If You Put Yourself in the Same Positions, You’ll End Up in the Same Places

So, since the weather is just cold and awful, I’ve been taking hot yoga classes on the weekends. It’s a nice workout and a way to work on flexibility and balance.

While I’m sure the instructor thinks I’m only listening to about 70% of what he’s saying due to all the wrong directions I’m facing and things I’m doing, but believe it or not I really am listening- I’m just also trying to not slip and face plant on my mat. Anyway, when he’s not providing instructions, calling pigeons the Power Animal of Philadelphia, or how we’re preparing for global warming (and the zombie apocalypse) with hot yoga, he throws out some interesting statements that I think we jiu jitsu people can relate to. One of these statements went (more or less) as such:

“If you put yourself in the same positions, you’ll end up in the same places.”

While there is nothing wrong with the familiar, it can become stifling if you only deal in your strengths- in what’s comfortable and familiar. As I’m sure you’ve heard a million times, which change comes growth: it’s when we strive for more, face what’s difficult and challenging, that’s where growth and development tend to take place. Sure it’s frustrating, but ultimately rewarding.

That’s all I’ve got for today folks- have a great day everyone!




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3 responses to “If You Put Yourself in the Same Positions, You’ll End Up in the Same Places

  1. Lisa Conway

    Like this!

  2. John

    I don’t get the statement. What about what Bruce Lee said. “I’m more afraid of a man who practiced 1 kick 1,000 times versus a man who practiced 1,000 techniques once.”

    I let guys mount me all the time. It’s my worst position. Guess what? I’m better at escaping the mount than a majority of the guys in my rank who don’t do that.

    • Katie

      I agree, practicing a particular technique is important, but it’s also important to challenge yourself now and again and at least become acquainted with unfamiliar positions or ones you do poorly in (such as the bottom of the mount as you described). The statement is more a caution against “resting on your laurels” or only focusing on things you do well, in order to improve.

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