on his gi pants in the Harristown Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu locker room, Morris Ball, a one-stripe white belt practitioner, told his training partners that he isn’t one to tap out on the mats. Ball, who has been training for nine months, said he just wasn’t wired to give up and be a loser like that.
“No shade to you guys,” Ball said to a group of his fellow white belts, “if you’re cool with it that’s your choice. But for me, I’m just not a quitter, you know? On the mats, in the streets, I’m just not that guy.”
Ball, taking his first class following a one-month layoff to allow a bum ankle to heal, said after class that he was probably gonna take a week or two off because his elbow was hurting after rolls.