Jiu Jitsu and Lessons in Humility

I’m pretty sure I’ve mentioned this before, but if I haven’t, I truly believe that Jiu jitsu is for everyBODY, not everybody. Jiu jitsu can accomodate the tall, the short, the lanky, the stocky- the list goes on and on. What ties all these people together- of all ages, races, really any demographic you can come up with, is a will and strength of character in the face of adversity, injury, and defeat.

in jiu jitsu, you WILL lose. You’ll lose matches you thought you should have won- you’ll also occasionally win matches you thought you totally should have lost. You’ll lose at white belt, you’ll lose at black belt. You’ll lose and think back on the match and reprimand yourself, saying that you know better than to do that thing at that time and what the hell were you thinking.

These losses are lessons in humility- they are very real, in your face reminders that you still have a lot to learn, even if you feel you have a certain proficiency, hell- mastery even of jiu jitsu. And it’s what you do with those reminders that define you as a jiu jitsu player. Do you make excuses, tell yourself that it was because you were feeling off that day, or do you accept that mistakes were made, and that you need to head back to the mats- to learn more and hone your technique? Do you hide from these reminders, or do you use them as motivation to go to class, to drill and understand your mistakes in an effort to correct them? Using your losses as opportunities to recognize your weaknesses and shortcomings will ultimately make you the better jitsuka, but you need to face these losses and short comings in order to improve.

Just some food for thought- have a great day everyone!



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2 responses to “Jiu Jitsu and Lessons in Humility

  1. Anne

    The mistakes of today make for a great lesson plan tomorrow

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